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Hi I'm Suellen

I am a decathlete. I am an Olympian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

OK, so I don't really run and jump and throw things, and I haven't actually competed in Athens or Atlanta, but as a mother of 10, I consider myself a serious contender in the decathlon of life. I like to consider myself an Olympian because I believe in the motto: "Citius. Altius. Fortius." Faster. Higher. Stronger. I'm especially impressed that it doesn't say "fastest, highest, strongest," as though one can reach a pinnacle and go no further. I am not the fastest, strongest, or best at anything, but I can get better; I can keep pressing forward; I can never give up or quit trying. The Old Testament Preacher reminds us that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, and it is the Savior Himself who assures us that those who will be saved and inherit eternal life are those who endure to the end. I love the holy scriptures because - among other things - they are a collection of positive and powerful life lessons. I can relate to the widow who cast her two mites into the treasury: she didn't contribute much, but it was all she had. I connect with the first son in the parable who at first refused to work in his father's vineyard but later repented and went. I rejoice with the laborers in another vineyard who came late in the day but were still paid a full wage. Like them, I may not have a lot to contribute; I may have made unwise choices; I may not be the first or the finest; but if I give and do and be the best I can, I am a winner!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the church most like the one I see Jesus administering in the New Testament. He "went about doing good," and so do the Mormons. I know many other churches do the same, but there is at least one major difference: The Church of Jesus Christ is the custodian of the saving and exalting ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the priesthood power and authority to administer them. No other church I know of offers these supernal blessings, not only to their own members, but to all of our Heavenly Father's children, even those who lived and died without having the opportunities we cherish. I love all the doctrines and teachings of the Mormon Church, but none more than the provision it makes for everyone to be saved--and not only saved, but exalted! I know of no other church that even claims to have apostles and prophets, as the LDS Church has. God loves His children and wants to speak to them and bless them today as He did in ancient times. This evidence of that love rings true to my soul.

How I live my faith

We are so blessed to have the scriptures, a written record of God's dealings with His children and His commandments and expectations. By prayerful study, I can discern patterns of attitude and conduct that are pleasing to Him, and then it is my blessing and opportunity to make these patterns for my own life. One of these true principles of the gospel is service.  I am grateful for the opportunities my Church membership gives me to serve and share, give and grow. I loved serving as a Cub Scout leader when my own six boys were young, but I'm having just as much fun now, serving the sons of other mothers. I love having an assigned list of women to visit; even if they start out strangers, they are soon sisters and friends. I have many more interests than talents, and I feel so blessed to be able to share both; I don't need to be an expert or "accomplished" in any area in order to contribute. As an individual with many imperfections and shortcomings, I am thankful for the principles of repentance and forgiveness. I am in constant need of both, and I can live my faith by extending them to others as well.