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Hi I'm Stephanie

I am an only child, amature photographer and desert rat. I am a Mormon

About Me

I am 22 years old. I am a massage therapist and a self-proclaimed photographer. I am in Billings, Montana and I despise winter. I love the heat and sand and cacti. I would love to say that I read a lot of books, but somehow those good movies that you can quote all day long just get in the way of that. I love anything cowboy, but still one of my favorite things is a good ol' fashion rock concert.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Latter-Day Saints church. But I did not always follow what I had been taught. I was raised in a home with a single mom, who eventually married my step-dad and my Grandparents. At a point in my early teens I became very angry with the situation that I thought I had just been dumped in. I didn't understand what my purpose was. I didn't understand why the Atonement of Jesus Christ had anything to with me. So I fell away from my roots and the church. I felt as if I hated the church and even actively persecuted the people in the church and 'their' beliefs. I felt totally and utterly alone. I felt like the church had turned it's back on me, but in reality I was the one that had chosen to walk away. And I walked right into the world. It took me quite a few years to see that the world had no lasting happiness to offer me and that even though it was harder to stay true to the teachings of the Savior, it was much more rewarding. One day, after many stuggles, I finally saw a glimpse of eternity, and it scared me. I realized that the path I was on was not the one that I had first chosen, and it helped me realize that the only real way to lasting joy was through the Savior and His church. Once I made the decision to change and come back, it was not an easy one. It was many more years of struggle, tears, and a recommitment every day to stay on the strait and narrow path. But once I DID make that choice, I realized that the Savior never turned His back on me, He was only letting me get the experience I came here to this earth to acquire. He waited for me and helped guide me back to His ever loving arms. There are still days that are hard, there always will be. But now I am secure with whose side I am on.

How I live my faith

Over a year ago, my head popped off my pillow one morning and I said, 'I'm going on a mission.' I had never had such a strong desire to serve the Lord. I had just come back in to the church with my renewed dedication and the Spirit said that it was time for me to start my mission. So here I am in Montana where I get to talk to everyone I meet about why being a member of the church is awesome, and that the Atonment of Jesus Christ really does work for them, too. I have to really live my faith because as missionaries we are forever being watched, by members of the church, but especially by those not of our faith.