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Hi I'm Stephanie!

I was born and raised in Southern California! I'm a full time student! I am a Mormon! And proud of it!

About Me

I love movies, pizza, good food in general, the beach, sports, beating a guy in arm wrestling, working, my family, friends, playing pranks, the sun, sandals, t-shirts, playing the piano, pretending like I can dance, animals, being a missionary, sharing the gospel, hanging out with friends, learning, reading the scriptures, running, racing, competitions, the color green, California, In-n-out, Café Rio, adventures, theme parks, music, fireworks, love, the gospel, the temple, and most of all, my Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that this church is true for many reasons. This gospel teaches many great and wonderful things. It teaches us good values. It teaches us to be like Christ! It teaches us to love one another, and how to treat our family, as well as how important our family is. It has given me the knowledge that my family can be together forever! I know that someday I will be sealed to my husband for time and all eternity! That includes in heaven! I know if I follow the standards that this church has set, I will have to the spirit to be with me always. And if I have the spirit to guide me, then I will be able to make righteous decisions and return to my Father in heaven. That is the goal in this life. To prepare ourselves and friends and families to return to live with Heavenly Father again. I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, and his suffering and righteous living, we can be forgiven through repentance. He has given us the greatest gift of all, and we are eternally in his debt. I love him so much, and I love this gospel.

How I live my faith

In the past, I'm usually called to be involved in the music one way or the other. I am so grateful for the opportunities the church gives me to serve or to help my talents and love for others grow. Currently I'm a missionary in Birmingham, Alabama speaking Spanish!

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Stephanie!
Being baptized is not just a way of entry into a church, it is a committment to follow the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ! "The first principles and ordinances of the gospel are, first, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, second repentance, third baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, and fourth the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Fourth article of Faith.) Baptism is an essential ordinance for us to return to live with our Father in heaven someday, and who wouldn't want to have the chance to be baptized and to be wiped completely clean from all sins! The gospel of Christ is set up so perfectly that we are able to have joy in this life and the life to come! I am so grateful for this, and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, Amen. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Stephanie!
Attending church, is an act of worship that we partake in each Sunday. It is the sabbath day, and we are to obey God's commandement and keep it holy! That means that we rest from our labors, and try to refrain from any shopping for that day. It is a day of rest, and a day of worship. Investigators are welcome to come and experience how our meetings go any Sunday they'd like! The temple on the other hand is a little different! Once the temple has been built, it is then open for an open house, for all visitors to come and view whether they are mormon or not! After the temple is dedicated however, only members with temple reccomends (permission from their church leaders) are able to enter based on their worthiness. We go to the temple to perform saving ordinances and work for those who are deceased. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to perform these ordinances in behalf of other children of God. It is a very wonderful spiritual experience, and we hold this work very sacred. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Stephanie!
James chapter 2 states, "faith without works, is dead being alone." In order for our faith to grow, we need to prove to ourselves and God, that we are striving to grow closer to him. Whether it be through service, scripture study, or prayer, we have to work for it! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Stephanie!
We perform ordinances such as baptism in the temple for people and ancestors who have passed away. Personally, one of my friends, who was not a member of the church, passed away. Through permission from their family, I was able to stand in proxy for them in the temple, and be baptized. These ordinances are necessary for entrance into the Kingdom of God. We do this work out of love, and so that our brothers and sisters in the world can have the opportunity on the other side, to accept the gospel or not. We cannot force them into the kingdom of heaven, but only give them the opportunity. It is a commandment of the Lord to perform this work for his children, and we are so blessed to be able to have these opportunites to serve in the Lord's house. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Stephanie!
The authority to baptize is called the priesthood. When Christ was killed along with all of his apostles, there was an apostacy on the earth, or a time in which the authority would not be here any longer. If you read in the Bible, Amos chapter 8 speaks of an apostacy, not of water or food, but of the gospel. This authority, or the priesthood, to act in God's name was lost. Through the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this authority was restored to the earth once again, for the last time, and is never to be lost again until the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We now on the earth today have ordained this priesthood to worthy men, to act and perform saving ordinances that the Lord has called them to perform. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Stephanie!
When missionaries come to your door, their main goal is to be able to show you their sincere love and respect for all of God's children. When they are welcomed to begin teaching you or your family, they have a series of lessons that answer questions of the soul. They talk about the restoration of Christ's church to the earth in these latter-days. They talk about Heavenly Father's plan for us as children, and why we're here, where we came from, and where we are going. They talk about the steps we need to take here to follow Jesus Christ, such as baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, by someone with the priesthood, just as Christ was baptized by John the Baptist, someone with the authority. They will talk about commandments, and things we need to do to stay on the path after baptism, the path that leads to eternal life and happiness. Finally, they talk about the many blessings that are promised to latter-day saints, and responsibilities that we have as members of Christ's church. I can promise, that having the missionaries in your home will bless your life, as well as answer any questions that you might further have. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Stephanie!
No. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Stephanie!
Sincerely pray, study it out in your heart, listen for the spirit, and obey God's commandments. He will manifest the truth of it unto you through the power of the Holy Ghost. And through the power of the Holy Ghost, we can know the truth of all things. (Moroni 10:4-5) Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Stephanie!
It is really hard to describe the Atonement of Jesus Christ, but I'll do my best. The Atonement is when Jesus Christ took upon himself, all the pains, sorrows, sins, and afflictions, of every single person that ever has and ever will live. We can see why it's something we can't even fathom. He suffered so that we won't have to. No unclean thing can return to live in the presence of God. We, being imperfect children, are unclean, and are in need of help. Christ volunteered to take upon those sins, to take the blame, and to bring about an infinite atonement. Through the atonement, we are able to conquer death and the fall. We are able to return to the presence of the Father, and to be resurrected one day to live with our families forever. Our Savior Jesus Christ loves us so much, that He did all that for us. He lived a perfect life, He was brought to the slaughter, and now continues to take upon Himself our daily burdens and griefs. To have His Atonement fully effective in our individual lives, we must have faith in Christ, repent, be baptized and confirmed, and endure to the end. We need to continue to be clean, to serve others, and keep trying, and repent as often as we can. So that one day when we see His face, we can thank Him. And then we can return to our Heavenly Father's presence. Show more Show less

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

Stephanie!
You need to first be in contact with a member of the church, or some missionaries, or if you don't know any, then you may request someone to contact you via www.mormon.org. Then they will come and talk to you more about the church, and they will set up a date for you to be baptized. It is necessary to be baptized to become a member of the church because the baptism needs to be performed by someone holding the proper authority of God. Once you are meeting with missionaries, you be taught certain lessons to prepare you for baptism, which will be followed by an interview to make sure you are ready. Then you will experience the joyous day of being baptized and cleansed from every sin and burden. I testify in the name of Jesus Christ that this will be one of the happiest days of your entire life. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Stephanie!
No. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Stephanie!
No. Show more Show less