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Hi I'm Stephanie

I was born and raised in Gilbert, Az. I am a physical therapy student. I am a wife to an amazing husband. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 24 year old physical therapy student. I have one more year left! I have been married for 5 years to my handsome husband. Currently he is applying for medical school. That is a challenge in and of itself. Since we are forever students, we have not yet started our family. We enjoy playing softball together and that is actually how met. He is more adventurous than me and has convinced me to go to the dunes with him several times now. So now I ride my Honda 400ex! I've only rolled it once (ok, kinda twice, but the second time didn't count). Other hobbies include rollerblading, shopping, and trips to the lake.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know in my heart it is true. The principles taught have allowed me to be free and without regret. I grew up as a member of this church and I am eternally grateful. Many of my friends were not Mormon, but they upheld the same high standards. They made it easy to live these principles. As time goes on my testimony continues to grow. I feel good when I learn about the gospel. I feel good when I follow the principles taught. I know there is a God! I know that Jesus Christ came to this earth and suffered for our sins. Heavenly father and Jesus Christ love each and every one of us so much. I feel the love they have for me, especially when I'm struggling. They answer prayers. It is kind of a joke at our house, but my mother-in-law is so faithful, if she is praying for you everything always seems to work out perfect. I know that through the ordinances of the gospel I can live with my family Forever. Not just for this life. When i got married it was for time and all eternity, not until death do as part. That was a huge testimony builder for me. I would never want to only be married until we die. I feel peace and hope when I am in the Temple- Heaven is going to be amazing. I know there is a true prophet here on the earth today, President Monson, to lead and guide us in these trying times. Because of this testimony and the thoughts, feelings, and many more experiences that I have, I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I live my faith through example. I desire to do what is right. I know other people notice my actions whether it be doing something good or refraining from coffee, alcohol, or bad movies. There are also many ways to serve in our community and church. We all take turns taking care of each other (and no one gets paid). I have worked a lot with the little children at church. I was in the nursery with the 18 months to 3 year olds. I taught a 9 year old class for a year. Now I'm teaching the 5 year olds about the gospel and good principles to follow in their lives. I spent some Saturdays coaching a community girls team ages 8-12 at a local park. Some of these girls had never swung a bat. It was fun and they came a long way. I love to see these young kids working so hard and trying to do what is right. They watch all of us more than we realize. I also have a responsibility to take care of 2 women in our church. I visit them every month just to check up on them and share a sweet and motivational message with them. If I find they need help, we all work together to give them that support and help. Many times I have made meals for families after they had surgery or the mom gave birth. It is neat to see the closeness we have because we take care of each other. We come from different backgrounds and life situations, but we are all there to serve one another. I have found much joy in serving those around me, especially serving the children!

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Well this is an interesting question I have heard many times. The temple is sacred to us. It is the Lords house and one must be not only baptized in the church, but must also be qualified and prepared to enter the Temple. However, everyone is allowed and invited to walk on the temple grounds. Before the temple is dedicated anyone is allowed to attend the open house. It is gorgeous. If you get an opportunity to go you will understand the beauty and sacredness of the temple. We get married in the temple. I just want to clarify, we do NOT get married naked in the temple. We actually wear beautiful white dresses that fully cover us. I have had several good friends wonder about that. During our wedding ceremony we get married together as husband and wife for eternity. This is special and can only be done in the temple. (Malachi 4:5-6) We also do baptisms for those who have died without the opportunity to know of the gospel on this earth. (1 Corinthians 15:29; 1 Petter 4:6) This is specially performed in the temple, however, our baptisms are typically performed at a church or other water where we are baptized by immersion (all the way under the water). Interesting fact: there are more than 100 operating temples around the world. Show more Show less