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Hi I'm Steph

I'm 26, and I need a kidney transplant. I have spent more time in doctors offices than most people. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm twenty six years old and I have worked for Walmart since August 2008, at three different stores. I have met since then nearly every variety of person to be found in the United States. I was born in Spain, because my Dad was in the Navy, but for most of my life I lived in Wisconsin. I love to sing, read, watch romantic comedies, hang out with my siblings, and draw now and then. I cannot wait to find that special someone and have children. I am the second oldest of seven children in my family and I cherish each of them for different reasons. I love fantasy books, romance, sci-fi, well really just about anything. What most people do not know about me is that I have lupus, and it destroyed my kidneys. I am working toward a transplant. In the meantime my goal is to have as normal of a life as possible. I work in the deli at Walmart, and let me tell you deli isn't for wimps. Each time I go to work I face the possibility of getting burned, and I accept that. Its a fairly rewarding job, and I am pretty careful. I love music, and you can usually tell when I am in a good mood because I will burst out singing a happy song. Really I am just like most people. I'm tall, clumsy, and I love to sing. I want a family of my own. I want a loving husband. And most of all, the freedom to practice my religion.

Why I am a Mormon

Its funny because a lot of people at work have asked me about my faith. And, I feel that its helped me better answer this question. In the Bible, Jesus tells his disciples that the two greatest commandments are to love God, and love thy neighbor. Every single commandment falls under these two basic commandments. Our church teaches these precepts. I was born to two Mormons, my wonderful parents, and they have taught my about what it means to be a Mormon as long as I can remember. I have a testimony of this Church. I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover when I was twelve years old, because I felt like it was the right thing to do. Then I prayed about it, and received a witness for myself. Once you know something is true, it is impossible to anything else. I see how the Book of Mormon supports and supplements the Bible and I know that they go in hand. Going to Church every week strengthens my testimony. Its as if something in my very soul resonates at church. I have been to other churches to support friends and family, and I feel something different. When you find something good you cleave to it, and that's all I can really say. I have felt the Holy Ghost bear witness to me of the truth of this church. The doctrine feels good.

How I live my faith

Well, the first answer that comes to mind is I go to Church every Sunday. I have told people I work with about my religion and answer any questions they have told me. I try every day to be a good person. And I am the first person to tell you that I mess up frequently. But I repent and try again. I volunteer at church to call people each month and see how they are doing and see if they are able to go visit other sisters from our unit. I also have someone who goes with me and we visit sisters from church. Our church has an excellent program when the women in go out two by two and visit other women in the ward to encourage each other, and just see how everyone is doing. I read the Bible and other books of scripture to increase my faith. Mormons are all about volunteering. When I was in better health I used to participate in service projects to help those who are in need. I live my faith day by day

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Steph
Well, I don't claim to be an expert. But one reason I believe our church practiced polygamy is because in the early years of the Church there was much persecution. And this left many women widows, which in turn meant they needed help. By marrying these women faithful members of our church could then help provide for the needs of these women. Its important to remember too that not all men were asked to practice it. Only select people were asked to marry more than one woman. Also, I truly believe that it was really hard for them to live it. They had a wife they loved deeply, and I imagine living in a polygamous family would be tough. Show more Show less