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Hi I'm Stacy

I'm an opera singer, a theater geek, an avid hiker, a HUGE waterfall lover, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing, act, and perform on stage. I went to school for a master's degree in music intending to be a professional opera singer. But I find I'm equally happy performing a small role in a large professional theater as performing a large role in a small community theater. There's something incredibly liberating about acting and being able to pretend you're living in somebody else's shoes. Though my own life is wonderful and I wouldn't wish to be anybody else, I believe I'm able to be more understanding and compassionate towards others when I can act as if (or merely imagine that) I'm in their place. When I'm not performing or rehearsing, I love hiking and exploring the world around me. I look for places to hike or drive to that offer beautiful views of the mountains, rolling hills, lakes, rivers, and I absolutely love searching for waterfalls. I don't need to be the first one to discover them, but I research them and look for them wherever I go. Whenever I take a vacation I will invariably find at least one waterfall or I won't feel satisfied. Sometimes I tag along my husband with me, but if he's unavailable, I have no issue with going out searching on my own. Though I love to travel, I've only visited a couple of countries, and would adore to see more of this beautiful world. South America, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, and Africa are high on my list of places I'd love to visit - and not just for the plethora of waterfalls that I can find there.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was raised in the LDS church, my parents and my leaders never encouraged me to simply follow my faith blindly. Through study, prayer, and reflection I have gained an extremely strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and its restoration to the earth by his modern day prophet Joseph Smith. What means a lot to me is the promise in the Book of Mormon that if we ask God with a sincere heart, having faith in Christ, that he will reveal the truth unto us. One day while I was 14 years old I asked God if the Book of Mormon was true, and an immense feeling of joy overcame me. As I continue to read the scriptures now, I feel that same confirmation in my heart and mind that the words I'm reading are true. This knowledge has brought me incredible happiness, and I longed to share that with others by serving a full time mission. I was called to serve in Italy, where my heart was filled with love for the people and the culture around me. Though I certainly met my share of opposition while spreading the gospel, I also witnessed incredible changes take place in people's lives when they'd feel that same spirit touch their hearts for the first time. Many of the people I'd met had never been told that they could pray directly to God, and I loved seeing the joy that would come into their eyes when they truly realized just how much he knows them and cares for them. Though I finished my mission to Italy several years ago, a part of my soul will always belong there, and I will never forget the things I learned from such a vibrant, caring, and passionate people.

How I live my faith

Each week on Sunday I have the pleasure of playing the piano in our childrens' Sunday School classes. Children learn a lot through music and interaction and each lesson incorporates many songs and games to involve them. I love watching them get excited when they get to participate, and I enjoy seeing their faces light up when they learn something new. I'm also called as a ward missionary. As part of this calling I'm able to visit members of the ward who are in need of a helping hand or simply want a friend to talk to. I also visit new church investigators along with the full time missionaries. It's amazing to discover you've really made an impact on someone simply by stopping by every once in awhile. Each month the women in the ward are assigned to visit and teach at least one other woman. We share a spiritual lesson from the scriptures, but we also talk and get to know one another and see if there's anything we can do to help them. For several months my visiting teaching companion and I visited a lady who I really didn't think liked me at all, though she seemed to get along very well with my companion. A few months later, after that same companion had moved out of state, the lady we'd been visiting came right up to me in church and started talking to me as if I were her best friend. I realized that even though she'd had more in common with my former teaching companion, she still felt touched by the visits I'd made and the interest I'd taken in her life. This experience helped me realize that this visiting teaching program is truly inspired by God to help us love and lift one another as women and as followers of Christ, and I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to be a part of it.