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Hi I'm Susan

I used to be a Catholic but converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over 30 years ago.

About Me

I have had the opportunity to be a mom, a stepmom and now I'm a new grandma with grandbaby #3 coming in a couple months. I am the oldest of six children, so I feel right at home with a lot of family and I love my family very much! My husband and I enjoy bicycling, motorcycling, hiking, traveling, and meeting new people. I also enjoy good movies!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was growing up near Chicago, I attended a parochial school and my entire extended family was Catholic. I was a somewhat mischievous child, but I loved being taught by the nuns and I received a great education. As a small child my mother said I asked a lot of questions about God that she could not answer and told me "ask Daddy when he comes home". Then when I attended school, the nuns could not answer my questions very well and I often heard "that is a mystery, my child". As I became a young adult, I lost interest in church because there were so many unanswered questions. One day in Boise, Idaho I met some girls who knew some young men who were very clean cut looking. They wore name tags and I learned they both had the first name of "Elder". :D They were missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The only thing I knew about Mormons I learned in 4th grade, that they crossed the plains and helped settle the West. They started to tell me crazy stories about a young boy who saw God and Jesus when he was 14. I thought they were nice boys, but that was pretty far-fetched. I continued to listen to their teachings for a couple months, but was very skeptical of this new information that I had never heard before. One day I did as they had asked me to do and I read The Book of Mormon - cover to cover in about 24 hours. I did nothing else but read. I stopped every couple of pages and asked Heavenly Father if this was truly ancient writings that he had protected for us and was it his holy word. I realized as I read that there was no way in this earth that one man could have written the great and wondrous things that were recorded in The Book of Mormon. In fact, you couldn't get that stuff from a committee of scholars, I was sure of it. Plus as I read, I could clearly see the writing styles change, indicating there were different authors of these ancient writings. And I knew that it is what it claims to be. It is another account of Jesus Christ teaching his children upon the earth - his other children that we had not heard about before. This book did not go through Europe and the Middle East as most everything else we had. I felt the power of God through His words of His prophets. I knew that the Holy Spirit was helping me feel this and be sensitive to what God had done for me in guiding the old prophets and preserving this work. He did this for me. And for you. Then the rest was a logical process. If The Book of Mormon is true, then everything else falls into place like a perfect puzzle. Many of my questions have been answered and continue to be answered as I learn more through prayer and studying the word of the Lord, both The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon. I wish that you would take the time to read The Book of Mormon - in your native language if possible. This book was preserved and brought back today so that you and I and each one of us could learn more about our Savior, Jesus Christ. If you love Jesus, you will love love love this book! My favorite chapters are these: In The Holy Bible, John 17 and in The Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 17. This is where it is recorded that Jesus prayed to the Father in our behalf. He loves us.

How I live my faith

Currently I work with the children in our church, ages 18 months to 11 years old. We have over 100 children in our church. Luckily, I have the privilege to work with other fine adults who are willing to help out! I also visit a couple of the ladies in our church to see how they are doing and find out if there is anything they need. My husband and I also help people learn English.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Susan
A cult is a group that is exclusive and tries to keep among themselves. The church invites people to come in, so it is exactly the opposite of a cult. The invitation is open to everyone in the world to come to Christ and take a look at his Church. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Susan
To increase our faith in Jesus Christ, first we must learn who He is. We can learn about His personality and leadership skills by studying The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon. The real relationship with Our Savior, though, begins by talking with Him in prayer. I had a friend who prayed with his eyes closed and thoroughly felt that Jesus was sitting right there with him. He even expected to see Jesus when he opened is eyes. When he opened his eyes, he did not see Jesus and was disappointed. What my friend felt was the Lord's Holy Spirit who can be there when Jesus cannot. It is so hard to have faith in something you cannot see. But, if we learn to recognize the Lord's Holy Spirit, then we will know the difference of when God is with us and when we are on our own. However, keeping in mind that we never need to be alone. If we ask, He will be there with us. If you want to, you can ask Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ to give you the gift of faith. This will help a lot! Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Susan
The ministers in the Lord's church do not receive payment. The leaders in the Church dedicate a lot of time making sure the members of their congregation are fine and growing spiritually. They do it because of the love they have in their hearts for the people they are responsible for. In order to make a living, they have regular jobs just like everyone else. Also, those missionaries you see out there wearing nametags are paying their own way. In cases where that is not possible, others in their congregation pitch in so they can go out and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They also do this for the love they have for their brothers and sisters throughout the world. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Susan
First and foremost, being a convert, may I tell you how those in charge handle the tithing? When I pay my tithing on Sunday, I always get a warm handshake and a sincere thank you. Nothing showy, just thank you. I have had the opportunity to work alongside the people who administer and decide how to administer the funds. They consider them "sacred funds" and carefully pray and in some cases, fast and pray, to know the Lord's preference on how to use them. The tithing funds are always used to improve the lives of people. They could benefit members of the church or they may be used to benefit others who are not members of this faith. They are used very prudently with a sense of deep obligation to protecting the Lord's funds. It is very remarkable that people can have this amount of integrity, and I have seen it over and over again amongst the members of this church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Susan
Because of Jesus Christ and the atonement He made on our behalf, we have the opportunity to live beyond the grave. When our bodies die, we will be resurrected because of the sacrifice that Jesus made for each and every one of us. Based on our own preferences and choices we make, we can live forever. Show more Show less