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Hi I'm Steph

I am your average college student from Wisconsin & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Stephanie Ann Schaefer. I go to college & am majoring in Social Work with a minor in Spanish for Health Care Professions. Helping people has always been a passion of mine, so I am excited to get my college degree and go out into the world to start my career! I absolutely love dancing-- I have been for 16 years and dance for the company at my college. I enjoy spending time outdoors, going on picnics and adventures, having family time, doing fun things with my friends, and trying new things.

Why I am a Mormon

Finding my faith was never an easy task. I always felt that everyone grew up in a church and thrived off of it, while I was struggling to know what faith was and where the "truth" was hiding. I had investigated the LDS church for 3 years. I was lucky enough to have my best friend introduce me to the church while being his dance partner in a musical. During those three years, I had endured hardships and trying moments. I have no one in my family who is LDS, so it was a constant struggle between what I knew was right for myself and what my family wanted for me. I hungered for unshakable faith and a strong testimony. I took a year off from investigating the church and decided that it wasn't what I wanted in life. I tried to run as far away from everything that had to do with the church; members, praying, my best friend, and even God. As my life had hit a low point, I realized that I needed to do something to change my life around. I started to pray to Heavenly Father, asking him to show me how to live a pure life again. It was no surprise to me that in that summer that I had prayed most diligently, I had run into members who asked me to come back, and my mother told me I needed to start going back to church so I could know that it was true. I knew then that the Holy Ghost was guiding me. Within two months of going back to church, I committed to baptism. It has been without a doubt, the best decision--it has changed my life in the most wonderful ways. I am Mormon because it gives me such strength. It gives me the courage to live my life according the principles and doctrines of the church. I have never felt so incredibly happy and blessed as I did the day I got baptized. I remember the covenants I have made with Heavenly Father every Sunday when I take the sacrament and know that I am blessed because of it. And with a smile on my face, I can thank God for blessing me with a part in that musical.

How I live my faith

I am lucky to be a part of two wonderful LDS churches. One is a small branch in my hometown, and the other is a ward in the town I go to college in. I am so proud to have members in each of the churches that I can call family and can turn to for advice, or even a simple smile. I live my faith by going to church every Sunday and by actively being there and participating. I have been called as a Young Women Instructor, so I also take part in their activities as well. Every Thursday night, I get together with other students from our ward and on campus for institute & LDSSA. It's a great way to meet students and see how they live out their faith in their own lives. Living out my faith is not always easy-it sometimes means giving up the things all of your friends do so that you can live a pure, chaste life. But when you do give up the impure things of your life and live as an example to those around you, Heavenly Father blesses you with wonderful opportunities. It's not a burden to live out your faith, it's a blessing.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

 I used to think when I was a Catholic that Temple marriages were not that important. I thought that if I ever married a Mormon man, we could have a civil wedding, and then I would convert. Now that I am Mormon though, I see temple marriages in a whole new light. In Catholic wedding vows, you say "To death do us part." I used to think it was really sweet--you and your husband will be together as long as you live. However, in the Mormon faith, you can be together for forever & eternity, something even greater! It's one of the many blessings that couples can receive from the Temple. Another Temple blessing that goes hand in hand with marriage is being sealed to your family. When you are sealed together, your family may be together in the kingdom of our Heavenly Father. As stated in the Bible Matthew 1818 Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven. Our Heavenly Father is incredibly forgiving and merciful- I don't think he would want us to be without the people we care about most.  Show more Show less