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Hi I'm Stephanie

I am from New York, but have lost my accent. I am a craftaholic, a chocoholic and a mom. I am an avid genealogist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife to a retired Naval officer and have seen the world, literally. I am a mom to 4 wonderful kids and everyday my heart still goes thump-thump when I see my husband come home from work. I live in the beautiful Northwest, and marvel everyday at our Heavenly Father's creations. I am also an avid genealogist who would like to get certified someday so I can have cool initials behind my name! I love searching for those who had a hand in my being here at this time, in this place and discovering their stories, the good and the bad. I am a chocoholic and haven't found a chocolate I didn't like yet!

Why I am a Mormon

Many years ago I was a member of another faith, and then I met a young man (who would one day become my husband). His Grandmother sent the Missionaries to my door, and although at that time I wasn't ready to convert...being religious was important to me. I learned a lot of those next few years, but the deciding factor was certain doctrines in my then faith were not the same ones I held in my own personal life. I knew that I belonged somewhere else according to my beliefs. I found that when I learned about different principles of the Gospel, (tithing, repentance, doctrines,) and they were put into practice in my own life, I gained a testimony about each one of them. Sure I could say I "believed" in something, but I wanted to practice what I preached. Not long after our wedding, which was performed in my old faith's church, I was truly converted. I have since gone to family gatherings at my old church and have listened to those in that church speak but feel they still don't have the whole gospel, however meaningful they are. I am so happy I did convert. I now have 4 children who are very strong in the Gospel, who believe wholeheartedly in our Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. My children know right from wrong and practice what they preach. My family gave me a basic foundation of the Gospel, but by being Mormon, I have expanded it beyond those boundaries.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday by being an example to my children & husband. I never want them to be ashamed of me and work to always choose the right. Sure I may never have the best kept house on the block but I want them to know without a doubt my beliefs and my testimony. I currently help the Young Men in their Boy Scout activities, volunteer teach genealogy at a Community Center and help out at a Family History Library. I try to help out those I can. I usually get myself in trouble by over-volunteering for things, but I know I am blessed in many ways by doing so. I hope that one day my extended family will see the joy the Gospel brings to our family and want to learn more about Mormons and our faith.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Stephanie
My brother once asked me if I still celebrated Easter since converting. I ,of course, answered Yes, it's one of the most important holidays of the year! Members of the church celebrate most of the same holidays and special days like everyone else in the world. We may celebrate a few different ones depending on where we live like Independence Day in the U.S., or Boxing Day in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other British Commonwealth areas. I still get excited for my own birthday even though I dread getting another year older! As for attending church on Sunday, I wear my Sunday best. That doesn't mean I have to wear my fanciest ball gown but I should come attired to Worship my Heavenly Father so that if I stood before him today I would be in my best dress. If that means that my best dress isn't that fancy but clean and neat and it's the best that I can do, then that's it. No one in the Church will ever turn someone away from worshipping because they aren't dressed exactly like them. People are imperfect but we try every day to work on refining ourselves to be that perfect person. I like to think "We are works in progress". Show more Show less