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Hi I'm Susie

I work for a non-profit that supports orphans in Latin America and the Caribbean. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, and a mom to a beautiful daughter, 3 sons who are affectionately known as the "Huncles" and now a new Grammie! Lots of changes are going on in my little family, from reaching the Big 5-0 this year, having a faithful and hard-working husband who has recently been laid off, soon facing the empty nest with our youngest in the last year of high school, and recently saying goodbye for 2 years to our middle son while he serves a 2-year mission for our church. I'm employed as an administrative assistant for a non-profit that supports children in Latin America and the Caribbean. I like working for an organization that makes the world a better place. Last but not least, about 6 weeks into a 4-month recovery from being struck by a car in a crosswalk. Thankful for the knowledge that Heavenly Father has always, always watched over all of us, and is there for us through the good times and the more challenging times too.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in California in the 60's and 70's, right across the street from an active LDS family. Many Wednesday afternoons, I tagged along to Primary with them from time to time. The first time I really remember hearing about Joseph Smith was as a 15 year old in a Mia Maid class. I don't remember what exactly was taught, but I remember a beautiful Polynesian woman sharing from her heart how she felt and that she cried and I was touched. I remember about the same time learning about the concept of the Trinity - that God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost were all the same being in the church that my family attended. I remember being shocked at the thought of this. This had never occured to me as I had always thought of God as my Father and Jesus as His Son, just as it always said in the Bible. This troubled me. At age 19, I went to a Genealogy Fair at a Mormon Church a block down the street from my grandparents. The missionaries asked to teach me about the gospel and I agreed. I remember when they told me about the Father, Son and Holy Ghost being separate and distinct beings. I thought to myself, "I knew it!" Even though I was enjoying the lessons, peer pressure won over and I was talked out of continuing by a good friend and my grandparents. Later at age 21 I met my future husband at work. He was a Mormon, but not attending church at the time. We fell in love, got married in the same church building as my parents did. Before long, we had our baby girl and I felt very strongly that we needed to start attending church as a family for our little girl. We talked a lot about where we would go... he never felt quite right about any of my suggestions. One day I said "Fine, then why don't we just try going to your church!" He was nervous but agreed to give it a go. That was over 25 years ago, and we've never regretted walking into that little chapel in Arizona. I know the Lord was preparing me my whole life by putting wonderful Latter-Day Saint people in my path. Nobody ever pushed or prodded me... they just lived by example and they had something I couldn't pinpoint at the time, but I knew that someday I wanted the same kind of family that they had. Over time I learned to have a more personal relationship with my Savior and learned of His atonement and the role it plays in his personal knowledge of me - I have a testimony that He and my Father love me more than I love my very own children - that in itself continues to amaze me. I know that this is where Heavenly Father wants me to learn and grow and serve and worship. I am very happily, a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I welcome 3 teenagers into my home at 5:50 am, Monday through Friday during the school year. We participate together in a program called "Seminary" which is a daily in-depth study of the scriptures. We have milk and cereal together each morning while learning together. Sometimes we play games to make learning more fun. We always start with a song, a prayer and a devotional before we start our day. I won't fib and say it isn't a lot of work to prepare a daily lesson, but WOW, have I sure grown personally and developed a closer relationship with my Savior and my Heavenly Father. One of my students is my youngest son, and I enjoy having this experience right along with him.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

I can only speak for myself as a convert - I was challenged to pray about it sincerely. I think that you really have to WANT to know if it's true or not. I wanted to know. I followed the counsel of the missionaries to get on my knees and ask God. I was promised that He would answer my prayer. I didn't know how that would happen, but I trusted what they told me. I think God speaks to each of us individually in a way we can hear or understand Him. That is what happened to me. When I rose from my prayer, I had an undeniable, absolutely spiritual "crossroads" that I had reached. There was no turning back from that moment. And 25 years later I remember that moment as if it were 20 minutes ago. It was a life changing and wonderful experience. I know God hears my prayers! Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think sometimes people make up their mind about something based on information given them by someone they trust, or comments or opinions made by someone close to them. If someone close to you thinks negatively of something, it is easy to be swayed by that. It's hard to go against the grain and find something out for yourself. I myself had a lot of questions about my church before I joined it because someone close to me gave me a book that didn't put the church in a very good light at all. Something inside me kept wanting questions answered, and I felt compelled to find out for myself and not just make my decision based on someone else's opinion of things. So that's what I did. I've never regretted that decision. Show more Show less