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Hi I'm Stephanie!

I'm a type 1 diabetic. I'm a single mom & a domestic violence survivor. I'm a 1st generation baccalaureate graduate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have had type 1 diabetes for 24 years. Not only am I complication free, but I have birthed and breastfed both a healthy son & daughter. I keep my blood glucose in tight control and I run 5K's often. I have experienced all forms of abuse in my life. The men in my life who were supposed to protect me, neglected and abused me. Two years ago, I left my abusive husband. I drove my son, my daughter, and myself to a women’s shelter 3 days before Christmas. I reclaimed the gift of agency that day. That single choice allowed many other gifts to follow. My daughter was given the precious gift of self-worth, and my son... the gift of honor & accountability. Both were given the gifts of stability and security. I was blessed with the gift of obtaining a formal education/B.S. degree. However, the gifts we celebrate most are these… God gave us His Son, His Son gave us His life (giving us the gift of eternal life), and we all have been given the promise that everything we are afflicted with in this life will work together for our good.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a dysfunctional family. Thus, I wasn't taught the blessings of the Gospel at home. I had to seek out spiritual doctrine for myself. I did this by reading all of God's scripture. In it's entirety, I have read the King James Version Bible. I have completely read and reread all of the standard works including the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. I am thankful for the sacrifices spent in making these books available to me. It is through the holy scriptures that I have developed a personal relationship with God, my Heavenly Father. I have also come to understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ through these books. Though I cannot say I am thankful for my trials, I can say I am thankful for the ability I have to overcome my trials through the Atonement of Jesus Christ! I am a Mormon also because of the greatest teacher of truth, the Holy Ghost. It is through the Holy Ghost that I have received comfort during despair, gained peace during conflict & chaos, and obtained truth amidst a sea of deceit. I am also a Mormon because I have been privileged to be raised in a nation that fosters religious freedoms and encourages the education of women.

How I live my faith

I believe as a Mormon that when I serve those around me who are in need and who are less fortunate, I am in actuality serving God. Even more so, by loving those who may be harder to love, my reward is greater and I am even more richly blessed. I serve others by bringing in meals to families in time of need (new births, funerals, illness, etc.), by babysitting, by visiting women in my neighborhood on a monthly basis, and by sharing my story giving presentations to Domestic Violence groups. I have a good sense of self worth because I am constantly looking for ways to better serve those around me. I live my religion by my actions, my words, and my example of service and kindness. I am happiest when I am serving!