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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm from Blackfoot, Idaho. I study Psychology and Women's Studies. I love to water-ski. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student who loves to learn...and has a tendency to procrastinate because I'd rather be spending time with my husband. As an academic, I study Psychology and Women's studies. I love to learn about inter-group relations, how to influence others' decisions, groups of people who have been oppressed, and how to help people recognized their worth. I have always had a passion for reading, and even though it's not directly related to my major, I love to read classic literature: Les Miserables, Tartuffe, and Hard Times are some of my most favorites. When I'm not being an academic, I love to be outside; playing soccer, running, slalom-skiing, hiking, and playing on the beach are some of my favorite outdoor activities. I think part of the reason I love being outside so much is because it helps take me back to my country-girl roots. I was raised on a potato farm, doing all of the things that a potato farmer's daughter ought to do...and ever since I moved away I still occasionally crave the openness and smell of dirt that one can only find on a farm.

Why I am a Mormon

I've chosen to be a Mormon because I feel that it is right. I "feel" it is right by a warm happiness that enters my heart. I was born into a family of Mormons, but I wanted to learn that the LDS church was the "right" one for myself. So I decided to read the Book of Mormon. I didn't get a immediate, super-strong, knowledge that it was true that a lot of people talk about. But I didn't know it was wrong. So I decided to keep digging. I had to know. So I read another one of the LDS books of scripture, The Doctrine and Covenants. It was then that I got my answer. As I read the Doctrine and Covenants, I could feel God's love for me so strongly. I knew then that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the correct one to follow. Since that time, I have also been able to "feel" that the Book of Mormon is true. But it took some time, and a lot of studying and praying about it on my part. That initial love that I felt, when I knew that God loved me, that is what gave me the hope to go on in the LDS faith until I got more concrete answers about other doctrine. Because I am inquisitive by nature, I don't think that all of my questions will every be satisfied. But I do know this: I know that God loves me, and that He loves each of His children. When I have worries, or doubts, I know that I can pray to Him about them, and He will listen. I know that when I pray, I will feel that love, and be reminded of the Father-daughter relationship that I hold with Him. I also know that God's son, Jesus Christ, lived, atoned, died, and then was resurrected. Christ did that because He too loves me and you. I know that because as I have sought out the truthfulness of it, I have felt it. I am a Mormon because I felt the love that my Heavenly Father (God) has for me. I continue to be a Mormon because through prayer, I continue to feel that love, and to have my prayers and questions answered.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many ways. The first is by making a conscious effort to treat other people the way that Christ would if He were here. I visit other women in my neighborhood each month, with the purpose of making sure that they are doing alright physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If they need any help, I assist them in any way I can. If they need more help then I can give, I ask our Bishop for help, and he provides it. I also live my faith by helping other women in our church learn more about our teachings. One Sunday each month, I teach a class to women ages 18 and older. The material from these lessons come from our church leaders. We talk about topics such as faith, where we are going after this life, how to be better mothers/sisters, and a myriad of other topics. In my teaching, I facilitate discussions between class members, allowing the other women in the class to share their experiences. The best part of teaching this class is getting to hear all of the great insight of the other women--they all have such great insight and personal experiences. Their knowledge continually astounds me and encourages me to do better.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

In regards to interests, hobbies, skills, and personalities, variability among Mormon women is as varied as it is in any other group; Mormon women participate in all kinds of sports, activities, clubs, political parties, etc. Mormon women do have some similarities, though. As a group, they believe that they are daughters of their Heavenly Father, and that they have the divine responsibility to nurture and raise children. This responsibility to raise children is one that is given primarily to women, but men are expected to help out as well. In the Mormon church, the doctrine teaches that men and women are to be equal partners in marriage: neither one is to be above or before the other. However, each has distinct roles to perform. The man's primary responsibility is to provide for the family, and the woman's primary responsibility is to nurture their children. Show more Show less