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Hi I'm Stephanie.

I'm a mom. I'm a wife. I'm a runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Colorado, but currently and indefinitely live in sunny and HOT Arizona. I am the mother to three beautiful children, two little girls and one little boy in heaven. I got a bachelor's degree in management, and currently put it to good use trying to manage a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. Our first two children are twins, and they were born more than 16 weeks premature. Our son passed away when he was just three weeks old, but our daughter is a true miracle and is here giving us a run for our money. She is beautiful, smart, funny, sweet, and she has special needs. She definitely has her challenges, but they are small in comparison to what they should be based on everyone's predictions. She is tenacious and hard-working. Her little sister was my favorite little surprise. She brings so much joy to our family and we just wouldn't work as well without her. She is innately generous, compassionate, and caring. She has a huge personality and a mind of her own, but she looks after her big sis. My husband finally finished school and is settling into his law practice. I have recently taken up running fallen in love with it. I am looking forward to a crazy good time with 11 of my best friends running a Ragnar Relay. When I am not spending time with my family, I love to read, catch up with my girlfriends, and try to learn how to be crafty.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was not overly active in any church, I always felt a strong desire to make right choices and be a good person. Although I had no particular reason not to, I didn't drink or smoke like so many of my friends did. Even as a kid, I thought it was important to be responsible, to be kind, to be dependable, and to be honest. In high school, I met several people who were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. One of those people became my boyfriend, and I became very close with him and his family. Every Sunday, he would go to church without me. Finally, I asked if I could come along. I felt like the things I learned there made sense. I took the missionary discussions, and I chose to be baptized in April of my junior year. I was very fortunate to have a loving family who took the time to investigate the church and chose to support me in my choice. I decided to apply for admission to BYU halfway through my senior year, and it was the only application I ever had to submit. In January, I packed up and moved to Utah. I loved being immersed in the "mormon culture". It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by thousands of young people who shared a similar faith in Jesus Christ and were all striving for a similar type of success. I have never had more fun and I have never been more spiritually fed than I was when I attended BYU. I met incredible friends who were righteous examples to me, and I think that is where I truly gained a personal testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That testimony and faith has carried me thoughout my married life as I have cared for my young husband after a horrific car accident that left him with a severe brain injury, suffered the loss of our three week old son, and parented our 4-year-old with cerebral palsy. I have personally witnessed miracles in my family that resulted from prayer and faith in God. I love my savior and will be eternally grateful to those who introduced me to His church.

How I live my faith

One of my very favorite thing about being a member of the LDS church is that no matter where we have lived, the church is the same and the members are happy to welcome us to the neighborhood. The church has provided me with the opportunity to meet some of the best friends I could ever hope for. Those friendships have been lasting and invaluable. I also have loved the opportunity to work with the youth in our ward. Every Wednesday night I get to help put together a fun activity for them and every Sunday I get to be a part of their class at church. My little girls love their classes at church and absolutely love having Family Home Evening. During family home evening we will usually play a silly game or do an activity, have a treat, teach a simple lesson that is applicable to their sweet little lives, pray, and sing songs together. I think we love it almost as much as the kids do!