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Hi I'm Anita Stephens

I am a native Las Vegan , Foster mom and adoptive mom I have 6 wonderful children and I am a mormon

About Me

I love singing and dancing and spending time with my family. My husband and I have fostered 43 children 2 of whom we have adopted. I love attending institute . I love to be able to help others and I think that is what lead me to fostering and even starting an association here in Clark County for foster families. I have also recently started coaching for E-soccer which is a league for children with special needs .

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was a baby, so I have grown up in the church. Although I do not come from Pioneer heritage, I have had the gospel my whole life. I remember as a teenager having that realization that I needed to find out if the gospel was true for myself and not just hang on my parents testimony. I have since found the value in the peace and safety the gospel brings. I have had a few times in my life where my testimony has really been tested, but in the end I am able to see the hand of God in my life and know that he wants to bless me. HE allows us to experience challenges so that we can grow and be better able to help those around us because of the challenges we have experienced and overcome. WE all have choices to make everyday. When life gets hard we can either blame God or we can choose to turn to him and allow him to carry us when we can't do it alone. I am grateful that I will have my family with me for eternity and for those things I do not understand.. My loving Heavenly Father will not leave us, he will gives us the answers when he is ready. I am Mormon because I am a disciple of Christ and I Want to do what he would have me do. It brings a peace and Joy that is so hard to describe, yet I long to hold on to.

How I live my faith

I am a visiting teacher and take my stewardship for my sisters very seriously. I want them to know that we love and care about them and that we will do anything we can to help them. I teach the 16-17 yr olds for sunday school and I love being able to share the gospel with them and help them to increase their testimonies. As a mother who has recently found out that one of her sons is gay, I had to really ponder and reflect on my faith. It seemed just common sense to me that I was to LOVE MY SON. I sure didn't understand everything , nor did I even like it, but he was my son, and I needed to be there for him . The parable of the Good Samaritan is a great guide for me as to how the Savior expects me to lead my life. I am to love my savior with all my heart might mind and strength , and I am to Love my neighbor. Which would certainly include my son. Isn't it significant that the Savior used a Samaritan and a Jew. Culturally these people did not ever associate with each other , yet in his parable it is the Samaritan who goes out of his way to care for and attend to the needs of this Jewish man . In our baptismal covenant we agree to Bear one anothers burdens, Mourn with those who mourn, Comfort those who stand in need of Comfort..I have certainly found in this situation it is must imperative that we follow that counsel. I have since been able to reach out to other LGBT individuals as well and hope that I can share the love and acceptance that I feel our savior expects me to. I feel it is important to be involved in our communities in whatever way we can , that through our example others will see that we are indeed Christians and that we want to do whats right and follow the savior.