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Hi I'm Stephanie

I lost my mom to cancer; I realized nothing is more important in this life or the next than family. They can be forever!

About Me

I grew up in the Midwestern "Bible Belt", where I assumed no one was a Latter-Day Saint (LDS), until I learned otherwise. I was the only active Mormon in my high school of 2,000. People just knew I was Mormon and watched what I did; I never understood people's "fear" of my being Mormon. My closest school friends knew my personal standards and respected me for them; in fact, they protected me from adverse outside influences. They knew I was a Christian by the way I lived my life and told others as well, on my behalf. I didn't preach, I just was. I eventually became the student body president of my high school. I went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, for college, where everyone was a Mormon, until I learned otherwise. This was nice for a while, but then I found I didn't have to work as hard, because I wasn't being watched all the time and everyone around me shared my same beliefs. I missed challenging myself. Now I live in Colorado with my husband of 18 years and our five children and I try to continue setting a good Christian example to my neighbors, even though they don't believe I'm a "real" Christian. But that's okay, because I know who I am, why I'm here, and where I'm going...these are my beliefs and they're not going to change, because others disagree. I'm a good person who's trying her best daily to live the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. His ancestors were some of the earliest members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints...Mormon pioneers who sacrificed all they had in the pursuit of religious freedom and tolerance. As a young girl, my mother was invited by a school friend to attend the LDS church. Not having been raised in any religion, she compared the quiet, peaceful feelings she used to have while in the mountains, to how she felt while attending the LDS Church. She knew there was something "bigger" than her - she felt God's presence. After her parents divorced, her family moved to Utah and she joined the church when she turned sixteen. Years later, while researching her family tree, she discovered that through her mother's mother's family there were early Mormon pioneer ancestors. I was raised as a Mormon, but that doesn't mean that I didn't have to become "converted" in my heart. We are a product of those who've come before us, but at some point, I had to ask myself if I believed what my parents believed. During my high school years, I attended early morning seminary at 5:45 am before school. My freshmen year I studied the Book of Mormon. I was the same age Joseph Smith the prophet was when he was visited by Heavenly Father & His Son, Jesus Christ. I felt like if they could appear to a teenage boy & answer his questions, then why not mine? More than ever, I wanted to know if the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true. My prayers weren't answered without hard work, patience, & a sincere desire to know the truth for myself. I asked the tough questions & pondered them, read the scriptures, prayed, & fasted that year before my personal miracle came. I remembered waiting after I'd prayed on my knees & I felt like I was being embraced in this warm hug. The Spirit was so strong & I knew that God knew me as an individual. At that moment, I just knew that all I'd been taught was right. I invite you to come unto Him.

How I live my faith

I share the time and talents the Lord's blessed me with for the strengthening of those around me. I have a love of the arts. Music helps me to feel the Spirit. I took piano lessons for 10 years as a child and have always loved singing. As a teenager, I learned how to lead music for our congregational hymns and for the Primary children. During high school, I was involved in Dance Choir and musicals/plays. I was a middle/high school Drama & English teacher before I had my first child. I have helped the youth to prepare and perform roadshows, which are usually based on a gospel principle found in the scriptures. I have loved preparing a lesson, teaching it, helping the youth to set and complete spiritual goals, and planning monthly spiritual activities for the young women and the adult women. Providing service makes me happy. I visit several women monthly to make sure their needs are met -- providing friendship for all. Making and taking meals or providing babysitting to those in need help us to grow into better, happier people. Exposing my children to these experiences have taught them that our hands are God's hands; and many hands make light work. Working together as neighbors in our schools and in our communities by providing service to those in need makes us all stronger. I learned these lessons from my mother & now I pass them down to my children. My mother passed away 4 years ago from ovarian cancer. It has been difficult to cope, but I know I will see her again someday. I've recently picked up where my Mom left off in researching her family tree. I have felt her presence & have felt impressed to research specific lines. Technology has allowed the sharing of records to become so much easier & more readily available. I'm amazed how many people it took to create one me & how many more will come from me through my children. Family is everything & those feelings, memories, & relationships will be eternal! I will do great things with their names & make them proud!