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Hi I'm Stephanie

I love making people laugh, I'm of Jewish descent, I'm a soccer fanatic and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love doing anything and everything active. I grew up playing outside with my 4 siblings and played all sorts of sports. Soccer definitely takes the cake for me and I'll do just about anything to play a game. Most recently, I've gotten into cycling and I love it! Both of my parents are absolutely obsessed with food, so be default, I enjoy cooking and discovering new recipes. My mom and I also enjoy quilting together - an addiction that I try not to give into too often. I'm a little spontaneous, I love going on adventures with my friends, and can't help but like anything that is brightly colored. Mostly, though, I try not to take myself or others too seriously and love looking for the small humors in everyday life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it brings me peace and happiness. The times in my life that are the happiest and most fulfilling are those when I am able to follow the example of the Savior - to forgive someone that has hurt me, to offer service to someone in need, or help someone learn about his or her identity as a child of a loving Father in heaven - and being a Mormon helps me to do that. Being a Mormon helps me to find meaning in life and has brought me comfort and hope during difficult times. I was raised in a home that was divided with regards to religion; my mom is an active member of the Mormon church, my dad is Jewish. He was fairly opposed to our involvement in the Church, so from a young age I faced the opportunity to choose to live my religion or not. When I was 12 years old, I decided I needed to know if the Church was true, so I read The Book of Mormon. For the last month of my summer vacation, I took a copy of The Book of Mormon with me everywhere and read and read and read. While I didn't fully understand everything that I read, I believed in the promise at the end of The Book of Mormon, that anyone who read it could find out if it's true (Moroni 10:3-5, page 529) I still remember kneeling down to pray, telling Heavenly Father that I had read The Book of Mormon, and asking if it was true. The warmth that washed over me during that simple prayer is still vivid in my mind. Since that time, my understanding and testimony of The Book of Mormon has grown. I have seen how God uses it - along with other scriptures - to help guide our lives and answer our prayers. Whenever I have doubts or questions, I remember the experience I had as a 12 year-old and am grateful to know that I can rely on that as a foundation for my testimony. Because I know The Book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God to restore His church to the earth today. And I know that each person who wants to know these same things can also find out for themselves.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in a lot of different ways - it has shaped the person that I am and the person I hope to someday become. Striving to live my faith has helped me to become more compassionate, more wholesome, and much more concerned for others than I would have otherwise ever been. Perhaps the biggest way I try to live my faith is through the small, daily things. For me the greatest blessing that my faith has brought into my life is love. I feel so fortunate to know that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who is aware of me and knows me. He expresses His love to me in so many ways; by giving me the strength to offer forgiveness to others, by placing so many good and kind people in my life, and by helping me remember that He was willing to allow His Son to become my Savior - all because He loves me. So, I live my faith by searching for ways to help others feel of that same love. It's not ever anything huge, but small opportunities that present themselves throughout the day. Maybe it's smiling at someone who looks down or depressed, or cheering up a friend after they've had a stressful day, or taking the time to visit with an elderly person who just needs someone to listen to them. For me, living my faith is about finding ways to help others have a greater sense of purpose, an increased understanding of who they are as a child of God, and to feel of His love.

Are Mormons Christians?

Stephanie
Absolutely! We believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. He is the Redeemer who came to earth to fulfill His Father's will and perform the Atonement, which includes his suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane where He took upon Himself the pains, sicknesses, sufferings, and sins of all people who would ever had or would live on the earth. The Atonement also includes his Resurrection. Because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead, each of us will have the opportunity to live again. All of our beliefs, activities, lessons - everything we do and strive to be as Mormons - centers around the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less