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Hi I'm Stefanie

I'm a Florida native. I teach elementary school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read all genres of books. Finishing a book is the most bittersweet thing-- I hate it because I've fallen in love with the characters and the story but I'm also always excited for the next adventure. I'm trying my hand at gardening and after many false starts I think I've finally gotten a small garden to survive. I have one half-brother and three step-sisters, and I'm the youngest by far.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS church my freshman year of college. I was actively involved in my previous church but I wasn't feeling as close to Heavenly Father as I had previously. I had a friend from high school who I'd always been impressed by her actions and her relationship with Heavenly Father. She and her parents lived their covenants in a way that really stood out to me. As I began checking out the church I slowly realized that I'd been surrounded by Mormons my entire life. It even turned out that my favorite substitute teacher from elementary school was Mormon! It was incredible how people who had been my role models throughout my childhood unknowingly ended up being a crucial part of my conversion. I loved how everyone seemed to be genuinely striving to be closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. There's definitely the "We're all in this together" mentality here instead of judging one another (which can be so easy and tempting to do). I've never felt the love of Heavenly Father more than when I'm serving others and church or in my community. My decision to be baptized was met with resistance from my family and friends but the Holy Spirit testified to me that this was a necessary step in my life. I've never been happier in my life because I know I'm living the way that I'm supposed to-- fulfilling my covenants and following Christ's example.

How I live my faith

I am a very active part in the women's organization in our church-- it's actually one of the largest women's organizations in the world. I help make sure that people who are new to the area feel welcome and make sure they get involved in local activities. Sometimes it gets a little crazy because there are a lot of students that move into my area and it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle of the new semesters. That's why the organization of the church is so important because it emphasizes the individual and their needs. I'm currently trying to be better at Visiting Teaching which is where the women of the church are assigned to visit specific women in the ward (congregation). This is such an important part of our church because it allows us to get to know people we wouldn't normally think about reaching out to. It's an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and show a Christ-like love to someone other than your friends.