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Hi I'm Stacey

I'm a wife. I'm the mother of two. I'm a registered nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Connecticut, went to college in Utah, spent a year and half after college in South America, then moved to the Midwest right before I got married 15 years ago. I received my Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at Brigham Young University, and have worked in a variety of healthcare settings including Oncology, Infertility, and Post-operative care. I now have the opportunity to work from home for a health insurance company. I love to travel. During my college years, I spent one summer backpacking around Europe, which gave me my first glimpse to the world beyond the United States. I spent time in Argentina, where I became fluent in Spanish (for a time), and gained a love and appreciation for the people and their culture. Now that I've "settled down" with a family, we enjoy trips to South Carolina and Florida. I love spending time with my family and doing things that bring us closer. We bake cookies together, go swimming together, and just laugh and have fun together.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents divorced when I was about 3 years old. I spent a lot of my childhood moving to different housing with my mother while spending most weekends with my father. Being their only child together, I was alone a lot, which gave me time to think about life and ponder my existence. I always had a belief in God, but didn't understand the concept of religion since neither of my parents were religious. When I turned 14, my mother got remarried and we moved to Utah. The marriage happened quickly, so after a few months, my mother decided she had made a mistake. She left her husband and we packed up the few belongings we had and moved back to Connecticut. While I was in Utah, I met a girl in school, and we became best friends immediately. She was a Mormon. Prior to moving to Utah, I had never heard of Mormons. Someone told me some bad things about them and I thought, "They sound awful!" As I got to know my friend and the other kids at school, I discovered that Mormons were happy and kind, and I felt good about myself when I was around them. One day, I asked my friend about her beliefs as a Mormon, and we ended up spending hours talking. When she shared the story of Joseph Smith, I felt so much peace and joy in my heart, and I knew what she was telling me was true. Joseph Smith was 14 years old, like I was, when he wanted to know the truth about God. He said a prayer, and God answered it. He went on to translate the Book of Mormon, which, like the Bible, testifies of Jesus Christ. I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints several months later. My parents were a little concerned, but they accepted my desire to join the church and allowed me to be baptized. About five years later, my father told me it was the best decision I had ever made. I continue to be a faithful member of the church because it makes me happy and I feel like I have a greater understanding of the purpose of life and why I exist.

How I live my faith

I was a missionary when I went to Argentina. I decided to serve a mission because I wanted to give other people an opportunity to read the Book of Mormon and learn about our beliefs. Being a missionary wasn't easy, but the experience helped me to gain a greater love for others and strengthen my own faith in God. I now serve in my church as a youth leader. I work with young women ages 12-18, and I love them. I assist in planning activities that will help them become closer as friends and strengthen their faith in God. It's a lot of work and commitment, but we have fun and I enjoy being around them. Our youth face so many struggles. I want to help them develop their faith and understand the love God has for them so they will make good choices and be happy.