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Hi I'm Stephanie

I grew up in the United States. I'm divorced with no children. I'm a Sales Leader for a large company and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hi. I'm a Sales Leader for a large global company. I have 4 degrees, including an MBA. I'm female and am divorced with no children. I like to read about fashion, jog, practice yoga, shop, study art and literature, and go to the beach. Most of my friends aren't Mormon and have different view points on religion. However, we enjoy discussing what we have in common and sometimes what we don't. I'm very intellectual and enjoy studying mathematics and science. I also enjoy playing with my niece and nephews and I enjoy traveling. I listed to all types of music and love meeting people from different cultures and eating exotic food.

Why I am a Mormon

Hi. I'm a Mormon but haven't always been one. I was raised in the church and baptized at age 8 but I left the church in my teens. I married a Muslim man and we had a good marriage but neither of us practiced the religions of our youth. Around age 26, I had a good life, great husband, financial security, good friends and many other blessings but I felt like something was missing from my life. I started to look at various religions and began to attend the Mormon church first, since I knew what to expect. I had a copy of the Book of Mormon and I picked it up and started reading it one day. I noticed something different that I didn't expect. Each day I read a few verses of scripture from the Book of Mormon, I had a better day. Even if things didn't go so well, I wasn't as stressed or worried. And on the days I didn't read, I didn't feel as peaceful or content. As I continued to read, I started to apply the teachings of Christ. As I applied these teachings, I received many blessings but more importantly, I began to understand the purpose of the Atonement and I felt closer to Jesus Christ. This convinced me I had discovered a Book of true teachings from the Savior. Since this time, I've also read the Bible and continue to do so. With both books, I have a complete understanding of the Savior, His Gospel and teachings. I know how to apply them to have the best life. The Book of Mormon changed my life and has taught me Faith in Christ is the only path to happiness. The Book of Mormon has taught me the necessity of the Atonement and why Faith in Christ, Baptism, and Repentance are so important to success and happiness in this life and the life hereafter. I know that Jesus Christ lives and leads The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints through a living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I've come to this knowledge by applying my Faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, applying teachings from the scriptures and praying daily. My knowledge is based on real results.

How I live my faith

I have served as President of the youth group (children ages 3-12). I currently help with the young children and occasionally teach classes to the youth. I also volunteer to work in the Temples. I assist the Missionaries when I can and am a Member Missionary. To live my Faith, I set time aside each morning to pray and read my scriptures. This is critical. If I don't do this, I tend to distance myself from the Lord and I'm not very happy. I do my best to live Gospel principles. I avoid rated 'R' movies and inappropriate music and books. This helps me to feel the Spirit or peace from God which allows me to make better decisions in my life. I also try to avoid consuming harmful substances (drugs, alcohol, etc) because they dull the Spirit or peace from God. I am alone much of the time because of my age (mid-30's) and because I don't participate in some of these activities. However, I'm greatly blessed by the Lord and usually don't feel too lonely or upset. I don't shop or work on Sundays and do my best to observe the Sabbath and pay a full tithe. Both of these commandments are another avenue for the Lord to bless us and my Faith has been strengthened by observing these commandments. As a single attractive woman, I've faced many temptations to stray from the Gospel but the Savior has been there for me and protected me from making bad decisions that would have made me very unhappy. I can't tell you how happy I am that I read the Book of Mormon and by doing so, I gained an understanding of the great Gospel teachings found in the Bible and Book of Mormon (which prior to reading the Book of Mormon weren't as clear). I know if I continue to read my scriptures each day and pray with sincerity, I will be blessed and I will return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ someday. I know that my garments will be made pure white through the Atonement of Christ. This knowledge keeps me going when life gets tough.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Stephanie
You can study, apply and pray about the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in both the Book of Mormon and the Bible. Applying the teachings of Christ and experiencing the results of our actions is the clearest path to increasing our Faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Stephanie
Mormons live like others. However, most members avoid common temptations, such as abusing our bodies with harmful substances and inappropriate media. These help us to feel the Spirit, or peace from God and help us avoid unhappy situations. Other than that, I feel we are like most people. We like to laugh, have fun, study, learn and socialize with our friends, neighbors and communities. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Stephanie
Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the only Begotten Son of God, our Eternal Father. We believe God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three distinct beings that are one in purpose. We believe we are created in the image of God. Most importantly, we believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ is this 1. Faith in Jesus Christ Faith comes by hearing and applying the Word of God from the scriptures 2. Repentance You must have a desire to become more like Christ and make a sincere effort to change our selfish ways. You do NOT have to be perfect, just try your best 3. Baptism by Immersion We must follow the example of the Savior, who being Holy was also baptized by immersion. You must be baptized by one that holds the authority to do so. Even Jesus Christ sought out John the Baptist as he was the only one that had the authority to baptize. 4. Gift of the Holy Ghost Helps us to repent and avoid straying from the Gospel 5. Endure to the End Repeat these steps until we leave this life These 5 principles are the Gospel of Christ. Other teachings, contain the mysteries of God but are not foundational to Salvation. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Stephanie
We do not worship Joseph Smith. As a member, I have great respect for the many sacrifices he made to restore Christ's Gospel. He was tormented, beaten and murdered in the process of translating the Book of Mormon and re-establishing the Gospel of Christ. However, we worship God, the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. At the end of the day, the Atonement and ensuing Gospel of Christ Faith, Repentance, Baptism are the only means of Salvation known to mankind. Joseph Smith restored these truths, or rather, made them more clear through translation of the Book of Mormon and modern revelation from God as he was a Prophet with the power to do so. However, other than to understand Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, belief in Joseph Smith will not bring about your Salvation. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Stephanie
Because the Gospel has such a profound impact for good and to change a bleak, unhappy outlook on life to one of great happiness and blessings, members are excited to share. We know many people are waiting to hear the message the missionaries bring and that some people are not interested. Our goal as missionaries both full-time and member is to make sure all have the opportunity to hear the message. For those that are waiting, the Gospel message changes their lives and that is why we continue to proselyte. Show more Show less