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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a total NPR fanatic, a writer, a reader, a gardener, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a big family, and my sister is my best friend. We did really dorky, awesome things like put on plays in our front room. I went to a huge high school, where I lived an essentially anonymous existence but gained some fantastic friends in theater and choir. I had plans to join the Peace Corps after college, but much to my chagrin--I met my husband my second semester. So I got married instead, graduated cum laude, and am now at home full-time with my crazy, awesome toddler. After his bedtime, I write and read lots of science fiction and fantasy, and run a small blog with my sister.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon, but I've stayed Mormon because I have benefitted from it in a million and one ways. I have been trained to see my income as a providential gift, meant to be shared with others. I have felt the comforting conviction of life after death soften the loss of a childhood friend and beloved grandparents. I have felt the community of believers in Jesus Christ, alive and well, in a dozen congregations all over the country. I have felt sincere concern and love from complete strangers who have welcomed me with open arms. I have every faith that Jesus Christ has redeemed my soul, and not only has given me this uncomparable gift, but continues to show his love for me by speaking through modern prophets to me. I am Mormon because I know that God would not leave us directionless in an era of upheaval and distress, and although my faith has wavered at several points in my life, the Book of Mormon has always rang true to some central pillar of my soul.

How I live my faith

I lead a small group of 8-12 year old girls in weeknight activities. It's like a cross between girl scouts and bible study. We talk and do all sorts of things, how binary works, how to make bread, the value and worth innate in all of us as children of God. My little girls are the best, and I hope that I can insulate them a tiny bit from all the peer negativity and social pressure that will greet them in middle school. They need to know that even when they feel like just a speck of nothing in a sea of people, God is aware of all of their feelings, and that He can keep their heads above water. No matter what happens.