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Hi I'm Stefany!

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of 6 wonderful individuals with amazing talents and diverse personalities. My oldest child is a boy who is 20 and currently serving a mission for the church in the country, Paraguay. I also have a 18 year old son, who will be heading to South Carolina to serve a mission for two years in October 2011, he will enter the Missionary Training Center 3 days after he turns 19. I am a wife and I try to improve in that role daily. I went back to school 3 years ago after a 20 year break from school and finished my degree. Years ago I was a public speaking major but now I have a Bachelors of Science in elementary education. It was a tough 3 years because during that time I was working as a realtor and taking care of my family. It is something that I am very proud I accomplished especially at this age. I am a substitute teacher for now and hope to get an opportunity to have my own classroom soon. My family is the most important thing in my life. Being a mother gives me great joy. It can be challenging but everything worth while takes a little work. I love to play board games, watch movies, play the piano and sing, camp, spend time with my family, laugh and take naps. (let's face it I'm exhausted sometimes!)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know it is true and because living the gospel brings me great happiness and peace. I was born and raised by a great Mormon family and I had a wonderful time. But I was converted to the gospel the same way those who are of other religions are by studying and praying to find the truth myself. I have never doubted the things my parents, family and leaders have testified to me throughout my life but I had to develop my own testimony. I cannot deny that numerous times throughout my life the Spirit has testified to me that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father that loves and knows me, that I have a purpose, that my Father has a plan that is meant for me and everyone who chooses to succeed and return to Him, that my Father provided a Savior, Jesus Christ to atone for me and to restore me. I cannot deny that numerous times throughout my life the Spirit has testified to me, as my eyes filled with tears and my heart with joy, that the Book of Mormon and the Bible testify of Christ and His mission and give me step by step instructions on what my role is, that a prophet then and a prophet now are real and that my family can be together forever. I am a Mormon because following the gospel principles and beliefs free me to be a good mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend.

How I live my faith

I am not a perfect person, but I try each day to be kind and good. I live my faith by doing my best to live as the Savior taught. Sometimes living my faith requires sacrifice and I willingly do sacrifice. In a couple of months I will have two sons out on missions for the church, it is a two-year commitment. This is a hard thing for a mother who cannot sleep until each of her children are safely home each night or who cries at each birthday with just the thought that they are one year closer to leaving the nest. But I would not have it any other way. They want to go and serve the Lord and so they do. And I find joy in their service. I try to serve the Lord also by actively going to church and other meetings, helping others when I can and keeping the commandments and covenants I have made.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

I love attending Sunday Church services. And visitors are always welcome. The primary meeting is called Sacrament meeting. We sit as a family and enjoy hymns, prayers, speakers and my favorite part of the meeting, partaking of the sacrament. One of the things I enjoy is that the talks, prayers and special numbers are given by members of the ward. It usually last about 70 minutes. We also have Sunday School for all of the members 12 and older. These classes are essentially for studying the scriptures. The children 12 and younger attend Primary for the rest of the time. They sing and learn the gospel. Then the young men and women attend classes meant and geared to helping them at this time in their lives. The women then attend Relief society, which is a place for us to support and teach each other. The men attend priesthood. The block altogether is 3 hours. It may seem like a long time but I truly leave feeling energized and ready to go through my week. Show more Show less