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Hi I'm Stacey

I'm the mother of four children, the wife of an accounting researcher, and I love to sing alto. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a business school professor and four blue-eyed, happy children call me "Mommy." I grew up in Virginia, not far from Washington, D.C. My son was born while I was in graduate school, and a year and half later to the day, my first daughter was born just hours after I submitted my final draft of my Master's thesis. Our next daughter was born in my husband's last year of graduate school and then we had our fourth child, another girl, the next year. My master's degree is in instructional psychology & technology and I put it to use today by helping my children learn something new every day! I enjoy reading (especially with my children), trying new recipes, singing and being with my family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young girl of about nine or ten years old, I came home from church having heard a lesson about what is called The First Vision: when Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ as he prayed in a grove of trees to know where to find truth. I knelt down by my own bedside and prayed very earnestly to be able to know for myself that Joseph Smith had, indeed, seen God and Christ, and I prayed with great faith that I might be able to see Them as well to know of their existence. I did not have a vision, I did not see what Joseph Smith saw, but I felt a warm, comforting feeling wrap around me that assured me that those events had taken place in 1820. As I opened my eyes after my prayer, a burst of sunshine came in through my bedroom window and I felt a peace from God that also assured me that though I had not seen God & His Son, I would learn for myself in other ways of their existence if I chose to live my life according to His will. Since that time many years ago I have been reminded that what I believe is true, and I believe it is because I have done my part to live as God wants me to. Being a Mormon is something that I choose to do - not just because it is what my parents offered to me as a young girl, but because I know for myself that relying on God and Jesus Christ has helped me to be healed and strengthened in the difficult times in my life and it has helped me feel an even greater, immense joy in the happiest moments in my life.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as our congregation's choir director. This is the fourth time I have had this responsibility and it is extremely rewarding for me. I love the musical enrichment it provides for me but the spiritual blessings of the kind of music we sing to worship the Savior are truly amazing. I also live my faith by befriending neighbors and helping anyone I can when a need arises. I do my best to attend the temple regularly, to renew the covenants I made with God at baptism each week when I attend church and partake of the Sacrament, and I do my very best to pray and study the scriptures with my husband and children and on my own each day. My faith in Jesus Christ is strengthened as I do what He would have me do.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Stacey
Mormons revere and admire and love Joseph Smith, just as we do the prophet of today. Joseph Smith did much to help bring Christ's church back to the earth once more, and for his sacrifice and his life we will be forever grateful, but it is still Christ's church - and that is who we worship. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Stacey
When I go to church I wear what is often termed "Sunday best." For me & my daughter this is usually a modest dress or skirt & top, for my son it is nice slacks and a dress shirt, and for my husband it is most often a white shirt and a tie, usually with a suit. Visitors to church services and even other Mormons in different parts of the world may not have the same Sunday best as someone else, but we do try to come to church prepared physically and spiritually and dressing appropriately is one way to do this. I once heard that when we are dressed nicely we can focus well on what we are doing - when we go to worship in the Lord's house, our focus should be on Him. Mormons celebrate Christmas, the birth of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. I love reflecting on how Christ came to the earth in such humble circumstances and how he grew to fulfill such an important role in God's plan. We also celebrate Easter. For Mormons this is more of a holiday to remind us of Christ's Atonement and Resurrection, and not just his Crucifixion. Other holidays such as Thanksgiving or even Valentine's Day allow us to create strong bonds within our families as traditions are formed. Show more Show less