Hi I'm Stephanie
I'm a mother, a teacher, a writer, a friend. I'm a Mormon.
I'm a 40-something mother of three children, ages 11, 9, and 7. I'm married to a great man who is a genuine partner. I'm a mom and who spends most of my time hopping from one glamorous task to the next-- you know, laundry, grocery shopping, scraping things off the walls, packing lunches etc. -- and I go back-and-forth between the opinion that I never get anything done and the realization that I what I do accomplish matters a lot. I'm learning motherhood day by day and I'm surprised over and over by how much miracle is wrapped up in the small details. I claim Georgia as my home, but I also grew up in Illinois, North Carolina, Missouri, and Indiana. I am the oldest of four children and my siblings are still my good friends. My education is in Spanish Teaching, and I've taught Spanish classes at the high school and university levels. I was a missionary in Argentina, and I still have a deep love for the Hispanic language and culture. Now I teach religion part-time at my local university. In my fifteen years of married life, we've lived in Utah, North Carolina and Minnesota, and we've collected great friends along the way. I don't live a perfect life, but it's a content life. There are challenges, of course, but my relationship with my Heavenly Father pulls me through---with a little help from naps, chocolate, restaurants, and an occasional vacation.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I am certain of God's love for mankind and His ongoing involvement in our lives. He is not an absent God, neither in personal interactions nor in the direction of His kingdom on earth. I am a Mormon because I know that there are living prophets and apostles who continue to speak for God just like the prophets of old did. I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and that He is my savior. He is my friend. I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and I have felt the spirit of God over and over again as I've read it. Most importantly, I am a Mormon because as I have applied the doctrines of my faith in my life, I have felt an increase in God's love for me and His blessings in my life. I am a Mormon because my faith strengthens me and brings me closer to Christ.
How I live my faith
I try to live a principle-driven life. I spend my time on things that are important to me, the most important being my family. I love to study the gospel of Jesus Christ in the scriptures. I love to study the teachings and counsel of living prophets and apostles. And I love to teach the things I learn to my family and in classes at church or in conferences and workshops with youth. I talk to my children about Heavenly Father and his love for them and his plan for all his children. I feel joy when I see them act upon principles they've learned from the scriptures or our family discussions. I've also kept a blog where I try to explore the divinity in motherhood, to remind myself and others that among all the mundane details of a mother's day, there are sparks and reminders of a powerful eternal mission and reflections of true Christ-like living. I try to be a good friend. I try to create a home and a way of life where we can feel the love of God. I try to protect my family from the dark forces in the world by arming them with a knowledge of truth. I just try to be a friend to Jesus Christ.