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Hi I'm Stephanie

Mother, wife, daughter, sister, neighbor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in hot Yuma, AZ. My father is a date farmer. While in college I met my husband and we married in 2000. After a few year of working in cancer research, we decided to start a family. I am now a stay at home mom of three boys and one girl. My husband and I love Colorado where we live. When I'm not taking care of children, I like to play volleyball and basketball, ride my road bike, and participate in triathlons. I also enjoy a good book and bird watching.

Why I am a Mormon

The number one reason I am a member of this church is because I believe its Christ's church. I've been a member since I was baptized at the age of 8. My parents taught me the doctrine of the church as I grew up and encouraged me to gain my own testimony that it is true. Over the years, I have prayed daily and read scriptures. I have felt the spirit of the Lord guide me in many aspects of my life. I have also felt it testify to me that God lives and loves me, Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God, that the Book of Mormon is true and that there are prophets today. As I have followed the commandments of Jesus, I have experienced happiness in my life.

How I live my faith

My faith is lived daily. My most important calling in life is that of a mother. I try to find instances during the day to teach my children the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a family we pray and read scriptures together. At church, I am currently a relief society teacher. Relief Society is our women's organization, and I have the great privilege of teaching them once a month on a gospel principle such as faith or repentance. I have recently started doing some family history. I have researched my ancestors and expanded my family tree. In the LDS temples we can perform saving ordinances such as baptism for those who did not have that opportunity while on earth. This a great and fulfilling service, to do for them what they can not do for themselves. In one part of the temple we perform sealings where married couples and families are sealed together for all eternity, meaning their family relationships will last beyond death and forever. As I have done this for my ancestors, I have felt profound joy and the outpouring of the spirit. This has strengthened my faith and testimony.

Are Mormons Christians?

Stephanie
We are!! Contrary to what some would have you believe. If you base the definition of Christian on one who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ, Mormons would be included. We do believe some things that do not follow the traditional Christian beliefs such as our definition of the nature of God and the continuance of revelation through prophets. However, we believe what the bible teaches about Jesus Christ and follow those teachings. Specifically, that Jesus Christ is the same God from the Old Testament, he is the Creator of heaven and earth, he was born to a virgin mother, he performed great miracles on Earth, he suffered and died for our sins, that it is only through Him that we can repent and become clean from sin, and that Christ was resurrected three days after his death.  Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Stephanie
 Last year my husband and I participated in a 90-day bible reading challenge with friends of other faiths. Mormons love and revere the bible as much as those of other Christian sects and it was wonderful to come together to read and discuss the words of God in the Bible. Through that experience I have gained a greater testimony of the bible and its divine message about our Saviour. I love it. The LDS church believes that some things in the bible have been taken out or changed. However, the overall majority of the bible has been miraculously preserved for us today. If you were to look at my scriptures, you'd see that the bible comes first out of our four standard works, followed by the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. Show more Show less