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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I are approaching our 30th anniversary this year. We have six children, four boys and two girls. Our oldest three are married and we have five grandchildren. Our youngest son is graduating from high school this spring. He will be going to college in the fall and will join his older brother who recenlty returned from a mission who is also attending college. We have a 20 year old son who is currently serving a mission. I teach early morning seminary and have been doing so for nine years. We are approaching with intrepidation the "empty nest" period of our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the church. My parents have been active all my life so going to church was what we did. I believe that all of us are converts though. At some point we have to find out for ourselves if the church is true. To be honest, I can not tell you the exact day or even the event that converted me. My conversion has been day by day, step by step. The Holy Ghost has born witness to me many times, not with an audible voice or huge manifestations but through peace and sometimes a burning in my heart. These feelings can not be forced but I find they occur when I actively seek them. Sometimes they have taken a lot of effort and other times they came with just the desire. I was preparing one summer to teach seminary in the fall. We would be studying the Book of Mormon. I read the Book of Mormon during the summer. It was certainly not the first time I had read it but it occured to me that I should pray and ask my Heavenly Father to once again confirm to me of It's truthfulness so that I could share that testimony with my students. I assumed this would take place in the not distant future but did not expect it immediately. But I had no sooner had that thought when that undeniable feeling filled my soul. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who sees our inner most desires and blesses us with those things we seek. Why am I a Mormon? At this point in my life, I could not fathom being anything else. Those principles that are taught in this faith have distilled to my core. I know in my heart of heart that THIS is Heavenly Fathers plan for me. It makes me happy, it makes me who I am.

How I live my faith

As I have remarked before I teach early morning seminary. It is an opportunity for high school students to meet together and discuss the scriptures. We meet Monday through Friday during the school year for about an hour. We begin at 6:15am and the kids go to school directly from there. It is an amazing program. The youth start as Freshman and go for the four years they are in high school. Each year we study a different set of scriptures. We spend a year in the Old Testament, a year in the New Testament, a year in the Book of Mormon and a year studying the history of the Church and the Doctrine and Covenants. Two years ago, we were studying the Book of Mormon. One of the girls in my class invited a friend of hers who was not a member to come to our class. He came almost every day for the entire year. It was a very interesting experience for me as the instructor. I always tried to keep in mind that the scripture stories and some of the concepts that were familialr to the rest of the students was brand new to him. It made me think about what I was teaching and how I would react if it were my first time hearing these things. He was an exceptional young man and it deepened the experience for all of us. His parents wanted him to wait until he was 18 to be baptised and he honored their wishes. He met with the missionaries and they taught him in the mean while. Last year, he was baptised and almost every one of the other children in that class attended the baptism. It made us all take a step back and see the Church through new eyes and I think it made us all more grateful for the blessing of being a part of it. I love teaching seminary. I said before that it is an amazing program but it's more than that. It is amazing because everyday I have 20 teenagers give up an extra hour of sleep to come read their scriptures and to get the moral strenth they need to face the day.