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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Washington State.

About Me

I am in my late 50’s & have been married three times; sometimes it takes that long to figure out what you truly need & the type of individual you are compatible with, or just even figure out yourself. Unfortunately it took me thirty years. I spent many years in prayer & counseling, read lots of self-help books, used friends as my mentors & listening boards, & even went to a hypnotherapist. I told God what I needed & wanted in a husband and marriage. Guess what, it worked! My husband & I have been married just over three years. From our previous marriages we learned the importance of patience, communication, allowing each other to be individuals, & acceptance of the level of growth each is at. I have found that praying individually & as a couple & asking for the Lord’s help to see each other through his eyes has helped us with trials we’ve gone through together & individually. We have been given strength, courage, desire, & the tools we needed. My husband & I are both empty nesters. Although we really miss the kids, we are now enjoying life in a whole new way as we go down life’s pathway together, hand in hand with the Lord. I enjoy singing, animals, reading inspirational books, serving in my church, & acting as a mentor to those who need help and advice with their children. I raised five children each with their own individual needs and different personalities. I have been truly blessed with many important lessons in life which have help me to become the person that I am.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I have been raised Mormon all of my life there came a time in my life that I needed to find out for myself. I needed my own conversion story to lean back on. As a child I can remember hearing that if we would ask in sincere faith and not doubt that God would hear and answer our prayers. I am not certain of my exact age when I finally decided to do it. The feeling I had was, you already know that it is true. As time went on I served a mission for our church for eighteen months, in the state of Michigan, seeking to find and teach people the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I gained more faith and a stronger testimony of a Heavenly Father who truly answers prayers and knows my name. I asked him for help on one occasion to memorize some discussions that were used at the time to teach people learning about the church. I Heard a voice that said, “How can I help you if you don’t even believe in yourself?!” It helped me make some very important changes in my life. I have had numerous answers to prayers and have developed a very personal relationship with Christ. I have found great peace, comfort and strength. As far as I know, the Mormon Church is the only church upon the face of this church that encourages its members to find out for themselves if it is true.

How I live my faith

I have a great abiding love for my savior. The scriptures tell us even though we have many other good qualities, that if we don’t have charity which is the true love of Christ, we are nothing. I realize that it takes many hands to help build up his kingdom! When you think of it, we are God’s hands as the song says. As we help others, it helps us be better people. Serving others brings me such joy!!! Presently in the Mormon Church I have three callings or lay responsibilities, since we have a lay ministry. I'm a Visiting Teacher so I visit certain sisters, as we call each other, & help them out in any way needed. I'm a Visiting Teacher Supervisor so I encourage the sisters to get out each month & do their visiting teaching. I also call the Visiting Teachers if there are emergencies or if extra help is needed in the areas they are assigned to. My favorite calling is Compassionate Service Leader. I have great compassion toward other’s needs. When there is a death, emergency, etc. or some special assistance that is needed, I make phone calls to organize a means for these needs to be fulfilled. For example, a young mother in our ward (congregation) recently had a C-section. I called her to find out what her needs were & then I called her Visiting Teachers to get meals taken into her home. This gives me a chance to show my love, appreciation and understanding of her needs. Another thing I do is just make a phone call to check on people & encourage them. I also enjoy acting as a mentor or listening board to those who have special needs whether it be to listen or to give advice or ideas to make life as a mother easier. I have raised 5 wonderful children; one of those is a special spirit I asked for. She was born with cerebral palsy. This opened up many windows & doors of opportunity for me to grow & share that knowledge with others. I also sing in our choir & help out in any other capacity I am needed.