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Hi I'm Steph

I'm a graphic designer. I'm a wife and a stepmom. I love to make pie. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love art and I love to travel. I went to school for Art History and Graphic Design in Ohio and now reside in Indiana -- which is the 5th state I've lived in. I worked full-time in an office until recently. I now have the opportunity to stay at home and do freelance design work while my husband works and go to school. I love being a homemaker. I'm a stepmom to his three amazing kids -- 2 daughters and 1 son, who split their time between our house and their mom and stepdad's house. I love playing board games with my family and laughing at their antics. They make me laugh every day. Most of my days are filled doing laundry, washing dishes, and making my house a home -- which, for me, involves creating with my hands. I love cooking and baking as well as making art -- on canvas, paper, or digitally.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a very active family -- my dad was the Bishop (church leader) and my mom was a Primary teacher. Unfortunately, though my parents believed in the Church and had no ill feelings towards it, they stopped attending church meetings when I was in grade school. All my life, I felt like there was a big hole in my heart that nothing could fill. I had a very colorful, fun life -- lots of friends, an overbooked social calendar, travel... on the outside, nothing seemed to be missing. But I just didn't feel happy. I started to look at the people around me and was continually drawn to those who had a relationship with God and Jesus Christ. Their was a light about them. In 2008, a friend sent me a link to Stephanie Nielson's blog (Nie Nie Dialogues) shortly after her and her husband were in a plane crash. I immediately felt a connection to her. We're both named Stephanie and we're the same age. I couldn't stop reading and was so moved by their faith. About a year later, I flew out to Salt Lake City, Utah for my Grandpa's funeral and stepped into a Ward building for the first time in probably 20 years. The Spirit was so strong and while I sat in that chapel, I cried as I was overcome with peace and love and comfort. I knew I'd found what was missing. I knew that was where I belonged. That day, at 28, the big hole in my heart closed up. I let the Savior enter in. Since then, I've faced many trials -- but my love for the Gospel, the scriptures, and the Plan of Happiness continues to grow. I'm so thankful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I met my husband at Institute (a Scripture Study class for 18 to 30 year olds) right before I turned 30. We were married for time and all eternity in the Chicago temple in 2014.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving as the Young Women's Secretary in my Ward. I love making handouts, newsletters, calendars -- and helping support the YW leaders. My first calling was teaching Sunday School to the youth (12 to 17 year olds) and I love serving them. I feel like they teach me more than I can ever teach them. We learn so much from each other. They're so awesome!

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Steph
A testimony is something you know to be true -- not because you've read it in a book or because it's something you can prove with evidence -- but because you went to God with pure intentions and sought His counsel. Answers don't always come right away or in the way we'd like, and that can be frustrating. Blessings don't come when we're not following God's commandments and submitting to His will. We have to remember that God is in control. I think one of the hard things about faith is that people want substantiation -- and that's not how faith works. Your faith and diligence have to come first, and it has to come from an honest and humble place. One of the things I love most about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is that we're always encouraged to build our own testimony. No one can force you to believe. You have to find that truth yourself -- through your own experiences, your own knowledge, and in your own time. And one of the best parts is getting to know our Heavenly Father and our Savior. They know us so well and love us so much -- and they know the people we need to connect with and the experiences that we need to have to help us understand when and how the Holy Ghost is communicating with us. Show more Show less