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Hi I'm Sue

I make purses from cowboy boots. I'm a mom. I have miniature horses and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of 5! I have a son in Iraq serving as a medical officer. My husband and I are the owners of 2 businesses. We make products for dogs, like collars, training harnesses and safety products. I also make purses from old cowboy boots and have made purses for Taylor Swift, Marie Osmond, Martina McBride and Reba. I love taking something old and creating something new and fresh. I love it when my kids come home and work in the shop with me creating new products or gifts for family. I love camping, riding motorcycles, spending time with my husband playing games and traveling. Together we love looking for opportunities to help someone in need.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 20 years old I was camping in the Mount Hood National Forest. There was a lightening storm. The sound was so loud, the ground shaking and trees cracking, I thought we were going to die. I was so scared of dying I was shaking. My husband said, "there's nothing to be afraid of! You need to hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ!" He was an inactive member. We listened to the missionaries explain the mission of Jesus Christ, who He was and how He is watching over us always. When I heard this my heart leap with joy and i felt the witness to my soul that this was true. It felt so familiar, and true. I was taught about how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is organized exactly the same way as when Jesus Christ organized His church with a prophet, the apostles and the principals of loving one another, forgiveness, repentance, grace and mercy. I was baptized in May of 1983.

How I live my faith

Faith is what you do. It is why we make every decision the way we do. One way I show my faith and love for the Savior is at Christmas time. I open my barn to the community. We have donkeys, goats, sheep, miniature horses, chickens and our specialty, the camel llama! (We put a "hump" on our llama and cover the hump with fur. He looks like a little camel with lots of attitude!) I arrange for singers to come and I write a program with narration about the Savior's birth. The lights are dimmed, there are candles and with the gentle baa-baa of the sheep we hear the narrator tell the story of Joseph, Mary and of that great night in Bethlehem. We hear the song of the 3 wise men with their camel/llama. The shepherds with their sheep and the glorious ressurrection of Jesus Christ. It's been my great joy to help others feel of the Christmas Spirit for nearly 20 years through this production. My life has been greatly blessed from the time and efforts of many.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

The Bible is a witness of Jesus Christ. Of prophecies of his coming. Of the organization of the world. Of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, His miracles, His teachings and His love for each of us. It shows how and why God loves us. You can learn about the creation of the world and everything in it. You can learn about why we are here and where we go after this life. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Everyone has a testimony. A testimony is how you feel about something. Like a testimony of food my be, "I know I love watermellon. I love the way is smells, looks and most of all tastes. I know it makes me healthy." Likewise my testimony of Jesus Christ is "I know that Jesus Christ lives. He has set an example of love for me to follow. He has preformed miracles. I know Jesus will return to the earth again. I know someday I will see my Savior" Show more Show less