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Hi I'm Susan

I have art shows in my apartment, I shop at the farmer's market, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love bees! I started cooking with honey when I was in college and experimented on my family while they grew up. Two years ago I was the grand champion at our midwestern state fair with honey sweetened food. I also love learning about bees and watching them at work. They are an amazing species. One of the reason's bees are amazing is because they are "eusocial". This means that they work together for something other than themselves - for their offspring. In a way, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the same way. When we think of others, and work hard for their well being they will benefit. The suprise blessing is that we benefit too. We become strong, wise, compassionate, and are more capable of developing all of our talents. Essentially, we are happy. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of joy and love. I am grateful to be a member of this church!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young woman, I had many questions about God and religion. My inquiries left me feeling guarded and more confused. One time I was visiting my Great Grandmother shortly before she passed away. In that visit she asked me to pray for her. I promised I would. Afterwards I felt deeply troubled that I didn't know how to fulfill the obligation. That night, after a storm, I sat by the ocean pondering my situation. As I looked at the beautiful scene I was overcome by a sensation of magnificent love. I knew it was God's love. I was surprised by how much love I felt, both for God and from Him. At that moment I knew I would find the right way. A number of years later, I was searching for a church. I felt good at all the churches I went to. I still however felt I needed to search. When I was 30 years old I met some missionaries who were in my neighborhood. I invited them to come to my home and meet with my husband and I. When they arrived I was excited to talk about the Savior but nervous about what they might have to say. When they started teaching us, I felt a warm and familiar feeling come over me. After they left I got on my knees and prayed about the things I'd heard. Again I felt the power of God's love and I knew I was in the right place. I haven't looked back since.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus is most important to me when it comes to family. Each day I prepare by studying the scriptures and offering a prayer. When my children were at home we also did this as a family. When ever a big project comes up or any type of problem, our family talked about ways to move forward together. We set goals together, we laughed together and worked together. We have helped one another and appreciated each other. We still do this now that everyone has moved away. I think this is how I live my faith - to focus on family first then to direct our strengths outward to others. I spend more time serving in my community than I have been able to do before. I volunteer at the art museum and at the local hobby beekeepers association. I have always loved serving in the church as well. Currently I am the assistant nursery leader. I teach and play with 3 year olds every Sunday. I love feeling their love and enthusiasm for life. I am also a visiting teacher and have several people who have become my friends as I regularly meet with them to assist with any needs they may have and to share a gospel lesson. These opportunities make my life rich and fulfilling.

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

Occasionally I hear questions or comments about inequality between men and women. This couldn't be further from the truth. Mormon men and women work TOGETHER. They each have strengths and try to use those strengths the best they can. Men and women are the sweetest compliment to each other when they work to appreciate and serve one another. Mormons are eager to serve from the heart. In any capacity or title in the church or family, it comes from the heart of both men and women. Show more Show less