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Hi I'm Suzy!

I'm a member of the LDS Church and I believe in Jesus Christ.

About Me

I live in a rural area of New York State. I've been married for a little over 10 years to a wonderful man who is not a member of the LDS Church. I work full-time, am a college graduate, and love to learn new things. My hobbies include a lot of arts and crafts and volunteering for a non-profit educational organization that studies Medieval life and culture.

Why I am a Mormon

Whenever things get really rough, and I wonder if it's worth it to stay a member of this Church and to live what I believe, I think of John 6:66-69: "From that time many of Jesus' disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."// I am a Mormon because I believe in Christ. I believe that He lives, that He is real, and being a member of His Church brings me closer to Him.// I am a Mormon because I know that the words of eternal life and hope are found here. This Church is Christ's church. This Church is where the truth is found. There is no substitute, no other place, that I can go to get the spiritual food I have found in this gospel. So I stay.

How I live my faith

I serve in my local branch of the Church by organizing meetings for the women where we discuss topics like grief, or meet together to learn new things like how to knit. In the past, I have taught children's Sunday School classes, helped organize activities for young women, run the meetinghouse library, and taught adult Sunday School classes. Most of my church service has been in teaching classes because it's something that I really love to do.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Suzy!
Why people think we're a cult:// 1) Conformism: Cults try to squish everyone into one mold, whether they fit or not. Personally I think most Mormons have a great balance between unity (choosing to walk the same path of faith) and individuality (check out more Mormon profiles to see how different and unique we each are). Our Church does have lots of guidelines for how we should live - including recommendations about our diets and dress standards. You should use your intellect and your heart when deciding what is right for you.// 2) Charismatic Leaders: We have some amazing leaders who are eloquent speakers. But I don't follow their lead because I've been brainwashed or just because they look good on TV. I follow because I can feel in my heart it's right. You should only follow the counsel of our leaders if you have that same warm, positive feeling when you hear them speak. That feeling is the Holy Ghost testifying to you of truth.// 3) Individual Zeal: Mormons are pretty intense people. They can get passionate and overbearing about their beliefs. That's not how Christ acted when he was teaching people - he presented them with a choice and left the decision to follow (or not) up to them. And he was never offended by the choices they made. Mormons are a little slow to catch on to that idea because they are too busy being excited about sharing their happiness with everyone else. Show more Show less

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

Suzy!
Mormon women aren't that different from other women. Our Church puts a lot of emphasis on inner beauty - our leaders understand that as women we are bombarded with images from the media that portray women in unrealistic ways. While our sexuality as women is an important part of who we are, we want to be respected by others for more than just our physical beauty. // Mormons believe in equality as men and women, but we also believe in the importance of gender identity. We feel that men and women should walk together as equals, side by side and hand in hand. But we also believe that men and women are different, and can compliment each other because of those differences. Men are primarily responsible for leading and guiding their family and providing for them as best they can. Women are primarily responsible for nurturing. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Suzy!
Have you ever done a web search for the phrase "modest clothing"? I discovered that the wide array of clothing I found shows the beautiful diversity of beliefs in our world. Mormons have their own ideas about what "modest clothing" is. The common thread between our beliefs and others is that modesty is a way to show respect to God, respect to others, and most importantly respect for our own bodies. // The same is true of chastity - both modesty and chastity are physical behaviors that reflect our attitudes about God and about our own bodies. I believe that my body is something sacred that should only be shared privately with my husband. I dress modestly and do not have any sexual relations with anyone other than my husband to demonstrate my beliefs. // Children who are confident and comfortable with who they are will be more likely to show respect for themselves and others. They can gain this self-esteem by growing up in an environment full of love and respect. Since modesty and chastity are reflections of inner attitudes about love and respect, they cannot be forced or dictated, but must be carefully fostered and nurtured. Show more Show less