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Hi I'm Susan

I'm a Mormon. Native Californian, very political, joined the church when I was 27.

About Me

I grew up in the rebellious 60's and 70's, and was always the "political one" in the family. Women's lib, anti-war, wanted to join the Peace Corp or live in a kibbutz in Israel. Now I am a mom of three, a wife, a teacher, a school board member, still the "political one"...but the politics changed! Reading, writing, travel, chocolate, and needlecraft are my hobbies. Family, country and church are my passions.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up as a 'casual' Catholic, and loved the few times we would attend church. As an adult, I just knew there had to be a "real church"...a church that represented what Christ's original church must have been like. There was a Reader's Digest article about Mormons that talked about their work ethic, their morals, their focus on family, and how they really lived their religion. I saved that article for years, but never acted on it. Then one day the missionaries knocked on my door...and I told them to come back tomorrow - thinking that was the easiest way to get rid of them! I contemplated being 'out' the next day, but my conscience wouldn't let me. They came, they taught, and although I had no intention of seriously studying their faith..by the third lesson I knew it was true! They showed a film about the scripture that says Stick of Judah and the Stick of Joseph will become one - the Bible and the Book of Mormon. That made sense, like a round peg in a round hole. Eventually I prayed, on my knees for the first time. I needed to know, to really KNOW if God wanted me to join this church. The answer came in a warmth that began at the top of my head and filled me to my toes. And in the big smile that appeared on my face. And in the assurance that came into my heart and mind. God knew me! God answers prayers! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's church on the earth today. I know that to be true. I've lived it. I've tried and tested the Lord's promises, and they all hold true. This knowledge can be yours, too :-)

How I live my faith

Having an eternal perspective, knowing where I came from, why I'm here, and where I'll go after death, influences how I live my day-to-day life. Knowing that I will have to give an accounting to Jesus Christ of my choices and behaviors in life makes me think twice about doing things I know to be wrong, and about not doing what I can do to help other and my community. Being a Latter-day Saint gives myriad opportunities to serve and to learn. Whether I am teaching the adults or children, visiting my church sisters once a month to check on their welfare, acting as president of our women's auxiliary (called the Relief Society - the oldest women's organizaton in the world), or organizing activities for our teenagers...there is always a chance to grow and deepen my knowledge of scriptures, doctrine, and applying God's love in daily life. I serve on our school district's Governing Board, after teaching in our district for 11 years. Because I know that this country was founded by divinely inspired men, I'm active in state and national politics as a way to safeguard the Constitution and the liberties we enjoy. Best of all, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has shown me how to be a better wife and mother, and a more complete woman. The women in the church are as different as any diverse, complex group of women anywhere in the world...because LDS women are all over the world! We rejoice in the things that draw us together - a love of God, a desire to become like Him, and a passion for living a Christian life. We enjoy learning about the things that make us different - culture, region, ethnicity, talents. And we are always, always, there to lend a helping hand and loving heart.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Susan
If you call to have the missionaries come by your home, you can ask them to have a regular church member, who lives near you, contact you. Feel free to ask any questions at all - we love to talk about the church! Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Susan
Knowing something by faith and by experience. Having tried the law of tithing, I know that there are blessings given for obedience to that law. Having prayed and received personal answers, I know that God lives and He knows me and loves me. Having read the scriptures and put their counsel into practice, I know that the scriptures are true. Having listened to a modern prophet, and prayed about his counsel, and followed that counsel, I know that God does continue to call prophets in our day. These are some of the things for which I have a personal testimony. Show more Show less