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Hi I'm Stacy

I'm from Texas. I'm a wife and a photographer. I love sports and have Reactive Arthritis. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for almost three years. I'm a recent college graduate. I work full-time to support my husband who is in school. I'm a photographer. I can't wait to be a mother and to one day have children. I'm a blogger and a blog stalker. I love the mountains and the ocean. I love to travel. I'm athletic and love volleyball. I don't like desserts, but just took a cake decorating class. My favorite color is green.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon, but had to find the answers to the questions I had about the church by myself. I personally had to search to recognize and realize my own testimony about the teachings of the Mormon church. That, in and of itself, made me a stronger person. I am more committed to this church because I learned through study of the scriptures - The Bible and The Book of Mormon, and through prayer to my Heavenly Father. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes me a better individual. Yes, I struggle, but I know that I can always lift myself back up and that I am not doing it alone. I am grateful for the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the strong emphasis of family in my life because I am Mormon. I am so blessed to have a wonderful family that I can live with, not only in this life, but for eternity. That is what makes me a Mormon, the knowledge of the hereafter and eternity - that I can make relationships here on this earth and keep them once I am gone. I can gain knowledge and learn all that I can here and take that with me. The more I do here to become a better person, the more I take with me. This life does not end with death and it is comforting to know that. It gives me reason and purpose in this life. I am who I am because I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Everyone struggles, but I choose to live my faith. Daily I pray to thank my Heavenly Father for everything I have, to be forgiven of my faults and actions and to strive to be a better person. I attend church each week because I not only gain strength by the teachings of the gospel, but by those around me that uplift me. I am kind to those around me, I work at my marriage daily and read my scriptures to keep in perspective those things that are most important to me. I'm not perfect, but I try to do my best.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Stacy
No, not all Mormons are required to serve a church mission. A mission is a great experience for the individual serving and those he/she will meet. Young men, starting at age 19, are asked not required to serve a mission. Each young man chooses if he will go. He is promised great blessings for selflessly serving others for two years and in return, he will bless other's lives tremendously. Missions are sacred experiences. They are hard, you get rejected left and right, but it is worth it when you find that needle in the hay stack. When you change someone's life for the better, you feel different, you feel whole. Women can serve if they choose as well, staring at age 21. It is not expected or encouraged as much with women as it is with young men. But again, it is a wonderful experience. I was fortunate enough to be able to serve a church mission in Chile. Leaving home, speaking another language, learning a new culture is a humbling experience - but I wouldn't trade that time I spent with the Chileans for anything. I had beautiful experiences and met some amazing people that I still keep in touch with today. I loved being able to teach about Christ, about His fully restored church on the earth today- what a blessing! Show more Show less