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Hi I'm Stefanie

I LOVE to dance. I'm a sophomore at BYU-I. I want to be a preschool teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Stefanie. I love to dance in my kitchen to the radio and have fun loving life. I want to be a foster care counselor to help children feel okay with being who they are and not being defined by their past. I love sleeping and food. I play violin, piano and guitar. I love music and dance. I love going to watch ballets. I find it very amazing. On November 20, 2012 my world froze when my dear friend Madeline Rose Morris died in a car accident. That was and still is by far the hardest thing I've ever gone through. It did teach me a lot about trusting our Heavenly Father. My testimony has grown so much through that experience. If something like this has happened to you and you need someone to talk to, please feel free to talk to me. I understand completely.

Why I am a Mormon

I know this is the true church. I'm currently reading the Book of Mormon and feel that every time I read it I become closer to God. I know he loves me and cares for me very much. I know that he lives and knows about each of us individually. I used to be shy and think people were going to judge me for what I believe but now that I know this Gospel is true I want to tell everyone about it and share it with everyone I meet. I feel the Savior's love for me in my life every time I wake up and every time I lay my head on my pillow. I know this is the truth and hope you understand what I'm saying. It can be hard at times and I may be ridiculed for it but I know Heavenly Father is right there with me, defending me. I have felt the Holy Ghost many times and have learned to understand and listen to what He says. If it weren't for the church I know I could very possibly be in a very bad situation. Temptation is great, especially in this day and age. The things that are "acceptable" in high school now are very ridiculous and I thank Heavenly Father everyday that I don't have to deal with things like teen pregnancy, or drug addiction, or having a drinking problem. I know President Monson is the true prophet and has been ordained by God. He's shared some truly inspired talks and has shared some very uplifting things. I know this life can be hard but if you can learn to understand that God already has a plan for you it's a lot easier to trust in him and let him guide you back to him. No one is perfect, especially me, but we can all return to him and be in his presence if we just see as he sees. Everyone is a child of God and should be loved accordingly. I love this life he's given me and thank him for it everyday I breathe. I hope you have or soon can come to the same understanding of the Gospel I have. It is truly great!

How I live my faith

I love this Gospel with all of my heart. When my friend Madie died I was ripped apart. She was such an amazing example to me. A quote that she lived by was “Kindness is the essence of greatness.” from Joseph B. Worthlin. I have strived so hard to live by this quote. Madie lived it every day. I want so badly to follow her amazing example. She was the most Christ like person I know; always thinking of others, humble, and charitable. Following Christ and being perfect in him can open so many doors. Trusting in God and his plan is crucial to get through all of our trials and tribulations. God knows us and he wants us to be happy. I try so hard to follow in the Lord’s footsteps and I feel the blessings that come from it. Just remember, “Kindness is the essence of greatness.”

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Stefanie
We are not required to serve a mission, but what if you knew something your friends didn't that could change their life for the better? You would want to tell them and try and help them understand. That's how we feel about serving a mission. We want to share everything we know with people who don't understand the love of Christ and what he's done for us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Stefanie
No, we worship God the Eternal Father, and his son Jesus Christ. We honor Joseph Smith for all he's done for us, with bringing forth the Book of Mormon back to the Earth. We hold him in great respect for everything he went through for us just to be able to read it. I know this church is true and that Joseph Smith was and is a true prophet and one day I'd like to thank him for all that he's done for me. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Stefanie
Just look around you, the Earth, our bodies; they are miracles. How else would you explain that? Everything works so perfectly. I know there is a God because of the world around me. I spent two weeks hiking in New Mexico and just seeing all of the wildlife and being on top of the mountains, I was blown away at the majesty of it all. I reached the top of a mountain and looked out at the view and at that moment there was no doubt in my mind that there was a God who created all of it. There is no way an "explosion" created such beauty and made it so perfect. Show more Show less