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Hi I'm Stephany

I am a country girl with a rich heritage in the gospel. I am excited to serve my mission in Korea. I am a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in three different places. Two of those places were small farms. I was home schooled and am now a student at BYU majoring in linguistics. Growing up I did many different extracurricular activities such as horseback riding, 4-H, trapping, dancing, and knitting. My most favorite pastime, however, is a good book. I recently received my mission call and will be serving a full time mission in the Pusan Korea mission. Since my Father served his mission in Seoul I grew up with a taste for kimchi. My Father is very happy that I will be serving in Korea and is already saying that he will be writing me in Korean. I have listened to his stories and my excitement has grown as well as my conviction that my Heavenly Father knows me and is sending me to serve in a place where I am meant to be. I know that this opportunity to share the gospel in another language will strengthen my own testimony and prepare me for the trials that I will face in my future life. I feel the responsibility of the example that I must set for this and future generations and I know that I can do nothing but my best.

Why I am a Mormon

I cannot imagine my life without the gospel in it. I can only say that I would not be the person I am today. My mother's family comes from good Mormon pioneer stock but my dad's family was converted when he was only four or five. My grandpa struggled with many different things. He tried very hard to be a righteous man who honored his priesthood but there were times when he did not always succeed. because of this my dad grew up without certain encouragements in his life and did not know how to handle certain situations. My childhood was not easy but because our family had the gospel in our lives my parents were able to keep their eyes on an eternal future for our family despite their many differences. Thankfully, because I am a Mormon I was able to learn of the important and eternal things in this life as well as the next. I am thankful that despite all of his faults my grandpa recognized the need for the gospel in his family's life and be baptized. I am thankful that my parents were able to honor each other and me and my siblings in the gospel with love and kindness despite the difficulties presented in their lives. At on point I went through a period of depression. Without the gospel I wouldn't have been able to make it through that period. I recently was able to go to the temple and receive sacred ordinances. There I found an expansion of knowledge and a confirmation and expansion of myself. I know that without the gospel my life would have been a nightmare and I am grateful that I have been blessed with the heritage that I have received. I could never be anything but a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The past few months have been difficult for me. In order to prepare to serve a mission I have had to earn a goodly sum of money to pay for it. For about five or six months I worked at an assisted living facility. It was my first time working full time instead of part time and the work was very demanding and stressful. My father had always felt strongly that his children should do their best to pay for their own missions and taught us the value of a good work ethic. As my report date grew nearer I knew that I would never be able to earn enough. When my father told me that he would be able to help me with my finances "even if he had to sell his guns" I was overwhelmed. Thankfully my dad will not have to give up his favorite past time. My mother received a call from my grandmother who told us that a family member had volunteered to pay for one of her grandchild's missions and asked who would have need of his help. I grew up in the gospel and my parents taught me many good things. I have learned integrity, faith, and received a good education. But it was this experience that taught me that if we strive to do our best despite our weaknesses the Lord will meet us half way and prepare "every needful thing."