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Hi I'm Susan.

I'm a wife, a mom, a gramma, a published author, a retired university professor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents were both school teachers. For as long as I can remember I've loved reading and writing. My goal was to become a published novelist and I've done that. With fourteen novels available and more in the works, I'm thrilled to be writing, publishing, and connecting with readers. I'm an animal lover with a affinity for many creatures, not just pets, and I enjoy making my own jams and jellies, quilting and jewelry design. My family is my greatest treasure. My husband and I have been married for 47 years. We have seven children 25 grandchildren. We adore them all!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the church and have ancestors who go back to the beginnings of the restored Church of Jesus Christ, I had to find my own way and gain my own testimony, as we all must. Just as each of us has a mind and a body, either of which can atrophy if left unused, we also have a spirit. In the same way we have to exercise mind and body and learn to use them effectively, we must also exercise our spirits and learn how to receive inspiration and personal revelation--available to any child of God who seeks it. Spiritual knowledge, which is just as real as any other kind, has confirmed to me over and over again that God lives, Jesus is the Christ, and His true, revealed doctrine can be found in its fullness in teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

My family is fully active in the church. We live our faith in everyday choices of what we eat and drink or choose not to eat and drink, what we wear, what we say, what music we listen to, what movies we watch, what we do for recreation, pretty much every part of our lives. For us most of these are choices we make once; for example I choose to wear clothing with sleeves, and then never have to think about it again. I simply don't consider sleeveless clothes. Most of my church responsibilities have been connected with teaching and serving the adult women of the church and mobilizing their energy to work in local community service groups. I have served in the women's Relief Society organization at the ward and stake levels (like a parish and diocese) and have a group of three women whom I visit in their homes every month who have become some of my dearest friends. My husband and I have served together as ordinance workers in the temple in Sacramento, California, and as group leaders for the local Addiction Recovery Program. We have now been called to serve as full-time missionaries, taking a specialized version of church's Addiction Recovery Program to the Navajo and Hopi Nations. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Susan.
I've been so impressed with the way the church has come forward to help during emergencies, both locally and internationally. When a disaster like Hurricane Katrina happens, local groups all over the world are invited to turn in extra funds to help, and members nearest the disaster participate in work crews. During the Katrina aftermath, those of us in California were too far away to be directly involved, but two of my sons and their families, living in Georgia, spent one or two Saturdays a month for many months organizing kitchen supplies or bathroom kits for relocated families, helping refugees brought to their area to find jobs, and reaching out in a variety of ways. During the Haitian earthquake aftermath, members in our area who had special expertise in health care and disaster clean-up rotated through with others from around the country, taking turns to help survivors get back on their feet. Local members meet together frequently, some groups monthly and others on a quarterly basis, to prepare emergency kits that can be kept on hand at church headquarters until they are needed. Recently our women's group stocked a local hospital's maternity unit with handmade infant knit caps, nursing covers, receiving blankets and baby clothes. We are trying to reach out to those in need wherever the needs arise. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Susan.
For starters, they'll talk about you. They'll ask about your personal belief, your own "faith journey," and what you may already know and feel about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They will share with you a message about the Savior Jesus Christ, about His infinite atoning sacrifice that benefits all humankind, His role in our Heavenly Father's great plan of happiness, and the restoration of His gospel in our day. They will invite you to pray with them and to investigate additional materials and resources they will share and they will offer you ways to enrich your spiritual life. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Susan.
Missionary service is not required, but it is a strong tradition of the faith and has been since the Savior told His followers, "Go ye into all the world and teach the Gospel." While missionary service is strongly encouraged, it is never demanded. In our family, we have both examples. My father-in-law served a French-speaking mission, but my father, caught in a world war, went into the military instead and did not serve a full-time mission until he went with my mother as a senior couple. My husband, similarly, did not serve because of restrictions placed by his local draft board during the Vietnam War, yet he and I are beginning our service as a senior couple soon. Four of our six sons served (in Australia, Korea, Venezuela, and Texas), but the other two made different choices. All are fully active in church callings and have served in leadership roles. Our daughter prayerfully considered missionary service, but chose differently. She also serves as a leader in her area. While full-time missions are an important part of spreading the Gospel message, there is a famous quote from David O. McKay, a former church president and prophet, "Every member a missionary." The truths of our Heavenly Father's plan for us and our Savior's atoning sacrifice are best shared by everyone who has received them. Luke 22:32, "...when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." Show more Show less