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Hi I'm Stephanie Jean Blanchard

I hail from Missouri. I'm a proud ginger. I wear hearing aids. I'm a huge nerd. I play soccer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born & raised in suburbia St. Louis (Missouri) in a place called St. Peters, I am the "baby" of a small family of 5 which includes Mom, Dad, older brother Alex & older sister Betsy. I'm hard-of-hearing, subtitles are my best friend and if you whisper to me I won't understand a word you say. My mom is an active member of the Church and took me and my siblings to church whenever she could for the first 18 years of my life. I went to Southern Virginia University from Fall of 2011 to Spring of 2013. Soccer is my one true love; I've played it for 13 years, though I thoroughly enjoy ANY and ALL sports (2nd place goes to Basketball, 3rd place goes to running). Though I am not really musically gifted I've played the alto sax for about 9 years, and I plan on re-learning piano after serving my mission (due to lack of practice the first go-round). I love to sing but know I shouldn't, I blame my bad hearing for my terrible singing voice but really it's just the Blanchard curse. I consider myself a HUGE dork and I've grown up with a slight obsession with Lord of the Rings. I love other scifi/fantasy/action movies & books including Harry Potter, Star Trek, the Ender's Game series, the Avengers, and anything really along those lines. I love to play video games, but I'm a strong believer in "everything in moderation." I love quoting movies & being a goofball. I love to read. I also love school. But above all these things, I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is truly the key to happiness!

Why I am a Mormon

Though I have always been at least semi-involved in the Church all my life, I hadn't developed a strong personal testimony of the Church until about two years ago. Growing up I didn't have what you'd call the best church attendance. Soccer had always been my biggest priority and consumed most of my time, causing me to miss plenty of sacrament meetings, youth activities, & other church events. In Aug. 2011 I got a nice BIG slice of humble-pie when I tore my ACL (ligament in the knee) during my first college soccer game. It prevented me from playing soccer for six months. I discovered later that the first surgery didn't work, resulting in another ACL surgery (which meant no soccer for ANOTHER six months). Very long-story-short, I discovered that my happiness shouldn't depend on soccer. Though I thought otherwise, soccer was NOT what life is all about. I depended heavily on the Lord to carry me through this unbelievably difficult time, where I thought I not only lost my soccer career, but my entire identity. Only through reading, praying, and going to church did I discover that I had a bigger purpose than to kick a ball around; I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father, sent here to learn & grow & become more like my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because it has brought me a sense of purpose; no longer am I lost. Through prayer, the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the modern-day prophets & apostles, I have learned (and am STILL discovering more about) the reason I am here.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving an 18-month mission in Salem, Oregon preaching the gospel to the Spanish-speaking community. I'm FAR FAR FAR from perfect, but I try to be a good leader through example, doing the things that the Savior would have done if He Himself were here.