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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a full-time wife and new mom. I'm a part-time speech & language pathologist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm just a normal 30-something living in the greater Seattle-area, raising a son and keeping up a home. I was raised in this area but have attended school, worked, and volunteered in various parts of the country and world. I was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Pittsburgh, PA for 18 months. I went to school to become a speech & language pathologist, and I'm proud of the hard work it took to earn my Master's degree. I have a brand new baby boy and I'm so incredibly enthused about my new role of "Mother." My husband is my best friend, these three years of being married has been the easiest thing we've ever done - really! We are a traveling, eating, reality-show watching kind of couple. I don't know what else to say, besides the genuine declaration that my life is oh-so-good!

Why I am a Mormon

The most straight forward answer to why I'm a Mormon is because it's the faith of my childhood. That's like most people, we tend to continue in the religion (or lack of) we were raised in. But, why I am STILL a Mormon is because I prayed about Joseph Smith and I know I was given an answer that, yes, indeed, the Lord visited him and directed Joseph to reestablish His church. I'm still a Mormon because when I read the Book of Mormon for the first, fifth, and twelfth time, the Spirit told me it was a true story. I'm still a Mormon because when I hear the prophet speak, the Lord let's me know that He selected him and directs His church through him. I'm still a Mormon because I know what I'm doing is acceptable to the Lord - that brings me joy in my life. I didn't need to be the first member of my family to join the church in order to know it's God's church. Instead, I am forever indebted to my grandfather and to my dad who listened to the missionaries and found out for themselves that the church is true. They then lived their faith in a way that made me want to find out if it's true. My most desired wish is that I will live my faith in a way that will make my children want to find out the same.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday. I live it everyday because it permeates my every action, thought, decision and judgment. Mormonism is my culture - it's the culture of my childhood and the culture I'm trying to create for my new little family. It's a culture of family unity and love, of prayer and scripture study, of service and forgiveness, of dedication and zeal. Mormonism is about trying to do a little better everyday at living the way I really believe. Do I really believe that I am a daughter of God? Then today I can acknowledge my worth a little more. Do I really believe that we are all God's children? Then today I can get a little better at not judging others and get a little better at serving them instead. Do I really believe that I can live with God again? Then today I can do a little better at keeping the commandments and following the example of Jesus Christ. Do I really believe that Christ suffered for my sins? Then today I can do a little better living in gratitude and repent a little more. Do I really believe that Heavenly Father will answer my prayers? Then today I can be a little more sincere in my prayers and spend a little more time with the scriptures in order to allow His Spirit to direct my life. When I was baptized I promised God that I would follow the example of His Son, Jesus Christ. It's a process that takes Their help. It's a process buoyed by knowledge and gratitude.