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Hi I'm Stacey

I am the mother of 5 energetic, creative and funny kids. I love throwing parties and reading classic literature. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Nebraska and loved everything about it, except the humidity. I have 8 brothers and 3 sisters. I am the ninth child. I went to Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho where I studied history. Just before graduating I met my adoring husband and we have been married now for 15 years. We have five beautiful children. One boy and four girls. I stay at home with them and run the household. A job that is, for me, both exhausting and exceedingly rewarding. We just bought an old farmhouse with a small acreage and spend a lot of our free time in remodeling the house and working the land, something that brings us immense satisfaction and a lot of backaches. I love to read, mostly classic literature, Jane Austen novels being an all-time favorite. I also love historical novels. I like to do digital scrapbooking, when I have a spare moment or two. And I love to throw parties for my kids and our family and friends. I, on occasion, dabble in cake decorating. Oh, and I make fantastic desserts!

Why I am a Mormon

I am from what we Mormons like to call pioneer stock. My ancestors on both my mother's side and my father's side joined the church in its very beginnings. But that's how I became a Mormon, but that's only in part why I am still a Mormon. I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, not really a mecca for Mormons. I was raised in a gospel-centered, family-oriented home. I was taught by both my parents beliefs, values, standards, and expectations. And we lived up to them the best we could. Our neighbors weren't Mormons. My friends weren't Mormons. My school peers weren't Mormons. I went to a high school with 2000 students and only a handful were Mormon, only one other Mormon in my graduation class of 400. Those beliefs, values, standards, and expectations were questioned and challenged over and over and over by those not of my faith. At a very young age I had to decide if I believed all those things my parents taught me. I had to know if it was worth it to stand so utterly alone and to defend my religion. I had to know for myself if the Mormon way of life was going to be my way of life. I can't pinpoint an exact moment. No grand vision or angel came. It came little by little. As one aspect of my religion was challenged I would pray to know of its veracity. And then someone else would challenge another aspect and I was again brought to my knees. This became a pattern that would guide me to firm testimony that the gospel was true, that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, that the Book of Mormon was an inspired book of scripture. And because all that is true so is the rest. I often felt like the servant that was with Elijah when they stepped out of their tent and were surrounded by the enemy. But it didn't matter. I knew that they that were with me were more than they that were with them. I have never regretted being a Mormon. The restored gospel gives me hope, joy, value and perspective that's not found anywhere else.

How I live my faith

I am currently a teacher in our women's organization and I love it! I spend hours every month studying talks from our current church leaders and the scriptures. I love contemplating the gospel and it's role in my life as well as in the lives of the women I teach. It fills me with joy to share the gospel in this way. My testimony of Jesus Christ grows as I become increasingly aware of his unconditional love for me and my little family. I see His hand in my every day life and the gospel anchors us to Him and provides a safe course back to live with Him and Heavenly Father. I also am the music chairperson for our congregation, meaning that I help organize the organists, musical numbers, hymns, and the choir every Sunday. I believe very deeply in the power of uplifting music to aid in feeling the Spirit and bringing solace to the soul. So much of what I love about the gospel is expressed so beautifully in the verses of our hymns.