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Hi I'm Stacy!

I'm a convert, full-time graduate student, and part-time nanny . I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up all over Florida and after I finished college, I served an 11-month AmeriCorps term at a non-profit environmental organization in Asheville, North Carolina. Somewhere in between, I lived in Utah and South Carolina. About a year ago, I decided to move 3,000 miles away from home and across the country to attend graduate school in California. I'm currently pursuing my Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and I'm focusing on non-profit organizations. I love how the LDS church holds service in such a high regard, and that played a role in inspiring me to be a public servant for my community. In addition to graduate school, I'm also a nanny for 3 kids, ages 5, 7, and 9. They can be a handful, but I completely adore them. Hearing them say a funny phrase or laughing with them always makes my day! I've moved a lot, and by a lot I mean over 20 times! I've met some incredible people. From my family, friends, coworkers, professors, classmates, church leaders, etc.—I feel that I gained pieces of knowledge (no matter how big or small) from each of them. They have all inspired and motivated me in unique, individual ways, and for that I am thankful. I enjoy attending church and activities, spending time with friends and family, visiting new places, and meeting new people. I also spend a lot of time studying, probably way too much.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up attending a Lutheran church with my family. My mother was Lutheran and my father is Jewish, but we still regularly attended church together as a family. When I was about 11 years old, my family moved to a different city in Florida. Around this time, my family stopped attending church for numerous reasons. I quickly started to feel like something was missing in my life, that I wanted something more. I wasn’t sure what that something was, so I started attending church with several different friends. I went to several different churches and everyone was always very friendly and welcoming, but it still wasn't what I was looking for. Then, when I was 12 years old and in 8th grade, I met a friend who is still one of my best friends today. She started by inviting me to church activities/dances and I figured, why not? Shortly after, I was regularly attending church and before I knew it, I was gaining a testimony of my own (and I wasn’t even a member!) After a few years went by, when I was 16, I started taking lessons with the missionaries. I was asked to pray and ponder about what I was taught, as well as to read the Book of Mormon for myself and to ask my Heavenly Father if these things were true. Sure enough, I finally received that something I was looking for, I received truth and within a few months I was baptized. I love the church and all of its teachings. I am so thankful for the peace of mind it brings to my life, for the comfort and love I know I have from my Heavenly Father. I’m grateful for all of the wonderful people who have been introduced into my life since joining the church and I am excited to continue to progress and grow spiritually—to be more like my savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Oh man, I love going to church every Sunday and being uplifted by the spirit. I love seeing all of the warm and loving familiar faces, and the way we edify each other. I also enjoy going to Family Home Evening (FHE) on Monday's. FHE gives us an opportunity to hear a spiritual thought and then participate in a fun activity with my "family" away from home. On Tuesday's, Institute (which is basically scripture study) is also amazing! It really helps me to learn more about the scriptures and it's just another opportunity for my testimony to grow! I honestly don't think you can ever "do enough" to progress spiritually. There's always more you can do, more you can learn, and I am so thankful for all of the opportunities I have to make that happen!