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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a Texan, wife, mother, artist, horseman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 30-something stay-at-home mom with 2 small children. I have bachelor's degrees in Studio Art and Art History and have done some graduate work in Art History. I love animals and have a passion for rescue animals in particular. Right now our family consists of 2 dogs, 1 cat and 6 horses in addition to myself, my husband and our two kids. I love horseback riding and anything to do with horses. In addition to animals, I love art, reading, traveling and spending time with family. Lately, I've been getting into trying to live a more sustainable life, and we've been raising chickens which provide us with our own eggs. I also started a VERY small garden which I hope to expand next spring. I love being outdoors and nurturing the animals and the land. I think it is very good for my children to grow up on our little farm!

Why I am a Mormon

There are lots of reasons that I am suited for the Mormon lifestyle, like the family-oriented nature of the Church, the honesty and integrity of other members and so on. But the real reason that I am a member is that one Sunday when I was in my 20s and hadn't gone to church for a long time, I was sitting in church with my sister and was touched by the Holy Spirit. I knew with my entire being that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true. I just knew. In that few moments, I knew that the Book of Mormon and Bible were true, I knew that Joseph Smith was a true prophet and had restored God's true church on the earth. Most importantly, I knew that Jesus Christ was my Savior and Redeemer. For about nine years prior to that moment, I had lived a lifestyle that was not in accordance with the teachings of the church. I had even questioned the existence of God. But from then on, I could no longer question God's existence or the truth of His Gospel. I began to change my life then and returned to the church and since then have experienced the blessings of striving to live according to the teachings of the Church.

How I live my faith

I love Visiting Teaching and just serving in whatever way I am asked to. The gospel is part of my life every day, not just on Sundays. We try to have family home evening once a week and we have family prayer and scripture study every night with our children in addition to personal prayer and scripture study. Sometimes life gets hectic and overwhelming and that's when I realize that I'm probably not focusing on what's really important: faith and family.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

God has set the church up this way, and it works beautifully. I think the main thing to recognize or understand about this issue is that having the priesthood is not about wielding power and authority over other people, it is in fact a weighty responsibility placed on the shoulders of the holder. Women reap the blessings of the priesthood by supporting our priesthood leaders, supporting and working side by side with them and with our husbands. A sister missionary that I knew a while back said that women in our church have more responsibility and "power" than in most churches: we preach/teach from the pulpit pretty much every Sunday, we hold major leadership roles within the church, and we are respected and honored by the men around us. I was not active in the LDS church for 9 years of my life, but I've never felt more free and liberated as a woman than I do now as an active, contributing member of the church. Show more Show less