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Hi I'm Susan

I'm a student, a humanitarian, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student studying Foreign Affairs. I love to sing, and find that developing that talent has brought me, my family and friends much happiness. I love to meet new people and try new things and I love sharing my testimony of this gospel because I want others to feel the peace that comes from living it's principles.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents have been members of the Church my whole life and their righteous examples have helped me decide the kind of person I want to be. I love the teachings of our Savior and as I have met, served, lived and worshiped with others who strive to live those teachings, my testimony of this gospel and it's purpose has continued to grow. I know of no other way to find true, lasting peace and happiness than to follow the Savior and to make and keep sacred covenants that will lead me to His presence once more.

How I live my faith

I am currently in my third year of university studies, and am part of a ward for single students. Right now I enjoy serving as the ward music chairperson, prayerfully choosing the hymns we sing in our meetings each week and coordinating reverent musical numbers that will uplift all those in attendance at the meeting. When I am not at school, I attend a similar congregation in my home stake. In both areas I have the opportunity to serve as a Visiting Teacher by visiting a few of the women in our ward who I have been prayerfully assigned to teach and befriend. I love doing these things for the people around me because it gives me a chance to share my testimony of the gospel through my actions, and learn to love all of God's children as He does.  As I learn and expand my horizons through my studies, I continually marvel at how much my faith can help me be a productive member of society and give me opportunities to make a positive contribution to my community, country and the world.

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Susan
The Mormon Church began because one 14-year-old boy had the courage and faith to kneel in private prayer and ask God to direct him to His true church on the earth. That 14-year-old boy was Joseph Smith Jr., a simple but honest farm-boy living in upstate New York. In response to that sincere prayer, God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph and taught him that the true church was no longer on the earth and that he would be an essential part of the restoration of that church when the time came. Soon after this, Joseph received yearly visits from the angel Moroni as he grew to adulthood, where Moroni taught Joseph the correct doctrines contained in the gospel of Christ and of the existence of an ancient record that needed to be translated as part of the great restoration of the Gospel on the earth. Joseph was called by God to retrieve and translate that ancient record and publish it with the title "The Book of Mormon." Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Susan
Of course not! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives help to all those in need. The "Mormon Helping Hands" organization offers assistance and response to natural disaster and local catastrophes to every member of the communities impacted by these problems. The LDS Church also works with other humanitarian institutions and churches around the world to help distribute hygiene kits, school supplies and other materials needed to improve their chances for survival, growth and improvement in their quality of life. In addition to the official humanitarian programs sponsored by the LDS church, individual members can offer service on their own time, and sometimes as their job. Since I was a child, I have enjoyed spending time serving with my family in local retirement and nursing homes, talking with and listening to these seasoned people who have experienced so much and are often forgotten. As a young adult, many of my friends and I enjoy volunteering at our community homeless shelter throughout the year and participating in numerous community projects. No matter what these people may believe, everyone needs to be helped and loved; Jesus Christ is our supreme example and He served every person whom He encountered in His ministry, regardless of whether they were Jews or not, regardless of whether or not they lived according to His teachings. He loves all children of God around the world, and teaches us to do the same. Show more Show less