Hi I'm Susie
I am a happily married mother of four and a grandmother of three children. I am a musician. I play the cello and I have sung with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since 1996. We have had alot of family members in the choir. My daughter represents the sixth generation in the Tabernacle Choir.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because that is the way I was brought up in a very good family. I have never deviated from my activity in the Church. This is what has brought me the exquisite happiness and joy that I feel in my life.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
There have been deaths of my close family members recently. I can't imagine going through these times without the knowledge and peace that has come from knowing that I will see them again. Families can be together forever; I love my family more than anything. Someday we will all be united with our Father in Heaven and our Eternal Family.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
We pray together and stay together. Even when someone can't be there, there is always prayer in our home. We pray together when we can. We pray individually. There isn't any raising of voices against each other. There is peace that dwells in our home. Keeping a house of order is a great help in doing this.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith lived in the same town with many of my ancestors; Nauvoo, Illinois. He would ride his horse along the street that my great-great-grandmother lived on as a child, and when she and her little sister would see him coming, they would run out to greet him and he would dismount and talk with them. He was very kind. [My great-great grandmother wrote a poem in his honor in her later years. I have taken the words and written a hymn to it.] I know that he was a prophet of God, that he opened the Last Dispensation of the gospel - the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times, just as other in dispensations of earlier prophets (Enoch, Noah, Moses, Abraham and others). He endured many hardships and much persecution and gave his life that the Gospel of Jesus Christ would go on.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
"The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ" is a compilation of scriptures written beginning in about 600 B.C. and testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ. It was written by way of commandment, handed down from generation to generation and completed in A.D. 421. It is a companion to the Bible - the Old Testament and New Testament with cross-references among all of the Standard Works. It was hidden up in a hill to be found in 1820 by Joseph Smith, the first Prophet of the Latter Days. I read from it each night and my testimony of it becomes stronger and stronger. I have a testimony that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ and that the Book of Mormon is indeed true.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by performing every week with the Tabernacle Choir. I share my testimony through song. Sometimes music can portray the Spirit in a way that nothing else can.