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Hi I'm Stefanie

I was born in Athens Greece, I love my kids, my Dogs and My Husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a proud mother of two boys. One is in the Air Force and has served overseas.He is currently stationed in Nevada. My youngest lives and works in Mesa Arizona. My husband and I both served in the US Army. I am anxiously awaiting Grandbabies. I am a classically trained french chef. I am planning to continue my education this year in pastry arts and sugar work. I am happily married to my best friend of 14 years. He has just converted to the church and we are planning our Temple day for November of next year. We have relocated back to my original home ward after he was offered a great job in the Bay area. This was a real blessing since we just lived thru Hurricane Sandy. My husband and I enjoy our dogs, and we love to be on the computer with our other LDS friends. We both enjoy photography in our spare time, as well as our love for cooking. We also enjoy history and reading as well as camping and love all of our friends in the RV world. I also enjoy doing different crafts as the mood strikes me I always have several going at once.I actually hope to one day teach culinary arts and love to teach. I also have plans someday to own a small bed and breakfast.I have had many adventures over the course of my life this far, and eagerly await the next chapter with Mark! I have some special friends in Arizona. They are the most wonderful kids in my life- and they all call me Lilly. I love them with all of my heart and cannot wait to see them again. They are my best friends children.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Well, it isn't that easy to explain. I was raised in a several faiths that left me feeling like they meant nothing. In fact I can remember being an acolyte in one church and standing in the back room eating the little wafers they passed out for communion. Nobody ever explained what the significance was, so I saw nothing wrong. When I decided to investigate the church - I was 18 years old. In retrospect; I should have waited. My head was not in the right space. I wish I would have come at my membership more serious then I did. I joined to make someone else happy - and so I drifted away. I actually drifted away several times. What kept bringing me back was the feeling in the church when you are involved and a part of everything. I knew it was right- I just did not understand it. I raised the boys in the church, and left again. eventually I married Mark - and for several months there was a nagging feeling inside me to go back to the church. I prayed about it and finally brought it up to Mark. He agreed to go. Within days of going back to church, every single thing that was plaguing us was somehow remedied. Mark received 6 job offers in as many days, and committed to baptism. We were not sure what to make of it all, other then we knew we were doing the right thing. Over the next few weeks we were strict about prayer, and we really let the spirit guide us. We knew we were to come to northern California.We traveled nearly 3000 miles after losing quite a bit of our belongings in the Hurricane Sandy storms in Pennyslyvania. I asked my best friend to give me 4 Bishops names from 4 cities in the area that I knew. On blind faith we took the four names to the Oakland temple terrace. I was not in the slightest bit afraid of the outcome- I just knew it would work. We prayed there on the terrace, and we both came away with the same name. I called that bishop, and it turned out he was my original home teacher, in my original ward. We'll be sealed 11/2013 Oakland

How I live my faith

I have had many callings in the church, and my favorite was the homemaking teacher calling I had many years ago. I enjoyed it so much because I really hate to get in front of people and talk, but when I am teaching a craft it seems so easy. I love teaching. Currently, my husband and I feel a huge pull to do work for the dead, so we plan to spend a good deal of time in the next few months completing work as needed for the temple dead and our own ancestors - which I have begun work on. I have even reserved names for us in our family geneology. I started working on my geneology last year, and never knew it would all tie in this way, but what a wonderful work to do. Additionally I have begun a project I always wanted to start- and that is journaling with the idea in the back of my head that it may one day become a book. I know I am on a special journey. I know that because if you hear all of the circumstances that brought me to this point; you can't really believe anything else. I know the church is true and I know that I am here for a purpose, and I know Mark is as well. It is actually a very calm feeling, one I never expected. I look forward to investigating it more fully this year. I also look forward to working with the women in my ward. It was surprisingly warm and wonderful to see faces I recognized after being away so long. We will be sealed November 2013., Oakland Temple. My Best friend is LDS, and was instrumental in bringing me back to the church. Her and her husband will be our escorts on Temple Day. I can't imagine it without them. They are all who gave me my nickname, helped me back to the church, showed me love and believed in me thru school when I almost gave up.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

I have introduced the Church to many people, and been thankful that they all stayed in the church. The easiest way that I explain being a Mormon is that it is a 365 day religon. Many religons that I was a part of were only on Sunday, and there was no way to carry it over into everyday life. As a Mormon, I have activities and fellowship everyday to help me live a good life in the way that Christ intended. We have meetings and activites developed for every age that center around our faith and they all include wholesome fun, felowship,learning , service,compassion, education, and personal development. In this atmosphere, we are always growing and striving for a life walking with Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

All you have to do is ask. You can come to service, talk to us, talk to missionaries, and talk to God. In the end however, all you really have to do is truly pray, and truly ask. You will never hear a more clear and resounding answer in your life. You will know by the simple happiness you see in everyones faces in my church. They are all so peacefully happy, even though we are all real people going thru many of the same struggles everyone else is. The difference is we know it will all work out, and we know this is just the preparation for what is to come. Show more Show less