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Hi I'm Susan Mancilla

I grew up in CA. Now I'm a Georgian married to an Argentine. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been many things throughout my life ie. daughter, sister, wife, mother, ex-wife, wife again, mother again, student, college graduate, Spanish teacher, homemaker, missionary, piano teacher, cafeteria worker, elementary school teacher, foreign student, Montessori teacher, business owner, scouter, Sunday school teacher, etc. etc. etc.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and many of my ancestors are Mormons, but that is not why I am Mormon. I am a Mormon because the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are true. I have come to know my Savior and His love for me through the teachings of His church. I love Him, and I want to follow Him. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through the service I give to others. I play the organ for the Spanish congregation that meets at our church. I do this voluntarily, without pay, as all members volunteer similarly. We do it because of our love for the Savior and our brothers and sisters fellow human beings. I teach a Sunday school class of ll year old children. I love these children. If some do not come, I call them and tell them how much I miss them. I know this is a hard time to grow up. There are many temptations for the youth out there. I want them to know someone cares about them. Someone is rooting for them. I also visit some of the women in the congregation on a monthly basis. I leave a spiritual thought to brighten their day, and I make sure everything is okay for them. If they are in need, I try to help out. Every week day morning our family gets up at 530 am, and we read out of the scriptures and have family prayer. Every night, we end the day with family prayer as well. Believe it or not, my teenage boys do not complain. As a matter of fact, once when we let this custom slip, they told us that we should start doing it again. They said that family scripture study helps them. I also strive to have a meal on the table every night so my family can eat together. Eating with and sharing experiences with teenagers can make a difference in their lives. When I taught high school, I was surprised to see that very few of my students ate dinner with their families in the evenings. They asked me if my family did so. . . "just like in the movies." I thought that was a sad questions. It is not just something that happens in the movies. Families can share unifying experiences like meals, outings, Bible studies, prayer, and weekly family meetings together. These things make us stronger.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Susan Mancilla
A testimony is a spiritual witness that something is true. In college I took a class which spoke of epistemologies. I began to understand that different people accept different things as evidence of truth. As Mormons, we believe that God reveals truth to each individual person through spiritual means. This could be an enlightening of the mind, or a feeling in the heart that is almost indescribable. It takes faith to believe that those feelings are actually God speaking to me. When I put my trust in it, though, I am never sorry. It always leads me in the right path, towards Jesus Christ. Show more Show less