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Hi I'm Steph

I grew up near Philadelphia, and recently graduated with a college degree in business management and economics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent college graduate, with a degree in business management strategy and a minor in economics. I love numbers, science, etc. I grew up being taught the gospel from my childhood. My parents were heavily involved in the church all throughout my childhood years. We went to church every Sunday, and always had Family Home Evening, family scripture study, family prayers, and enjoyed time together. Everything was pretty much perfect, except for the fact that I didn't know for myself if what I had been taught all of these years was even true... So I decided to find out for myself.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 15, I realized that I needed to figure out for myself if I really believed what I had been taught all of these years. Since birth, I had been taught stories from the scriptures, shown pictures of Jesus, etc. But I realized that I had no idea if any of this was true, or if I had just been brainwashed since I was a little girl. In high school I studied many religions - buddhism, hinduism, catholicism, many protestant reformed churches, pretty much everything. I took classes on world cultures and histories of religions, trying to figure out what really made sense to me. Many people say that "they don't know anyone religious who has actually studied religion". Well, they have not met me, or many other Mormons that I know. However, still after all of this study, I was no closer to figuring out what I believed than I had been. Right before I turned 16, I attended an EFY (Especially for youth) camp that the church hosts. I went down with a friend and we spent the whole week having fun, attending dances, etc. It was here that I dedicated significant amounts of time to reading the scriptures and praying for an answer to know if what I was reading, studying, and living - was actually true. Being an extremely logical person, I understood that my entire question rested on the question of "the restoration of the church and the first vision". I had to find out for myself if this event really occurred; for if this was true, then all else with the church falls into its appropriate place. I prayed to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet. At a testimony meeting, the hymn "Praise to the Man" was sung. As the group of youth at the camp began singing the hymn, a feeling like I have never felt before completely overcame me - and I knew with my whole soul that this was the truth. Joseph Smith was a true prophet called of God to restore his church. This is Christ's church on the earth. We are part of God's eternal kingdom.

How I live my faith

I volunteer at the church teaching a Sunday school class to young children 4-7 yrs while their parents are in the adult Sunday school class every Sunday. However, the main way that I live the gospel is through continually reading and studying the words of the living prophets, and making every effort in my life to improve based upon their teachings every day. If we study the words of the living prophets, and read from the scriptures and pray each day, we truly will see miracles in our lives.