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Hi I'm Susan

I use 4 wheels to "walk" and roll, and my arms are my legs. My body, but not my soul, is disabled. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I sign my name "Wheelchair Woman" and "Glad Grandma", because my paraplegia so obviously characterizes my life, but "Glad Grandma" is who I am. I was in an auto accident 22 years ago (when my daughter was 4), and it has been a learning experience! I love to learn (though there are more pleasant ways and less pleasant ways), and I Iove to teach, and I have opportunities for both. That and the love of those dear to me bring me joy in life.

Why I am a Mormon

Although some of my family lines reach back into the beginnings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the mid-1800s, and I was raised in an actively participating family, I felt it fundamental to examine my own life and beliefs. Just as Jesus Christ gave a test for the truth of His teachings, "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself," a Book of Mormon prophet invited all to experiment upon his words: if they enlighten the understanding, and enlarge the soul, that is the evidence for Faith that Paul spoke of in the New Testament. So I find the teachings of the Church (including the Book of Mormon and present-day Prophet and Apostles--especially the teachings about God's plan and purpose for our being here) enlighten and inspire me. They feed my understanding and my soul. I have considered other teachings, faiths, and traditions from around the world, and none so satisfy me with adequate answers to the great questions of life.

How I live my faith

Once a month I have the opportunity to teach a Sunday class for the women's organization, Relief Society. My lessons are taken from the semi-annual General Conferences of the Church, where church leaders or authorities speak to the membership of the church. While I love listening to every General Conference (available at LDS.org), and re-reading the speeches given at those conferences, every teacher knows how much more one gets out of teaching a topic. As you ponder what's important, organize and summarize, great insights and perspectives open to your mind, as the Holy Spirit helps you to prepare and share what the Lord would have you offer His children. As the Church encourages us to be involved in our communities, to be good neighbors, and to follow the example of the Savior to "go about doing good", I look for opportunities to volunteer and be involved, or to babysit so that my daughter can do so. Although I am not naturally extroverted, over the years and through church service (including having served as a missionary), it has become easier to be outgoing, and I find great joy in learning from the life experiences of others.

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

Mormon women are individuals, with different experiences, perspectives, and personalities. While generally they hold the same values and beliefs, each woman is encouraged to develop her potential, skills, and talents, and to use them in making the world a better place. Though not every woman may marry and have children, all have opportunities to nurture and to influence the lives of others for good, in whatever capacity or calling they may have in life. That is a vital role, and none could be more challenging, yet more fulfilling. Equally, men have opportunities for selfless service, one of which is through offering priesthood blessings and leadership--a kind of reminder to serve and to lead as Jesus Christ did. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe the Bible when it says that Mankind was created in God's image, just as Seth was the "spittin' image" (so to speak) of his father Adam, and Christ is the image of His Father. Understanding that God is our Father, we understand in an imperfect way, His love for us, and we can love Him. We understand something of His Goodness, and our potential for Good. Understanding that He is Just, Merciful, Good, All-knowing, and All-powerful, we can trust Him and have Faith in Him. We can be assured that He is not an egotist, nor merely bored and playing with our lives. We can realize that none of this is an accident, nor a second thought. We know that He knew what would happen, and prepared in advance for everything. We know that all will be righted in the end. We know that His greatest desire is to share all He has with us, if we will just choose to show ourselves worthy to be entrusted with that glory. And that can give us the courage to keep trying to be like Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

In our efforts to be true disciples of Jesus Christ, we find that we always fall short. Yet Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect." How can that be possible? How can God ask of us the impossible? It is only through the Grace offered to us in the atonement of Jesus Christ, our Savior, that our faults, foibles, failings, foolishness, and sins can be erased--thus we become perfected in Him, ennabled to return to the presence of God after this life. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No one is required by the Church to serve a mission, but when I was asked to consider serving a mission, I knew in my heart that after all that God had done for me, I could not refuse to serve Him in any way He asked of me. Show more Show less