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Hi I'm Suesan

I'm a blogger, a mother and a care-giver. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am one of those people that is hard to define. I don't have favorites, as I like too many different things and my tastes change all the time. I come from a family of 7 siblings, spread out over 28 years and, yes, we're all from the same parents. I am in the middle of the herd. I met my husband at BYU. We were engaged 3 weeks after we met and no one was more surprised by that fact than we were. Twenty-six years later, we're still going strong. We have four children, three boys and a girl, but only the youngest two are still living at home. We have a Beagle named Brutus, and everyone in my family loves him so much that I don't feel the least bit guilty that I could live without him. I love being creative, which could mean anything from remodeling a house to refurbishing furniture to crocheting a purse. I enjoy finding new ways to express myself.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was three years old. I grew up with the gospel, but because we moved a lot, it was harder to live the gospel at times. I knew from an early age that the teachings of the church were true, but I struggled with living in a way that reflected that belief. Early in my 20s I came to the realization that I either needed to stop believing in the gospel of Jesus Christ, or I needed to change the way I was living. I realized that there was no way I could deny the truthfulness of the gospel. I knew that God lives. I knew that Jesus Christ was His son. I had a witness that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, who translated the Book of Mormon and restored the priesthood of God on earth. I knew there was a living prophet on earth today. I could not deny these truths, and so I changed how I was living. It has been a process for me over the years. Every now and again, Heavenly Father has given my opportunities to increase my faith and trust in Him. He has never let me down and my testimony of Him and my belief in the healing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ has changed my heart. 

How I live my faith

I try to live the gospel by being the best person I can be. I believe that Heavenly Father sent me to this earth to achieve very specific things. I pray to know what those things are and how I can best serve Him. I love to help other people and to share the things I've learned with others. In our ward, I create a weekly bulletin to help people stay informed of what's happening in the ward. I try to find joy in the service I'm asked to give and find ways to magnify the calling I've been entrusted with. I strive to read my scriptures, but this is a daily habit that I struggle with. We try to read together as a family and we are also hit and miss there, but when we make time for it, the love and joy of sharing the gospel message as a family helps draw our family closer together.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

I asked this very question in high school when I had three friends die within a month of each other. Losing someone is one of the hardest experiences of life. I have recently lost my nephew to a drunk driver and the pain of being separated from a loved one is very real and very difficult. I know that God has a plan for each of us. As a Latter-day Saint, I believe in a life after this one where we continue to learn and grow and progress. I know that there is more than what we have here on earth and that eases some of the pain. I still miss my loved ones. The pain is still fresh and real. But the knowledge that we can live again and that our families are eternal is a knowledge that eases my pain. Show more Show less