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Hi I'm Stefanie

I grew up in California. I'm a student. I'm an athlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student and have studied in college for 3 years in Recreational Management with an emphasis in Recreational Therapy. I am planning on working with and helping youth; applying psychology and recreation, no better match! I have spent most of my life entertained with athletics. I started playing soccer at 4, and I played in college. When I stopped playing soccer competitively, I decided that I didn't want to give up athletics completely so I picked up running instead. Seeing as I have a pretty determined personality, I decided with my younger sister to run a marathon, which we completed a couple of years ago now. But that was only the start. From there I decided to get into Triathlons and my next goal is to complete a half-ironman. Confidence is Key.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I gained a witness that the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets, men of God, to help us in our day. Throughout my life I have had trials, I have had questions, and I have wanted to better understand my purpose and role in life; and I have found answers to my questions. I was raised a Mormon, but there came a time that I needed to find out for myself if I really believed it was all true. I remember a specific day when I was feeling overwhelmed. I was in high school. I wanted to do what I was taught and knew was right, but it was hard when I didn't have complete support from my friends. I also remember feeling like I was also the cause of problems at home. Feeling hopeless, I didn't know who to turn to. I felt like my friends wouldn't understand, I felt like my parents wouldn't understand, and I didn't know who else could help. Feelings of inadequacy filled me and I simply began to cry. I went to my room and while alone and just cried, partly yelling to/at God that I didn't understand why I was being hit so many challenges. As I cried, and kind of prayed, I remember the thought coming into my head that I should open the scriptures and that I should begin to read. Not knowing what else to do, I did it. I opened the Book of Mormon to a random page and I landed in the 5th chapter of Alma. As I read I regained my strength, I realized how much God did love me because He gave my His son Jesus Christ so that I could overcome my weaknesses and that I could become who He wanted me to become. After reading and after feeling a little chastisement of a loving Father, I realized that by living by principles in the Book of Mormon, I was becoming who I wanted to become. I realized that by reading the Book of Mormon, I had a renewed strength to overcome the temptations of the world. I realized that everything I had learned in church was helping me, and I realized that this church was true.

How I live my faith

I have gone to The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints in multiple different states across the United States. I have lived in California, Hawaii and Utah and no matter where I attend and serve, the church is the same. I have had responsibilities to set up activities for the youth in the church. Some activities I helped set up were for us youth to meet and mingle with other people enjoy the company of one another, others were more specifically to strengthen one another in the knowledge of the gospel and of Jesus Christ. No matter the activity or the assignment in the church, I am also striving to become a disciple of Christ by sharing the gospel. As I look around and try to find opportunities to serve others, I have been blessed to find them, and I now daily have the opportunity to share the gospel with those around me. I have realized just how much the gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me, blessed me, and sustained me in life and I am now on the search to find those who are also looking for the truth.