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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a flute player. I'm a college student. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 19 and a freshman in college. College can be a scary and slightly daunting obstacle, but I plan on surviving. I play the flute and enjoy performing and listening to music, especially movie soundtracks (like Pirates of the Caribbbean, Dark Knight, Inception) and classical music. Some of my favorite memories include playing in the marching band at football games (I love the flute and the piccolo!), hanging out with friends, or goofing around with my family. I'm turning my sights on nursing and hope to find a productive career where I can give service every day and feel like I am making a difference in someone's life. Even though I feel like I have a lot of big life questions and choices that seem to be bombarding me as an adulthood "newb", I know that Heavenly Father will always be there for me and never leave me alone. I know everything will be okay in the end if I trust Him and do what is right. I like being busy and I like being happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes sense. Religion should make sense. It gives us the advice and knowledge we're looking for, or it provides the way to find it for ourselves. I'm a bit of a worry-wart. I stress out over many things and often wonder how in the world things happen to me. This is something I've quickly come to learn--I will never ever see what's coming. As a shy, stage-fright suffering musician, I never expected to be sitting first chair with so many solos and leadership responsibilities. Nor did I ever expect to be dealing with all the other little traumas that come with teenage adolescence and growing up in a falling-apart world. But this is something else I've learned--no matter how scary everything seems, it will all turn out okay. More often than not, things doesn't even end the way I think they will. They take a turn I never anticipated, and I'm usually left happier than I would have been if everything had gone my way. I am proved again and again that I know absolutely nothing about life. There are so many things that I can't see or fathom, but I know God knows. I know He lines up all the dominos, he steers all of our lives so intricately, and there is a purpose in everything He's created. I am sure that when we do what we know to be right, when our will is in line with His, everything will falls into place for us, for our benefit, for our happiness. We just have to be willing to trust Him.

How I live my faith

I am currently a member of our stake's singles' branch. I attend Institute, which is a gospel-based study session that meets one evening every week. I and am also the very new and very green 1st counselor in our branch's Relief Society. Relief Society is the women's organization of the LDS Church; every ward and branch has their own Relief Society group made up of sisters from that area, and together they work to help each other and the other members of the ward/branch. Before this calling, I was a leader in the youth and conducted hymns in front of the congregation as a ward chorister. From the Church's youth programs and other activities, I have some really fun memories--volleyball games, dance festivals, and service projects--as well as some very spiritual and insightful lessons taught by our Sunday school teachers and youth/ward leaders. I think it would be very hard for anyone to increase their spiritual understanding if they were doing it alone. I learn so much from others; I'm glad to know other people who can and have helped my understanding grow. I also know how important it is to have others who share your same standards and beliefs. It makes you realize that there are other people who think like you; there are other people who are trying to stand up for what's right. We build each other up, and we will never have to be alone.