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Hi I'm Stephanie

I grew up in Tucson Arizona. I am a student at BYU where I am studying to get my Bachelor's of Fine Arts. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Ohio while my Dad was exchanging years of service for dental school. We moved to Arizona a few years after I was born so I consider Tucson to be my home and where I grew up.I have two older sisters and one younger brother. I've always loved sports and I played volleyball throughout high school. I also swam and cycled until eventually I picked up running as well and started to do triathlons. For as long as I can remember I loved to paint and draw. I can remember being young and dreaming of becoming an artist when I grew up but never thought I could seriously consider it as a potential career. My senior year of high school my art teacher convinced me that one of my works was good enough to submit to the Congressional Art Competition. I was shocked and excited when I got the phone call saying I had won the award. After that experience I found the confidence I needed to believe I could be good enough to go to school and study art. I am now a student at Brigham Young University where I am studying to receive my Bachelor's of Fine Arts. I have a minor in Art History as well and am working towards getting my teaching license as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because I have had too many wonderful and spiritual experiences happen to me as a result of being a member to deny that this gospel is true. My life and my family's lives have been blessed beyond measure and I have come to better understand what it means to sacrifice and to love other people. I know who I am and where I come from. I come from a loving Heavenly Father who has blessed me with two amazing parents here on Earth. And because I know who I am I want to be and become the best version of myself that I can be. I know that the only way I can achieve this is through Jesus Christ and his great sacrifice and Atonement. His love and sacrifice on my behalf is something that I could never adequately put into words how much it means to me. I love my Heavenly Father and I love His son Jesus Christ. I find faith and hope in Christ's gospel. Life here is not always easy and many times I have found myself pleading for help and for safekeeping. The answers to my questions and my cries for help have never been answered by the outlets which the world provides us. My pleas have only ever been answered by my Heavenly Father. He has been there for me in my darkest hour and in my lightest day. To have someone as supreme and wonderful as Him love and be concerned with someone as small as me is all I need to know; that the God we worship is far greater than we even realize. Whenever I feel confused, lost, or lonely I try to remember what has brought me the peace I needed in the past. The peace I feel from this gospel and from my Savior is something I could never give up and something I would never trade. When you know your soul is at peace, you know you have found where your soul belongs.

How I live my faith

The way I live my faith is by giving of my time and talents to help serve others and those around me. Service has always been implemented in my life at home and at church. I have served in lots of different positions teaching the youth as well as those of my own age group when I go to a ward (congregation) for young singles while I'm at school. I have also had the opportunity to be in the Relief Society Presidency (which is our church's Women's group) while at school. The four of us who were in the presidency looked after the welfare and wellbeing of young adult girls who are going to university with us. We worked to set up service opportunities and social gatherings where the girls had the opportunity to fellowship and make connections with each other.