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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a small-town girl headed for the one of the biggest cities in the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently completed my freshman year at Brigham Young University, where I major in applied mathematics. I love to read and write. I'm in love with the French Horn, which I play in the band, and I also play piano. I love to spend time with my family, doing things like playing games, watching movies, and traveling. I have decided to put aside my education and hobbies and leave my home and family for 18 months so that I can serve as a full-time proselyting missionary for the church. I will be serving in the Mexico Mexico City North Mission from November 2015 to May 2017. Though it will be hard to leave everything behind and learn Spanish, I could not be more excited. I decided to serve a mission because I want to share my testimony with as many people as I can. This gospel has brought me more joy than anything else in this world, and I want other people to feel that joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that has been in the church for generations, but that isn't the reason I'm a Mormon. I stay active in the church because I have seen first hand all the blessings and miracles the gospel of Jesus Christ brings to people. The church provides a stable foundation for me. This has been such a blessing because being a teenager isn't easy. I've watched as all of my friends question what is true and what isn't, and I've seen how hard it is for them to get through their trials. Having the gospel doesn't make my own trials disappear, but it makes it easier for me to endure them well. It gives me hope for a bright future. I have been working on developing my own testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. I remember the first time I read the Book of Mormon, I wanted to know for myself, and not based on the testimonies of others, whether or not it is true. So when I had completed the last chapter in the book, I kneeled down and prayed to know for myself. The feelings that then came over me where undeniable. I know without a doubt that that book and this church is true because I have received that witness from God Himself. What better witness could I ask for? I am eager to go out to share this testimony with others as a missionary because I want every one to feel the same joy that I have felt.

How I live my faith

My faith affects everything in my life. Every morning in high school, I got up at five to go to seminary, a special church class for youth. There I got to study the scriptures as well as have fun with the few other Mormons that go to my high school. While attending Brigham Young University, which is owned by the church, I enjoyed attending religion classes, weekly devotionals, and church with other students and friends. Now I have chosen to serve the Lord as a missionary. I will be away from my family and friends for 18 months, in a completely foreign place, learning a foreign language. It is daunting, but I know that I have been called by the Lord, and I am willing and eager to serve Him wherever, whenever, and however I can. "Because I have been given much, I too must give."

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mormons do a ton of service to members and non-members alike. For example, my youth group likes to go out and do service in the community for Wednesday night activities. Last Fall, we split into groups and tried to rake leafs in as many yards as possible. Non of the people we raked leaves for were Mormon, but all of them were pleasantly surprised when we showed up ready to help. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Our seminary and Sunday school classes study the scriptures on a four-year rotation. One year is spent each on Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and church history, Old Testament, and New Testament. So technically we spend more time studying the Bible than the Book of Mormon. We believe the Bible is the word of God, but we also recognize that God isn't limited to just one book to speak to us. I love and have a testimony of all of our scriptures. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Though we may not know Him perfectly, Heavenly Father knows each of us perfectly. He will reveal Himself to us each in our own individual way over our lifetime. I think that He doesn't reveal Himself immediately and all at once because we need to develop faith in Him. As we demonstrate our faith by keeping His commandments and praying sincerely, we will slowly come to know Him better. I personally feel like I have come closest to my Heavenly Father when I've prayed sincerely to Him, and He has given me the assurance that He is listening. Show more Show less