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Hi I'm Steph

I'm a writer, a wife, a dancer, a friend, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 21 year-old working, laughing, and adventuring college student, majoring in Humanities, English, and Editing. I'm a writer and editor and work for a magazine. I'm always up for new things. I love to travel, to play sports, and to learn about anything! I have lived in Colorado, Utah, Hawaii, and the Middle East. I have a firm belief that the more we know and experience, the more our perspective broadens and our character deepens. I love to read and scuba dive, but my husband, nieces, and nephews are my true loves; family is my life. My number one goal is to make my husband the happiest man on earth, and the only way to do this is to love as unselfishly as I can. I believe it is important to work hard and to be successful, but when the day is done, if I haven't shown someone that I love them or strengthen those with whom I interact, the day has been ill spent. I am an unfailing optimist and unafraid to open my mouth for what I believe in.

Why I am a Mormon

No where else can you find doctrines, teachings, and people that are so focused on love, forgiveness, and doing your best. I believe in the system and organization of the church. It makes sense. After having read and deeply studied the Book of Mormon, New Testament, Old Testament, Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrine and Covenants, I received personal confirmation of their validity and power for my life individually. They have brought me closer to my Savior, leaving a gap that can only be bridged by consistent prayer, constant humility, and exact obedience to his commandments. Being a Mormon makes me happy; it is a continual thought, action, and state of being. "I am a Mormon" is the truest statement I could make: my name, my mood, my interests, my loves may all change, but who am I, truly? I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As young college students surrounded by other Mormons (until we graduate anyway), there are still many opportunities to live our faith. Reaching out to others in the church has changed my life in so many ways; in fact, the one girl I was assigned to frequently visit set me up with my to-be-husband. I have had roommates who struggled in every facet in life: depression, schizophrenia, same-sex attraction, bipolar, anxiety, eating disorders, learning disorders, and downright rudeness. Through living my faith and loving each of these girls, I have seen their lives change. However, more importantly, I have seen myself change.