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Hi I'm Stephanie

I'm a full time stay at home mother to 5 beautiful children. I'm a wife to an eternal student : ) I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm a Canadian living in Texas. We moved here four years ago for my husband to complete his PhD. I love to run, hike, swim, ride horses, ski and skate. I also enjoy playing piano, singing, crocheting, sewing and learning new things. In my "free" time I volunteer at my children's school and am a Girl Scout Brownie troop leader. I have a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and I loved my job as a nurse. Eight years ago when my second child was born I decided to retire from nursing to become a full time stay at home mother. It has been the most rewarding and challenging career that I ever could pursue. I'm a mother to 5 wonderful children who teach me so much about the world every day and I'm extremely fortunate to be married to their father and my best friend. Life is beautiful!

Why I am a Mormon

I started out Mormon because I was raised that way. But I gained a testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on my own. You could say that my parents planted the seed of my faith but the only reason it grew is because I decided to nurture and tend to its needs. I love that we are encouraged to ask questions about our faith and religion and then find out for ourselves what the truth is. That is how I discovered I believed what I was taught. I had doubts about the truthfulness of my religion so I prayed and asked God. I discovered the truthfulness of precepts for myself. It's beautiful as I watch my oldest daughter begin to undertake this process on her own. One night after we had read from the scriptures she asked " Mom, what if this isn't true? What if Joseph Smith was lying and he made everything up?" My heart rejoiced at this question because it gave her the opportunity to find out for herself. I explained to her that I believed it was true and I believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, but that it wasn't enough for me to know that. I explained that she needed to find out for herself. God promises in Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you". If she were to ask God truly desiring the truth he would answer her prayers. She spent some time talking with her father and I. Then she prayed and offered a beautiful and sincere prayer asking to know for herself if what Joseph Smith said was true and if he really was a prophet of God. It was one of the sweetest moments of my life to see my own child pray to the Lord with such sincerity and to end that prayer knowing that she had truly received and answer to her question. The Holy Ghost reaffirmed to me also that night that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His restored church on earth today, that Joseph Smith was called to be the prophet of the restoration and that Thomas S. Monson is his living prophet today.

How I live my faith

I believe the greatest blessing that the Lord has to offer us is the opportunity to be an eternal family. Thanks to the great atoning sacrifice of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ I can be with my husband and children for eternity, not just "till death do us part". I believe the best opportunity that I have to live my faith is in my own family. I have daily opportunity to practice repentance, forgiveness, charity, faith and hope, as well as all other gospel principles. Living my faith in my own home is essential to me as my children watch very closely what I'm doing and they learn not just from the words I teach them but from the things they see me do as well. Outside of my home I live my faith by being actively involved in my community and my children's school. I also play piano each Sunday for the children's organization in our church.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Stephanie
Mormon women are like women everywhere. Some of us are stay at home moms, some are working moms, some are single women, some are widows. We're all trying to do our best with what we've been given in life. Yes, men and women are absolutely equal in our church! Although we are absolutely equal we aren't exactly the same and as such we don't have exactly the same roles. I've come to appreciate more and more how revered women are in our church. We are comfortable enough with who we are and value our own roles so much that we don't find it absolutely necessary to have and do all the exact same things that men do. We are confident in our own skin and not wishing we were in someone else's. Even though our roles are different my husband and I help each other as much as we can in our perspective roles. When he comes home from work and there isn't anything to eat yet he always asks "What do you want me to make you for supper?" If he comes home and laundry isn't folded, he folds it. If he needs extra help with a paper he is writing (he's a PhD student) then I help edit it, or he can bounce some theories around with me. My husband tells our children all the time that I'm the one who has to work the hardest in our family. I feel very valued and respected as a wife and mother and not just for my ability to mend clothes and cook good meals but also for my mind, spirituality and value to our community and society. Show more Show less