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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a wife and mother of three. I'm a para-educator and wannabe writer. I love reading and being outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

It's 5 am and the alarm goes off. It's the beginning of another busy day. First it's a groggy "good morning" to my husband of 17 years, then sack lunches for three busy kids and I'm off to seminary with my 15 year old. Back home again just in time for a kiss on the way out the door for my 11 and 10 year old. Then it's off to school for all of us. After 13 years as a stay-at-home mom, I get to spend my days working at the same school as my children, finally putting my college degree to use. After school it's time for homework, scouts and music lessons. Throw something together for dinner and hurry out the door to evening meetings at the church. It's a tight schedule, but I love every minute of it. In my "spare" time, I love to run, always training for the next race. And I'm never too busy to squeeze in a good book--reading is my daily vitamin of sanity! I love spending time with my family. Together we're an awesome hockey team. Rain, shine, or even below freezing, we're always game for a campfire at our favorite lake. Life is good and I am truly blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a household of faithful Latter-Day Saints, there came a time when I had to know for myself that the gospel of Jesus Christ I had been taught about my whole life was true. For me, that came as I moved away from home to attend college in another state. I couldn't sit on the fence between living the gospel and living like the world would have us believe everyone should live. I chose to live the gospel. I experienced the happiness that it brought me as I watched friends who chose not to live it grow more unhappy. I'm a Mormon because true happiness comes from following the commandments of God and living life with an eternal perspective.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be obedient in ALL things. I can't say I've always enjoyed reading my scriptures, but as I have read in order to be obedient, I have found joy in the words of the prophets. I can't say I'm always the best at praying, but I try to talk with my Father in Heaven every day and let Him know what I am thankful for and what I need. I try to serve in my church calling among the women of the church to the best of my ability, even when it is outside of my comfort zone. I try to serve my community by volunteering my time at parent-teacher organizations. I tell myself I don't have to be perfect at everything, I just have to obediently try.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Stephanie
Mormons donate 10% of our income to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in order to fulfill the law of tithing as found in the scriptures. The scriptures teach us that God has given us everything we have. Tithing is a very small way that we can give back to Him. It's not about money--He doesn't need, it since everything belongs to Him anyway. It's about showing faith and trust in the Lord; trusting that if I follow His commandment to pay tithing, He will continue to bless me with the necessities of life. Show more Show less