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Hi I'm Stephanie

I was born and raised in the LDS church. After about six years away from church, I returned on 7/18/2010. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

***Activities & Interests: music (listening, playing, performing, teaching, learning), reading, learning, spending time with friends, good friendships, health, DCI (Drum Corps International; a little like professional marching band), going out to explore, service, staying up late, hugs, being productive, photography, performing arts, art, making up words, being positive and uplifting, family history/ genealogy, LDS temples, studying LDS church doctrine (teachings), LDS missionaries, official LDS websites, proper spelling and grammar, bunnies, hammies (hamsters), horses, other animals, giving most new things a chance, cuddling, good naps, travel, other cultures and languages, not really watching TV, unintentionally being random and amusing, being grateful ***Roles: daughter, sister, sister-in-law, auntie, friend, U.S. citizen, LDS church member ***College/ Work: University of Me. Job is Working-on-Me. (I am unable to attend university or work due to my severe health conditions. I work hard to push forward in order to become better.)

Why I am a Mormon

***I was born and raised in the LDS church. I was a devout member. Then I felt as though I had never felt the Spirit in my life, and that I had always been alone. I felt as though I was a failure. I discontinued any association with the church when I was nearly 17-years old, which was right before my senior year of high school. I did not return to the church for about six years on Saturday, July 18, 2010. ***I had been considering other routes of religion and spirituality. I decided I needed to revisit the church first. I knew I believed in the values and morals of the church. I dived right into doing all that I could to have faith in the church. ***This is where I began to notice how the Spirit personally touches me. I believe in the importance and power of sincere individual prayer, scripture study, and attending all church meetings. I believe in the wonderful counsel received through prayer, by meeting with the bishop, and by meeting with the missionaries. I believe it takes hard work and much personal effort to learn the teachings of the church and to be diligent in following them; slowly but surely one will obtain that faith in ones heart. ***I know I have much progress to make, and that this is life. Life is also to have joy and happiness by following the commandments and teachings of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. ***I know one needs to make the choice and commitment as well as to take action in order to see positive changes and growth. I know it is a huge challenge to turn away from temptations and to keep with good choices. I know it is well worth it to do so because it can bring one peace as nothing else can.

How I live my faith

***I am in a ward (a group of members by residence boundaries and number of members) that is specifically for Young Single Adults (YSA), which consists of members from age 18 to 30. ***I attend: church every Sunday, institute (a religious course) once or twice a week, Home Evening (Family Home Evening for those that are not single) every Monday to participate in a short lesson followed by a fun activity, the temple once a week, any other fun/ spiritual/ service activities, and an activity with the women once a month. ***I also: receive a brief lesson and catch up with two men who are my home teachers once a month, receive the same by two women who are my visiting teachers once a month, and hold a calling (a position of service within the church) where I help plan the monthly activities with other women for when the women get together. ***By my personal choice I: meet with my bishop (the head leader of a ward) once a week as I am a returning member so I can receive his counsel, and meet with the missionaries once a week as a returning member so I can have help growing my faith and testimony in the church.