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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a wife and a mom of four. I home school. I love sports, reading and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to my best friend for 13 years, and am a mom of four. Three boys, two are twins, and one girl. I home school and love it. I love sports with volleyball and basketball topping my list. I enjoy reading. I like books about history, action adventure stories and science fiction. I am trying to get better at gardening.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I was raised as a Mormon with a family history of members in the church going back five generations. Even with all that, I made the personal decision to live my life as a Mormon in my first couple years of college. That was was a time where I faced a crossroad and I decided to follow the path in which I had been raised. I knew the teachings of the LDS church were true and were the way I should live my life. Then I served a mission to Chile where I could share the teachings of the gospel with others. In doing this it strengthened my testimony of the truthfulness of gospel. Ever since I have seen how living my life by following the teachings of Christ has brought me joy and peace. I know I have a place to find answers and someone to turn to when I need help.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith my helping others live their faith. In our church community, or ward as we call them, we all help each other in living our faith. That is done by serving each other in various ways. One way is we help teach classes to the children, youth or adults. I have taught the children in what we call primary. The children start as young as 18 months learning about who made the earth and everything in it. My favorite is being with these little innocent children. It's been a year since I did that because I now help out the adult women in our ward to make monthly visits to each other to make sure that everyone is alright. In the monthly visits two adult ladies will go and visit another adult lady and in the visit a spiritual lesson will be shared as well as making sure that things are going well in the home. If there is something that the lady needs help with the two visitors can help, or if it is a big project then more ladies will be asked to volunteer to help out. If more people need to be recruited, then we get more people involved and that could be everyone in the ward. Serving and helping is what Christ wants us to do and that is how I live my faith.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Stephanie
 Mormons do believe in the doctrine of grace, but maybe a little differently than some people. What is grace? Grace is the gift of strength given through the atonement of Jesus. In this mortal life we face two obstacles in returning to live with God. The first one is mortal death and the second is sin or spiritual death. Jesus overcame both these obstacles through the atonement. Overcoming mortal death by being resurrected is unconditional to everyone. Because Jesus was resurrected we all will be too. We don't have to do anything - this is a gift for all. Overcoming spiritual death requires effort on our end, especially if we want to live with God for eternity. Christ suffered in the garden of Gethsemane for our sins as part of his atonement so we can repent . This is a gift too but we must repent of our sins. Knowing we can overcome our sins through the atonement and grace of Jesus helps to give strength to repent. I once had this principle explained this way A person walking along and then falling off a cliff can be representative of the fall of Adam. To return to God we need to get back up on top of the cliff. Christ's atonement is like a rope being dropped down to help us get back up. We can't just grab on to the rope and yell pull and we can't ignore the rope and try to scale up the side of the cliff. We must grab a hold of the rope embrace the atonement and use the rope to get ourselves back up the cliff use the principle of repentance to overcome our spiritual death or sin. So Mormons believe that we are saved by grace as it says in Acts 1511, "But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved" and we also believe that we have a part to do as it says in 2 Nephi 2523, "for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." What is it that we can do? Repent and live the commandments to overcome our spiritual death or sins so we can return to live with God. Show more Show less