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Hi I'm Stephanie

Seattle born and raised, Mechanical Engineering student, Wife, Mom, Runner, and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Greater Seattle Area and love the Pacific Northwest. I am about to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and hope to be able to enter the engineering field soon. If anything, I would like to use my degree to encourage young girls to get more involved in the engineering and mathematics world. I am somewhat of a feminist in that I believe everyone should have the same opportunities and equal playing ground. I grew up in a large family with lots of love and competition. Education has been a big part of our family, and even though I don't consider myself a "smart" person, I work extremely hard and sometimes go through some very stressful, sleepless nights to accomplish my goals. My husband and I have been married for 3 years. We are best friends and love good food and being active. We welcomed our first baby girl into our family in 2015, which has been quite the adventure. I love the outdoors and trying new things. I started running when I was 13 and haven't stopped since. I do it mainly for the exercise, but also for the peace of mind I get when I'm able to think things through as I run. I love to watch movies and browse Pinterest. My guilty pleasure is definitely watching useless shows such as The Bachelor and Keeping up with the Kardashians. I am very easy going, but I also like to stay busy and feel accomplished.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church, but that's not the reason I am one today. Each person eventually has to go through their own personal spiritual journey and become committed to Jesus Christ on their own. I can't think of any particular time when I suddenly knew that the church was true, but I've slowly found out for myself and I've continuously prayed to God to know that it is true. I'm constantly praying for that confirmation and every time it's reaffirmed to me that it is. I've gone through times where I've thought it would be more freeing to live on the edge and experiment and not have to be "held down" by the church. But really, I've found that because of the church, I've been able to avoid so much heartache and regret that comes from living an opposite lifestyle. For me, this has been a HUGE blessing. There really is a safety, peace, and real freedom that comes from keeping the basic commandments that are that you can get nowhere else. I won't go into great detail of the blessings that have come to me, but I've listed one of the biggest ones below. One of the best blessings I've been able to have come to me as a result of the gospel is being able to be married to my husband in the LDS Temple. The LDS church teaches that families can be together forever and because I was married to my husband in such a special place as the temple under the right authority, I can be with him forever, even after death. I know for sure that because our marriage is meant to last forever, it is strengthened and we both have a lasting commitment to keep the promises that we made to each other and to God. I've been asked if I feel "old fashioned" because I am married to someone I plan on staying married to for the rest of my life and even after death. In reality, it has been the best decision I've ever made and I continue to realize it even more every day that I get to spend with him.

How I live my faith

I've found that the best way to feel close to Jesus Christ is to be the type of person He would have me be. That means having to put a lot of trust in Him and doing as he would do. I try my very best not to be judgmental of others and to have compassion for anyone I come in contact with, including those who may live or think differently from me. I have a tendency to always see the good in others and any situation. I know that my Heavenly Father loves his children but also allows them to have their agency, which as a result can sometimes cause deep sorrow and pain. One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Nephi 11:17, "I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things." I love going to church each Sunday and feeling that peace that comes from attending. I've had a lot of opportunities to serve in the church mostly through music. My Mom put a lot of emphasis on us to learn how to play the piano well enough that we could use our talents for good. I've been extremely blessed to be able to play the organ and piano for our various church meetings and I love the spirit that music brings into our meetings. I also love the simplicity of the music in our church; there is usually only a piano and the voices of the congregation. By keeping it simple, not flashy, and very sacred, the music brings a calmness to me every Sunday that I feel every time I hear the words sang in the hymns.