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Hi I'm Stephanie

I grew up in North Carolina. I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading, sewing, scrapbooking, camping, hiking and am trying to start backpacking again. I have a husband and three wonderful children. My oldest son is currently serving a mission in Japan until January of 2013. My husband and I have been married for 20 years! It hasn't always been easy, but it has been a wonderful time together. Having the Gospel in our lives has carried us through many hard times and many wonderful times. I am currently going back to college to finish a degree in nursing. This has been a long process and how I wish I had done this when I was 18, but I made the choice of getting married when I was 20 and had 3 incredible children. But my kids are older and I feel like it is my time to finish a college degree.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were both members of this church. I have always gone to church. My family never had a time of inactivity. The gospel was always in our home - our focus on Christ, his teachings, the commandments, the Bible, The Book of Mormon and working together as a family. I was born in Utah, however I grew up in North Carolina. It wasn't always easy to be mormon - a lot of people questioned the religion and didn't understand the teachings of the church. But I always managed to keep my faith and of course as a teenager had to find my own way in the Gospel. As a child you rely on your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other adults testimonies, but even if you have been a member since birth, there still comes a time when you have to decide if this is the true church. For me, I started working through this as a teenager as life becomes quite complicated in your teens due to peer pressures and just being a teenager in general. I guess I was fortunate because I never had any great doubts about the church. I prayed, I read my scriptures, I tried my best to follow the teachings and commandments. When I got married and began my own family, I really developed my own testimony. Anyone who has children knows what a great miracle and responsibility it is. My husband and I had to choose how to raise our children. My husband is a member of the church also. Together we have tried hard to keep the Gospel in our home and our focus on Christ and his teachings. This isn't always easy, but I know that this is the true Gospel and that through our obedience to the commandments and teachings of Jesus and our prophets, we will be able to return to live with our families and our Heavenly Father and elder brother, Jesus Christ again. This is something that I have always felt and never doubted or questioned. I'm very thankful for the atonement of Jesus Chirst. Through this we are forgiven as we repent and continue to always press forward.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday that I can. I do work in healthcare at a Hospital and occasionally have to work weekends. But on the weekends that I work, I take scriptures or one of our church magazines to work to read on breaks and during lunch. I try to be a good neighbor and do things for others as I feel prompted. I have worked in our church with the children ages 18months to 12 years old. I have been a Cub Scout Den leader - our church is a great supporter of Boy Scouts of America, since their values go hand in hand with our church's values. I am currently serving in two areas in my ward. I am on a committee that plans activities for the women in our church over 18 years old. I also am our Girls Camp Coordinator for the girls ages 12 to 18 years old. We go one week in the summer to a wonderful camp in the mountains here in North Carolina and spend a great week learning survival skills, first aid, outdoor cooking and camping skills and most importantly taking a "break" from the world. Our camp gets no cell phone reception - which has turned out to be a great blessing. The girls and leaders are able to read scriptures daily, write in journals and have awesome devotionals completely uninterupted by texting and cell phones, computers, TV's, etc. It is a great time to draw closer to our Heavenly Father and feel the holy spirit and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.