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Hi I'm Stephanie

I grew up in Wyoming, USA. Through my many different life experiences my strong faith in Christ has helped me.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents raised me to exceed their education and career background. Though my dad was functionally illiterate, my mom was unable to complete high school.However, from a young age my parents told me I needed to go to college. Now I have attended college twice in my life I attended nursing school right after high school. I placed my nursing career on hold to serve a mission. My mission helped prepare me for the many different challenges that would eventually befall me in my life. I decided when I came home I would serve a group of people who are often forgotten by working as a nurse in a prison. It was a challenging and fun job for me. Even though it only lasted a short-time in the scheme of life. I was injured in an industrial accident. After working at the prison only about 15 months. This injury ended my nursing career. Since my parents didn't raise a quitter. After it was determined that I could no long work as a nurse, and may not be able to even keep walking. I decided I would go back to school. I pursued a degree in Chemical Engineering, do to many different health issues that beset me I was unable to finish my Chemical Engineering school. I continued to try and work until it was determined by my doctors and friends that I could no longer work. I am still trying to figure out a way to go back to work. But for now I try to remain happy and help as many people as I can every day.

Why I am a Mormon

My plans in life had to change drastically when I was told I failed nursing school 3 days before graduation. I was angry with life and felt a lot of my problems had to do with the people in my local LDS church. But because I failed school I could no longer just move out of my parents house and live on my own, where I planned to never go to Church. One day I was home a lone and the missionaries knocked on my door, and I almost slammed the door in their face. The missionaries convinced me to keep the door open. They gave me a few chapters in the Book of Mormon to read, and also encouraged me to start praying daily. They met with me a few more times to check on my progress. My knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint was born. Because I had to live at home for another year this new found knowledge continued to grow as I continued to read both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, and pray. I eventually graduated from college. I also saw my brother off on his mission. While I sat there listening to the people talk about how important this part of life was for missionaries. I felt like need to serve a mission. I was very scared I would be committing to live away from home and serve the Lord for 18 months. I had never been away from my parents longer than 4 days up and until this point in my life. I did finally go on my mission after 6 months of preparation and deep pray. My mission was both the hardest and best part of my life. I grew and learned skills that would help me deal with future crisis in my life by leaning on the Lord for guidance. I made a decision on my mission that even if life got home as long as I leaned on the Lord I could make it through anything. After coming home and working at the prison. I became disabled at before the age of 25 years old. I am so grateful for the knowledge and Love of the Lord being Mormon has blessed me with.

How I live my faith

Since everyday in my life since my accident has been a struggle I look for reasons to go to Church. It would be easy with my chronic pain, anxiety, and depression to find reasons not to go to Church. My physical health may not be the best but my faith in the gospel and the knowledge that when I go to Church on Sunday I feel better about life and am better able to face my many challenges. I have to plan 2 or more days in advance if I want to make anything as important as Church. My ability to plan and budget my energy has helped me be able become a teacher of the 18+ women's group known to members of the Mormon Church as Relief Society. As the name implies it is an organization to help bring relief to others in their time of need. I love teaching this wonderful group of women, and without a lot of prayer on my part and that of other members of the Mormon Church I would definitely not be able to stand up and talk to these women. Do to my disabilities as the world would see them I have a lot of time to spend in prayer and study. I also have time to continue learning about medicine. Because of this extra time and my training as a nurse I have been able to help many people's lives that just by chance or as I see it by the gift and power of God came across my life's path. One had a rare condition that even Doctors have a hard time recognizing, I recognized the condition which saved this child's life. This situation has played out several more times not always as big as saving a life. Always improving the quality of someone else's life. This added time in prayer has also bless my families life my mom no longer has seizures do to research by her children to help her find the right doctors to treat her. Since I was disabled in the world's eyes I was able to be there to help support her through this process. My faith makes up every part of my life, from what I choose to eat and drink, to what I wear, and how I speak. I love the Lord. And HE Loves and guides me!