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Hi I'm Stephany

I grew up in Florida, but now live in Hawaii. I was Senior Class President of my high school. Music is my life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22 years old and 1 of 7 children in my family. Currently I am a Senior in college with a major in Vocal Performance and double minors in Theatre and Education. I love to sing more than anything! I love music, dance, and the arts in general. I am girly on the outside, but definitely a tomboy at heart. I am very outdoorsy and absolutely LOVE to hike, camp, swim, work in construction, laugh, and just enjoy nature. Most people that know me would tell you I am a very stubborn and determined person, however, very optimistic! I believe that is how to achieve great things. I also believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true gospel on the earth today, without a shadow of a doubt!

Why I am a Mormon

It's a long story, but I'll try to make it brief. It started with my mother- she died when I was a year old from Melanoma skin cancer. She & my Dad were opposites. My mother, a goody-two-shoes, my father, a trouble maker of sorts. No one was happy about their engagement, but they were determined to make it work. One day the missionaries knocked on my Mother's door & she listened to their message. She was wise & had a great knowledge of many religions, having tried them out herself in previous years. Something about the missionaries must have stood out to her, because she invited them back to teach her more. When my father found out, he forbid it! Being the determined person she was, Mom saw them anyway & she found herself believing in the gospel of Jesus Christ over time. Dad wanted nothing to do with it, but she pleaded with him to read the Book of Mormon, for she had done so & received a personal witness from the Holy Spirit that it was true & authentic. 3 months after Mom was baptized, Dad was baptized, followed by my eldest brother- nothing less of a MIRACLE! I was their first baby born in the church, & when my Mother was taken from this life, my Father struggled. Through all of the pain however, he stood firm in his faith. As I grew, I faced my own struggles & I had to find out for myself if the gospel was true. I thought to myself, if this can change the heart of my Father (who was extremely obstinate), then it must be of SOME worth. My Father in Heaven began to answer my prayers as I read through the Holy Bible & Book of Mormon in high school. Eventually, the answers to all of my questions and doubts came, & I could no longer be critical. The truthfulness of this gospel warmed my heart through the Holy Spirit of God. I am a very questioning person & do not easily believe things that I can argue, so it took somewhat of a miracle for the Lord to make known to me what my Mother knew so many years before. Now I cannot deny it, that's why I AM A MORMON.

How I live my faith

Life is like a roller coaster; it can spin you in loops or sometimes just coax you along. I do the best I can each day. Some days I feel like I can do anything, and others I feel like I will never get through what is happening. But the Lord knows us- our strengths AND our weaknesses, and He guides us along as we believe in He & His son, Jesus Christ. I do my best to show Him each & every day that I love Him & will follow His commandments... no matter WHAT! I do this by being the best person I can be & fulfilling the callings I know He gives to me. Currently I serve as my Ward Choir Director. I have had so much fun doing this & I know it is a blessing from the Lord because I have grown and learned so much!!! I was also just recently called as the Second Counselor in the Relief Society program. This is the women's program in the church and I am very excited to start this calling, as I know the President well and love her so much. I can't wait to work with the rest of the girls there and serve the best I can! I thouroughly enjoy my visiting teaching as well. It is a chance for me to go out and serve the women in my community while bonding with them. New faces are always welcome- the more sisters, the better!

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Well the last time I checked, Jesus wasn't paid for HIS ministry... why should any of us be? I don't believe anyone should have to PAY for the true knowledge of Christ's church. Show more Show less

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

Let's see... butterflies. They evolve just as we do. Roses. Full moons. Water falls. The Hawaiian Islands- where I have lived. Even more so- the life of Jesus Christ and the record(s) that testify of Him! Or how about the simple fact that He answers my prayers? Especially His Holy Spirit that has the power to speak to each of us individually. All of these things and SO many more can easily witness that there IS a God... and he DOES love us! Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is the pure, solid knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel. It is our ability to learn, search, ponder, pray, and then KNOW without any doubt whatsoever, that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. That Heavenly Father has a plan for each of our lives. That there is more to this life (and the next) than just our day-to-day business. Your testimony is something no one and nothing can shake. It is the faith you hold in your heart and the knowledge for which you stand for... at all times, and in all things, and in all places. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

I will be the first to tell you that being a Mormon is NOT easy! It requires a LOT of hard work and determination! It is more than just a belief... being a Mormon is a complete lifestyle! Going to church on Sunday isn't enough. Making obvious good choices isn't enough. You have to be completely willing to do whatever the Lord asks of you... even if you don't think you can do it! I'm not trying to sound scary, because believe me- the benefits you reap from your hard work are ALWAYS worth it and bring you immense happiness! I just want to point out that you should expect trials and being stretched to your "limit"... the Lord knows you better than yourself and will show you what you can become if you trust in Him! As a Mormon, I am one of the happiest people on earth because I know the truth and it is up to me to live it! Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Because families are ETERNAL!!! That is what is so wonderful about them! The Lord has provided a way for us to be with our loved ones far past this mortal life... and if we do the things He asks of us, we can have that blessing! I don't know about you, but I am very much in love with a very righteous man and I want to be with him and our future children FOREVER. No if's, and's, or but's! I also have a very big family with 3 brothers and 3 sisters, and I also want to be able to be with them and my beloved parents throughout eternity! I have yet to meet my mother, so that will be a VERY happy day! Show more Show less