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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a cowgirl at heart, a college graduate, a swimmer for life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a cow town in California. Although my family lived in the city I acted like we had a ranch. Growing up I raised pygmy goats and chickens. I also enjoyed being a part of 4-H. Some of my most favorite memories where spent taking care of dogs, sheep, and horses. I recently got a two year old horse that I have been working with. I love doing ground work with her and helping her feel confident as a horse. One day I hope to go on a long horseback trip with some friends. I love the water. I pretty much grew up on a boat. My family loves going out to the lake for a week or two in the summer. Wakeboarding and knee-boarding are my favorite things to do. I also had tons of fun on my high school swim team.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but every member needs to have their own conversion. My conversion did not come all at once. My life experiences have built my foundation in this gospel. I have come to understand that my greatest peace comes when I live the standards that have been given to me by a modern day prophet and through the scriptures. I have come to know that this gospel has a foundation in Jesus Christ and his teachings. I have seen personally that by focusing on living how Christ would have me live has brought me the greatest satisfaction out of life. I view life as a long hike in the mountains that will give us the experience we need in the future. We are born and we have a blank map that we are given. We don’t know where we are going, where we are at, what lies ahead, or why we have this drive to finish this hike. We are the only ones who can write on our map that guides us to our unknown destination. Along the way there are people that try to tell us where we need to go and how to get there. We have to use the tools we have been given to determine if what we are being told is noteworthy. Sometimes we learn where to go by trial and error. When we go the wrong way we eventually get hurt and even when we are on the right path we sometime trip. We then have to choose if we are just going to sit there or dust ourselves off and try again. If we allow it every negative thing that happens on our journey helps us learn, change, and be better. I have found that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given me very good advice on how to get to a destination that I see very fitting. I have made my destination to live with my loving Heavenly Father. I have listened to the council I get from the scriptures and church. They have helped me know clearly what the upcoming terrain will look like and what I can do to come out unscathed. For these reasons I have chosen to continue on this path that I come to understand.

How I live my faith

Faith for me is a principle of action. Believing in Christ is only part of what God expects of us. We have to live what we believe and apply and test what we know. I grow the most when I push myself to do more and become better. I have found the greatest joy in life when I serve those around me. Simple things bring the greatest joy; fresh baked goods, a little note to say I care, or a drop by visit to comfort the weary. I dedicated 18 months of my life for the Lord in an effort to help others understand what a blessing the gospel can be in their life. During this time I have come to understand a little of what Jesus Christ did and it has helped me set my life in a direction I am confident will bring me the greatest joy. Blessings come to those that sacrifice and show their faith.