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Hi I'm Stephenie

I am a mother of five. Two were adopted from China. I like reading, singing and cooking. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Being a mom to five kids keeps me very busy, but I wouldn't trade it for anything! I know that each one of my children is truly a blessing to me. Most people would be happy to have three children, but I knew we were missing someone still. After several years of waiting for another child, and then praying and pondering about what we were supposed to do, we decided we should adopt. It seemed that I'd been prepared in many ways for this blessing, but I just didn't realize it for a few years. Things just don't always turn out the way we expect, but for me and my family, it turned out to be a huge blessing in our lives! It's been almost five years since we adopted our youngest and within two years we were led to adopt another child, also from China and ten years old at the time. Now, I can't imagine our family without them! Since then, Asian culture is very much a part of our lives. I have loved hosting students from China and Japan in our home occasionaly over the last few years.

Why I am a Mormon

I always attended church when I was growing up in Missouri. It was important to my family, but we never seemed to stay at one congregation for too long. After my parents divorced when I was a teenager, I went through the usual emotional difficulties that come with divorce. Fortunately, I had a good friend who happened to be Mormon. She invited me to the activities for the youth. I went often and had fun but never went to her church. It wasn't until I was in college that anything came of my association with the church. My mother, brother and I had moved off the family farm to another state and I missed my good friend. After a few months, I decided to take her up on going to school in Utah and being her room-mate. Soon after, we were going to church together and then the missionaries were invited over. I hadn't been really interested before and had even been warned to stay away from my friend's church. After hearing the missionaries, reading the Book of Mormon and finally having the chance to consider for myself whether this was good or bad, I realized how good and right it was! What I was taught about the purpose of life, our Heavenly Father's Plan and Jesus Christ didn't seem like something new but rather like something I remembered. Withing a couple of months, I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm grateful for a good friend who included me in activities and asked me to church with her even when she probably thought I would say "no way!" Thankfully, I said "yes"!

How I live my faith

I used to be terrified to speak in front of people. But, when you are asked to serve and are "called" or asked by your bishop to teach the little children, you have to forget yourself and get to work! I play the piano, so I've been called to play for the primary children and have done so for quite a few years. I've also had wonderful experiences teaching the primary children and youth. Several times, I've been called to be a leader in the primary and had to get in front of people and speak almost every Sunday. After awhile, it didn't really bother me anymore and I actually enjoyed it! Other callings have been with the young women, so I've taught lessons and been to activities much like my friend experienced when she was a youth. The last couple of summers, I've been to girl's camp in the mountains and have had my testimony strengthened by the girls as they serve each other and try to be more like Christ. Currently, I'm the ward music chair/choir director. I love singing and I love sacred music but I wouldn't have pictured being in charge of the choir! It strenghthens my testimony when I am called to do something that I wouldn't have thought of but ends up growing and improving my talents. I try to share the good things I'm involved with my family back home and try to visit as often as possible. I know that being a good neighbor is much more than taking cookies next door, and I have tried to help out at school and in the community for various causes. Right now, I am involved with an organization that brings students from Asia to stay with host families in our area. They attend classes to learn English better but they really learn the most through staying with their host families. These students are invited to do all the activities that their host family does, so we go on outings, sightseeing and of course attend church activities and meetings. Many times, this is the first experience they've had with church and have never even heard of Jesus before!

Are Mormons Christians?

Definitely yes! Being a Christian takes believing in Him as my Savior, learning of Him, remembering Him, teaching of Him and trying to live like him. All this is part of my life and my faith. I am a Christian and I know that these things are being taught in my church and I strive to live these things. Show more Show less