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Hi I'm Stephanie Roush

My husband and I had our baby girl (first child) born in April 2012! Family means everything to me. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love my life and the person I have become because of my beliefs and the standards I have been raised with. My family means the world to me and I can't wait to watch my children grow. We had our first baby, a little girl, the middle of April 2012 and couldn't be happier!! Family is a huge aspect of our lives and we have so much love in our hearts for our little girl. We hope she will be strong in the church, like we are, and that she will come to love Jesus, her Savior, and also her Heavenly Father. While I love spending time at home with family, I enjoy getting out and doing other things. I choose not to work outside the some, so I spend a lot of time cleaning and baking and taking care of my little girl, but I still keep a few hobbies. My daughter and I love going for walks and to the zoo. I love doing little crafts that I can finish in a few hours. I go through reading phases where for weeks I can't seem to stop reading! Then I get it out of my system and I can go a few weeks without any interest in reading. Though I'm not very good, I'm working on "interior design." Or rather, I rearrange my little apartment all the time and try to find new ways to organize!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love being one! At first, I was a Mormon only because I was raised in this church and my parents were Mormons, as well as their families. As I grew and made my own decisions, I knew I wanted to stay within this church and learn all I can about the Gospel. I can say with firmness now that I am a Mormon because I know this Gospel is true. I have a firm testimony of the truth and divinity of it. The Book of Mormon was written and translated correctly for us to help us learn more about Jesus Christ and his followers many years ago. I know that the apostles and prophets of our day are called of God and they lead members of the church with honesty and inspiration from the Lord. They receive revelation for the church as a whole and encourage everyone to receive personal revelation. Being a Mormon has been the best thing for me. I see mistakes my peers have made or are making and I am saddened that their pain could have been prevented. Of course, I still make mistakes because of my foolishness, but I know that following the Gospel and the counsel it has for me that I can become a great person and I can overcome a lot of sin and sadness. I see my brothers serve missions for our Lord and I see how their testimonies grow and their lives become filled with Christ. There is truth in what they teach and it is amazing to see how greatly it influences them. I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I live my faith just as I live my life. I attend church regularly and I participate in service activities in the community as often as I can. I love learning new things about the Gospel that has been restored on this earth and I try to apply what I learn to my life. For example, I do not drink or smoke or use anything that can cause me harm. This has never been a problem for me, because, to me, liquor smells terribly, coffee tastes bitter and I've never had any desire to do drugs or smoke. Living my faith is the best thing I can do for myself and my family. I want my baby to grow up in a both mentally and physically strong home. Being a good example is sometimes the most I can do and I know I am responsible for my actions. I hope to inspire people to learn more about my faith when they see something different in how I behave and live my life.

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Stephanie Roush
We believe that if we live righteously and do our best here on this earth, we will have eternal life. Everyone qualifies for immortality, but eternal life is living with our Heavenly Parents and our Savior. I married my husband in the Salt Lake Temple, and I know that if we both are obedient and live the laws and ordinances of the Gospel, outlined by the scriptures and living prophets, we will live together in heaven. We will teach our children what we know about the Gospel so we may also have eternal life with them. Thinking about life after this one keeps me in perspective. Because I know where I want to be when I die (I want to be with my Heavenly Parents), I work hard here on earth to make sure I can get there. I learn what I can from the scriptures. I pray to receive more revelation about what I can do to improve myself. I listen to the prophets and apostles to hear their counsel. I am excited to live with my husband and my family forever in the presence of my Heavenly Parents and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Eternal life is more than just living forever and being immortal. Eternal life is being able to continue as a family, rather than being separated by death. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Stephanie Roush
No, all Mormons are not required to serve missions. If that were true, I'd be in big trouble! But there are many forms of missions. Some young men and women serve the traditional mission of leaving their families and friends to teach the gospel in another area, state or even nation as official representatives of the church. Retired seniors and married couples also serve missions if they are able and in a position to leave. My husband served a mission a couple years before we met and he loved the opportunity he had to go. He made that decision to serve a traditional mission when he was very young and he had wanted to serve the Lord and preach the gospel. As I grew up, I was given the power to choose, as are all Mormons, to serve a mission, but I decided it was not for me. Now, I serve my own little mission just by being a good example. I am not an official representative of the church by any means, but I want to share this Gospel with everyone. I love speaking to my friends about their different faiths and telling them bits and pieces about mine. I will answer questions the best I can, and if I can't answer them, I will find the full-time missionaries who are the official representatives. Show more Show less