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Hi I'm Stacey

I have four children. I'm a teacher and a community activist. I love music and reading. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on Long Island in New York State and moved to North Carolina when I was in my teens. I have always been passionate about learning, teaching and music - vocal music and playing the piano. When I was a teenager, I attended a summer school for gifted and talented students. In addition to singing in an excellent choir and making life-long friends, this experience helped open my eyes to the world around me. I learned to ask meaningful questions and seek after truth. I went to college and studied elementary education. I married a wonderful man and we have four children. Throughout my life, community activism has been important to me. I have been very involved in the parent organizations at my children's schools, and try to spend some time doing community service on a weekly basis. I believe that children are our most precious resource. Although I have a degree in elementary education, I have never taught full-time in a classroom. I stayed home to raise my children, and I have used my education to become a better volunteer and to advocate for improvements in the education system. I also substitute teach, so that I can spend some time in the classroom working directly with students. I have had the opportunity to work with the youth at church, and have discovered in myself a love for children of all ages - not just the little ones.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, a close relationship with God was very important to me. I attended the Catholic church with my family, and also participated in many Bible study and worship groups both within the Catholic church and in other Christian settings. I found myself searching for a greater knowlege and understanding about the nature of God. A friend gave me a Book of Mormon and challenged me to read a chapter each day. I dove into it and surpassed his challenge. When I started reading the Book of Mormon, I instantly recognized it as real scripture. Shortly after finishing the Book of Mormon, I received a witness of the Holy Spirit that it was a true book, and that I needed to make a change in my life. I was hesitant to leave the comfort of the Caltholic church, which was as much a part of my heritage as it was a part of my spirituality. After much prayer and continued study of both the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I had a conviction that I must move forward and follow the way the Lord was calling me. I was taught by missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and eventually, I was baptized. Leaving my Catholic heritage was a very difficult thing to do. I knew, however, that the Lord was calling me to do it. I have never wavered in my devotion to Him. I have received many, many blessings because I joined the LDS church. I have a much greater knowledge and understanding about my role as a child of God.

How I live my faith

I try each day to live my life more like the way Jesus Christ lived His. Jesus showed a strong interest in the needs of children and was often found ministering to them. Likewise, I find myself drawn to working with children and trying to improve their situation in life. I am a very active volunteer at my daughter's elementary school, focusing on activities that will enrich the lives of the children at the school who are less fortunate than we are. I have found great joy and personal satisfaction from helping to do many tasks, to help support those who provide services for these children. At church, I am a youth leader. I work with the girls who are between the ages of 12 and 18. I love my young women! My job is to find a balance between gospel instruction and fun activities. My main goal is to help these wonderful young ladies learn how to recognize the Holy Spirit, so that they can gain a witness of God's love for them. We do all kinds of activities - playing games, service projects, and learning new skills. We can be found laughing, hugging, giggling, smiling, and sometimes also crying, when the Holy Spirit testifies to us of our Savior's love.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Stacey
The Word of Wisdom is a guideline for healthy living given to us from God. It outlines healthy practices as well as things which should be avoided. For example, eating whole grains and fruits and vegetables in season, and abstaining from the consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs. The Word of Wisdom was given to us as a commandment, with promised blessings - both physical and spiritual - for those who adhere to it. Show more Show less