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Hi I'm Stella

I grew up in Southern Illinois amongst corn fields yet not far from the bustling city of East St. Louis, MO.

About Me

I was married and sealed for eternity to my husband almost four years ago and we have two beautiful children. I served an LDS mission in Montreal, Canada. I come from a "yours, mine & ours" family. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Recreation Management from BYU-Idaho. I am passionate about the outdoors and love to recreate with my family whether we are biking, hiking, swimming, kite flying or out for a walk. My daredevil gene comes from my dad. I have my motorcycle's endorsement and cliff jumping is a much loved past time. I tend to turn to natural living and healing methods before traditional Western modern-day medicine. (Although I'm thankful for modern medicine!) Being a full time wife and mother is difficult yet very rewarding. I will be straight with you. Some days I wonder if I'm cut out for such a high and noble calling, especially when I don't have a dinner plan, the house is a mess and my kids are both crying and I know my husband is coming home hungry soon... Elder Bruce C. Hafen said, "If we are not willing to grapple with the frustration that comes from honestly and bravely facing the uncertainties we encounter we may never develop the kind of spiritual maturity that is needed for our ultimate preparations". I hope to continue to "grapple" every day because that part of God's plan is still up to me. Endure to the end. He has "ultimate preparations" for us all. So let us "lay up for 'ourselves' treasures in heaven" (Matthew 6:20).

Why I am a Mormon

Missionaries baptized my dad's family when he was a child but they didn't remain active members of the Church afterward. My single father remembered the Spirit of the Lord he felt from his childhood baptism when my (twin) sisters and I were babies. We grew up partly active members as he tried to take us to Church while striving to eradicate his habits of the past. I was baptized at age 8 yet as for me I wouldn't say that's when I committed completely to be a disciple of Christ. There was a process of forgiveness I had to go through which helped me draw closer to my Heavenly Father. I had to forgive my birth mom for abandoning my sisters and I to a life of bar goings, abusive boyfriends and alcoholism. It is through the Atonement of the Savior that I have found peace, felt wanted and loved.

How I live my faith

I love to help others within the community and my church congregation. I feel in doing these things I am striving to keep God's commandments. In the past I have volunteered in a homeless shelter, a children's museum and a watershed. I have taught principles of my faith to young Primary children (age 10-11) as well as to women from my age to 80 years old. For now I am focusing on teaching our son and trying to be a positive example to him.