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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm from California, I'm married, I'm a mother of two sweet boys, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life right now is happily consumed by my wonderful husband and two adorable sons. I learn more everyday on how to be a better wife and a better mother. I also enjoy cooking (which I did not do at all before I was married, go figure!), running (that is...the results from running), dancing (any time, any place), and serving others (when I make the effort to do it).

Why I am a Mormon

From a very young age I can remember "searching" for something. I grew up going to church off and on. Once when we moved my mom found a Christian church nearby that she really liked so we actually went almost every Sunday for a few years. Then we moved and didn't find another church we liked so we stopped going. When I got older and into my teenage years I made some unwise and unguided decisions that led me into a program that asked me to believe in a "Higher Power". I was at a humble point in my life and I was able to grasp this concept. I began to be spiritual but not religious and my life really did begin to change and improve but for me something was still missing. I met my husband a few years into my "spiritual" journey and since I had recently been speaking with an old friend of mine about God, since she was Christian, I had a lot questions about God and faith and what happens to us when we die...those sorts of questions. Anyways, he had an answer for every one of them. He had a simple answer that made sense. He invited me to church and I was amazed that there were no "preachers" telling me what to believe and what's more that none of their members, sitting at the front of the church conducting the meeting or not, were paid. Why would all of these people willingly give of so much of their time, freely? When I finally received the missionary lessons I was asked to pray and ask in faith to know for myself if what the missionaries were teaching was true, as it says in the beginning of The Book of Mormon. After fasting and prayer I received a strong personal testimony that these things were true. It was then that I called my future husband and told him I knew it was true and that I needed to be baptized. I'm a Mormon because I believe that this is the true church and I've received this revelation on my own.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good example of how someone who has covenanted to "love one another" should act. I'm still human and make mistakes but I really do try. I am kind to my neighbors (Mormon or not) and try to offer help where I see the need. I am lucky enough to be able to visit sisters in our local church (we call it a "ward") and assess spiritual and physical needs and then to meet those needs. I love how the church is set up to have all the members watching over each other. I am grateful for church "callings" that allow me to strengthen my testimony by serving others. As it says in the Book of Mormon, "Charity is the pure love of Christ." What better way to show love to our Savior than to love his children.