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Hi I'm Susan

I'm a native California, USA woman! I love the beach, the mountains, & the valley. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a loving wife & the step-mom to three good children. I love being a wife & mom & am so grateful to live close by to siblings & parents & extended family. I think it's a big party anytime family gets together - for swim meets, b-day parties, baptisms, mission farewells, Boy Scout events, choir concerts - and the list goes on. I have 29 nieces & nephews & have made it a goal to attend all their High School graduations. I had two that 'graduated' early & didn't 'walk' & two I missed due to weddings. Other than that, I've hit the rest with 7 left to go! I'm currently serving as the 1st counselor in the Relief Society (Women's organization) & LOVE my ladies. I have worked for years with the Young Women & for the next few years will be the head cook at their Young Women's Camp during the Summer. They are such a delight & they crack me up. We have a great home - I call it 'the cottage' - when I've had a long hard week & people ask what I'm doing over the weekend, I casually say, "I think I'll hang out at the cottage this weekend". And that's how it feels - a nice relaxing place to hang around. We have a nice spirit here & home is a place I like to be.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because it makes life so much easier! Honestly - when you know clearly what your values & morals are, it makes life better. I don't have to worry & debate what I'm going to do in tricky situations - and frankly, I don't get myself into tricky situations often because I live the Gospel. Granted, I was raised in the church, but my personal conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ didn't come until I was in my early twenties. That was when I really took the time to pray & search the scriptures & find out for myself what I believed. I received a personal witness during that time & my poor little testimony (that had kept me afloat prior to that time) exploded into a full blown solid knowledge of Jesus Christ as my Savior, the truthfulness of the Gospel, the reality of the Book of Mormon, & the love for Joseph Smith, Jr. as a prophet.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in so many different ways - ~"The List" - prayer, scripture study, fasting, attending church meetings, following the prophet, etc. ~My calling - Young Women's President - Sunday lessons, mutual activities, service projects, youth dance chaperone, BYC (Bishop's Youth Council), Ward Council, fund raisers - and the list goes on... ~Being a good wife & step-mom - love, charity, compassion (not to mention dishes, laundry, errands, cooking...) ~Misc stuff - Visiting Teaching, breakfast w/ friends, sharing the Gospel w/ co-workers, neighbors, friends It's pretty much everywhere & everything I do...

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Pres. Thomas S. Monson - he visited my grandparent's home when he was in their town years & years ago while my Grandpa was sick - the details of the story are a special memory for my family. Show more Show less

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

Mormon women rock! We have so much power & responsibility. I always tell my Young Women that we have to wield our power appropriately - that we have great power to do good & be a good influence and we have to do that w/ love & kindness. I don't know of any other organization (business or civil or religious) that provides as many opportunities as the Mormon church. We teach, lead, organize, speak, motivate, help, nurture, & support - just to name a few things. We definitely believe in equality between men & women - it's just that we have differing roles & responsibilities. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

For me one of the biggest blessings our household receives from reading the scriptures is peace! My husband is a member of another Christian denomination, so while I study The Book of Mormon privately, as a couple we read from The Holy Bible. It's amazing (but true :) that on the days we read a chapter together, our day goes better. We may still have problems or challenges, but it seems we are in a better spirit and/or better able to deal with those problems. There is just a more calm and peaceful spirit about us and between us. I cherish that reality. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

On Sundays I wear a cute skirt and blouse or a pretty dress to church. I wear nice shoes and spend more time on my hair and makeup. It's typically the only day during the week that I 'dress up' a little. If I'm going to worship Heavenly Father and renew my covenant to follow Christ, then I feel better when I'm dressed better. Christmas and Easter are the two most important holidays since they center on the birth, death and resurrection of the Savior. But we celebrate other major holidays as well - the 4th of July, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, etc. 'Other' holidays are important, not only because of their individual significance, but because they provide so many opportunities (excuses:) to get together with friends and family and have fun together. Barbecues and picnics and sporting events are all great chances to create lasting memories and bonds with those we love. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

I was raised as a Mormon so learning to be prepared for emergencies was second nature to me. When I bought a home and married I added regularly to our food storage and basic supplies (soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, etc.). We saved money through our 401k plans at work and we tried to live a simple life. Over the years, as I watched the natural disasters throughout the world, I wondered what might happen in our area (flooding or earthquakes being the most likely) and frequently wondered if we would be able to survive on our own for a few months based on what I had stored/saved so far. Then, in 2011, our personal family disaster occurred. Due to numerous eye surgeries that permanently impaired his vision in one eye, my husband lost his job. It would be thirteen months before he was able to find another type of job. During that time we relied heavily on our food storage and savings. The amazing blessing is that we were able to make what we did have stretch to fill our needs. And, more importantly we did not go into debt by one cent! I have a testimony that by following the Prophet's counsel to save money, be self-reliant, and prepare for emergencies, we are able to maintain a happy and fruitful life during the midst and trials and struggles. I feel it a privilege to have experienced that time in our lives. We are now working to replenish our food storage and savings in preparation again for future challenges. Show more Show less