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Hi I'm Stephanie

I grew up in Washington state, I'm a college graduate, a wife, a mommy, a home business owner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 26 years old, a mommy of a beautiful little boy who makes life wonderful, and expecting another baby in April of 2012. I have a wonderful husband who is currently going to school full time pursuing a degree in Optometry. While he is in school I am staying at home with our little boy and running a home daycare. I graduated from Washington State University in 2007 with a degree in Psychology and a second major in Sociology. In the future I hope to pursue my Masters in Teaching with an endorsement in Special Education. I love being a stay at home Mom, I was not sure if I would, I always liked going to work, and school. I love learning new things and interacting with people. I find that being at home with my son and running a home business fills all my needs and wants, and is better than anything else I have done. I would not trade this opportunity for anything! Children are our future and I am blessed to have the opportunity to raise children of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up knowing that I was "Mormon" but being in an inactive (a family who didn't attend church) family I did not truly know what that meant. My parents still let missionaries and members of the church visit and fellowship with us. They never talked negatively of the church, to tell you the truth I do not completely understand their inactivity with the church. However they did always encourage me to find out what I believed personally. In middle school I found myself consistently finding friends who were members of the church, and I always felt comfortable, accepted, and cared about in their presence. It was a nice feeling, and I developed good friendships with them, and to that end I started going to church activities with them. There are always great youth programs in the church. Eventually I started meeting with the missionaries. While I was meeting with them I continually found myself meeting youth who belonged to other churches and religions and I talked with them about their beliefs and visited their churches. I did not want to blindly accept a religion because it was all I knew. Every other church I went to I could feel the goodness of the people, I could tell that they were all striving to follow Jesus Christ, but the spirit and peace that I felt at the Mormon Church was not there. Many of the other churches had more active entertaining services, but I found that although they were fun, there was always something missing. So after a period of searching, praying, and investigating, I chose to be baptized at the age of 14. My family all came to support me in my baptism and I continued attending church with my Grandparents and good friends and leaders who lifted me and inspired me. I love the sense of direction, belonging, and love that I get from this church. I also love that anywhere you go in the world you will be taught in the same manner, the same beliefs, and the same doctrines. It is consistent, it is beautiful, and it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the best way I can. Sometimes I feel I do better than others, it is a constant growing and refining process. I make mistakes, and then repent, I get overwhelmed and loose sight, and then the Lord lifts me and helps me back. Every year I get stronger, my devotion and understanding grows deeper, my life gets better. I have held callings (unpaid positions) in primary (organization for children), young womens (for girls 12 to 18), and most recently the library of the ward. In each calling I learn and grow and improve skills. They are an opportunity to serve the Lord and the fellow members of the church, they are also an opportunity for personal growth and inspiration from the Lord. I believe living the gospel is a 24 hour a day 7 day a week pursuit. We constantly invite the spirit into our lives and homes, which makes us stronger members, a stronger more untied family, and better neighbors and friends. We Pray over meals, have family prayer and scripture study each night, my husband and I pray together and study scriptures together, and I spend a little time each day in personal study and prayer. When we are successfully doing these things we are happier, more connected, and better able to feel the promptings of the Lord.