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Hi I'm Stephanie Rhodes

College Student, & Boring Oregon native

About Me

I am a 21 year college student, and training to be a medical assistant. I just moved to Provo, Utah after having spent the past two and half years living in Los Angeles, California working as a nanny and as a recording artist for a small forming Production Company. I grew up in the small town of Boring, Oregon, and Loved it! I spent most of my childhood dreaming of becoming a singer. When I was twelve years old, I was given a unique opportunity to record an album of LDS church hymns for Desseret Book store. Later, I worked with a well-known producer out of Nashville who helped me produce a demo of original songs that later helped me win the the chance to sing for Martina Mcbrides' Timeless Tour Concert as her opening act in Portland, Oregon. This dream of mine only progressed and I soon spent most of time planning and wishing for the bright things of the future to come. Now, after spending time in the LA music- world, it has become evident to me how important 'setting my priorities' are. I am now in Provo, going to school full time.

Why I am a Mormon

In the summer of 2006, when I was 16 years old, my life took a hard turn. My mother, whom I had always been very close with, and who upheld the 'picture perfect' image of a TV mother and housewife, fell away from the church. It was at this time that a drug addiction and infidelity had been manifested, and while much of this was still a secret to me and my siblings, my mother and father proceeded in a divorce. My mother was then placed in jail, and remained there on and off for the next year, and was later placed into a correctional facility. At this time, I lost a lot of communication with her, and I truly began to believe that no one knew how much my heart was really aching; but Heavenly Father knew. He blessed me with a strength to stand strong in these times of hardship. I was comforted, and it was through this experience that I learned the importance of the Gospel. It was through the knowledge of the Gospel that I was able to move forward, and help my little brother and sisters, that at the time, were so very young and so very affected by the sudden change. I feel so blessed to have the this church in my life. I know that through the Atonement, that Christ felt my pain so that he could be a comfort to me during this time in my life. I know that this trial was a blessing, as it has shaped who I have become today.

How I live my faith

I know that trails are placed into our lives for a reason, and while they may seem cumbersome in the moment, they are for our benefit. I was once told by my grandmother, "That you can't let the actions of others stand in your way and be your crutch. Don't use your hardships and poor circumstances be an excuse to not living well." These words resinated with me for a long time. I believe that Heavenly Father has a plan for each and everyone one of us, and I do believe that through tribulation, will come great blessings. Even if we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, it is there- just keep walking, putting your faith and trust in Heavenly Father. I testify to you, that if you do this, that you will be blessed and that you will be able to recognize the strength in your life. The lord knows what we are going through, he hears our prayers and our cries in the night; none of our tears go unnoticed. It is through our faith that we will find comfort, and be able to progress.