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Hi I'm Sue

I grew up in Indiana. I'm the mother of ten children. I'm an author. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a twin, and a convert to the LDS faith. My sister and I became members when we were sixteen. I met my sweetheart at the University and we planned a June wedding prior to our senior year. A few days before we were to be married, my sweetheart received his draft notice. Unwilling to be separated after he graduated from boot camp, I withdrew from my student teaching to be with my husband. We enjoyed eight months together before he received orders for Vietnam. We have been blessed with ten wonderful children, and when our youngest child entered school, I returned to the University to finally acquire my Teaching Certification. Rather than teaching in the public schools, we began our own business and continue to operate our licensed daycare facility. I am a published author. The series of books I am writing are short novels addressing social and behavioral issues.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 15, I went to an interdenominational youth conference at Moody Institute in Chicago. I heard an evangelist share his mission experiences and give an alter call to give our hearts to God. Although I didn’t go forward, I made some promises to my Heavenly Father that night. After studying the scriptures and deciding that I wanted to follow Christ's example to be baptized, I discussed my desire with our pastor. He informed me that the Quaker Friends do not believe in baptism. When I persisted in stating my belief that I should be baptized, he enlightened me to the fact that he did 'not have the authority to baptize' me. This revelation prepared me to accept the teachings the LDS missionaries shared with me about priesthood authority. A friend of mine met an incredible young man at the same conference. She reported to me that he had such an amazing understanding of the scriptures and was so articulate as he participated in the group discussions. As she was in the car, about to leave for home, she saw him and motioned for him to come closer. She asked him, “I never learned your name. What is it?” As the car pulled away, he called out to her, “I’m not going to tell you. Look up Hebrews 13:2” When my friend related it to me, she asked; “It says, ‘Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.’ Do you think there really could be angels on the earth today?” I pondered her question and came to the conclusion that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, so of course there still could be angels. I was being prepared to accept the Joseph Smith story… that an angel appeared and spoke to him. I was being prepared to embrace the teachings of latter day prophets and continuing revelation. I love the peace and comfort I receive from my knowledge that I am a spiritual daughter of a loving personal Heavenly Father who knows and loves me.

How I live my faith

For the past ten years, I produced a ward newsletter, and now my focus is assisting my friends and neighbors acquire information and supplies for their emergency preparedness. As a mother of ten children, I have felt my highest calling is to teach my children and prepare them to be good citizens. For years, I kept a quote posted on the wall in various locations where each member of the family would be likely to have time to read and ponder the remarks of President Hinckly... "We are free to choose the attitude we have toward circumstances that arise and toward others who affect our lives. We can learn to control how we react, think, and feel. I am asking that we stop seking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I am suggesting that as we go through life, we 'accentuate the positive.' I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort." I strive to follow that advise as I look for the silver lining in every circumstance, avoid being judgmental and look to the future with hope and a positive attitude.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

We have been counseled to show respect for our bodies by using wisdom in all things. This means we should learn about the laws of health, and practice them. Not only should we avoid toxic substances which we know are addictive, but we should eat in moderation, we also should strive to get enough rest and exercise. We have been taught our bodies are temples and we should treat them with reverence and respect. As we strive to be pure and wholesome inside and out, as well as in deed and thought, the spirit will dwell within us. Show more Show less