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Hi I'm Stephanie

I grew up in Provo, Utah. I love to run. I am a labor & delivery nurse. I married the man of my dreams. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I got married in the Timpanogos Temple about a year ago to my high school sweetheart. My man, Kevan, he always brings a smile to my face and is one of things that makes me love life. My husband served a mission in Mendoza, Argentina for two years. During that time I was busy attending college and taking a heavy load of nursing classes. In addition I was representing our University as a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. I love to run! Now as a graduate nurse I am starting a job on a labor and delivery unit while my husband finishes school. Kevan plays football for our University and works very hard, I am so proud of him!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. I was one of the lucky ones who never questioned whether or not the church was true, but that doesn't mean I've always had my own testimony. I leaned on those around me and slowly gained an independent testimony of different gospel principles as I learned more about them and experienced their impact in my everyday life. One of the most trying events in my life was the death of my little brother, Brady. He was just 18 months younger than me and after going to the emergency department several times with severe headaches was diagnosed with Viral Meningitis and Encephalitis. From the time he was admitted to the time he passed away was under two weeks. There is no way I could have survived this experience without my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. While Brady was in the hospital he was in a coma and had no brain activity. When we spoke to him we didn't know if he even knew we were there. My family, ward, community members and I prayed daily for Brady's health and participated in a group fast. After our fast we had a day in the hospital where when we held my brother's hand or spoke to him we could see brain activity! What a tender mercy to be able to talk to Brady one last time. All throughout Brady's hospital stay it was our prayers and the prayers from those around us that gave us strength. After Brady's passing I was immediately overcome with the spirit and knew that Brady was with my Father in Heaven and that through the perfect plan of happiness we could all be together again. Despite the peace I felt right after his passing, Brady's death was still devastating. There were days I didn't want to get out of bed, weeks I didn't want to go back to school, and months I didn't want to face other people. It brought me great comfort to know that the Savior had atoned not only for my sins, but for every sorrow I've ever felt. I can testify that I know Jesus Christ lives and loves us and he will always be there for us in times of trial.

How I live my faith

My husband and I currently attend a family ward. I am serving as a laurel advisor and he gets to serve as a deacons advisor. We have loved working with the youth of the church. Some of our responsibilities include teaching lessons a couple times a month. It is always fun to plan a lesson and try and find unique ways to help it be applicable to the youth. We also get to attend mutual each Wednesday. This means that we are constantly planning and carrying out activities such as planting flowers down the main street in our town, ice blocking at the local park, or sharing our testimonies. We also get to help plan special youth events such as firesides, girl's camp and stake dances. One significant activity our ward is participating in this year is a handcart Trek in Wyoming. Our youth and leaders are pulling handcarts about 10 miles a day through the mountains of Wyoming to better understand our pioneer ancestry. Each week we attend church at our local building. During the first hour our entire ward meets in the chapel where different members of our ward speak and we get to partake of the sacrament, which is symbolic of Christ's atonement and helps us to be cleansed and forgiven of our sins. During the second hour we split into smaller class rooms based on age and assigned members teach about the doctrine of the church. During the final, third hour the men and women each meet in different rooms. During this time we meet with the youth and share that lesson we have prepared. Another way I participate in the church is as a visiting teacher. I am assigned two women in my ward to visit each month with another sister in my ward who acts as my companion. It has been such a treat getting to know all three of these women better and they have become some of my dear friends in the ward.