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Hi I'm Susan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest child of seven kids. My parents met at BYU in Utah. I was baptized at age 8, so basically I've been a Mormon all my life. I was married at age 18 in the Jordan River Temple. My husband-to-be had just returned from his mission to St. Petersburg, Russia and to a high-school girl he was my knight in shining armor. I finished cosmetology school after high school, attended a semester of college while working, and then at age 20 began my mothering career. Now I'm the mother of 6 kids- including 2 set of twins. When my youngest set of twins entered kindergarten, I went back to college full-time to become a teacher. I always wanted to go back to school, but my children came so fast that I felt I just needed to focus on being a full-time Mom while they were little. I had to be patient until the time was right. Before I went back to college I worked in a salon a little, studied natural healing and health, and did young Mom things like go to play groups. Now I hang out with college kids and do homework, while I try to manage a household, run kids around, teach my children, and support my husband! When I have any free time I like to play the piano, get together with friends and family, go to plays, play softball, tennis, and volleyball, go camping, and do yard work. I sound so average, but maybe someone else average out there will relate!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a very active LDS family. There was no debate about whether to go to church or not, we always went- even on vacation. We always paid our tithing, and we never purchased anything on Sunday if we could help it. When I was about 14, I remember asking my Mom how she knew that this was the right church to belong to. She said she just knew. I trusted my Mom, so I went with it. As time went on, I was blessed with spiritual promptings from the Holy Ghost, confirming things I had learned in church. Over time, I have come to really understand that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that only through him can we return back to the presence of the Father. It is impossible for me to be perfect, so I am so grateful that I know that I can repent! I was baptized and then confirmed when I was 8 years old. It was then that I was given the gift of the Holy Ghost to help me at all times. I have relied on these prompting from the Holy Ghost since then. They are the best feelings to ever have. They remind me that although I've never seen my Father in Heaven, he knows me and loves me. While the world teaches that anything goes, YOLO, and other philosophies like this, the gospel teaches that we are on this earth for specific purposes. These are to gain a physical body, and to show our Father-in-Heaven that we love him and will obey him. The gospel teaches that if we live righteously, we can be with our families forever. My family is the most important thing to me. I want more than anything to be with them forever. I'm not doing all of this work for nothing!! I think that this is the main reason that I am a Mormon. I want to know what God expects of me so that I can do my best, and then when I fall short I can ask for forgiveness. I know that if I do this I will be able to be with my family even when this life is over.

How I live my faith

I have been a visiting teacher since I was 18. I love learning from the women I visit, whether they're old or young. Everyone I meet is so interesting! I'm always reminded that every person has a story and that God loves everyone. I was the cub master in this area for over 5 years and that's when I figured out how much I enjoyed this age group of children. I have fun doing little boy things like racing cars, running obstacle courses and shooting arrows. It was fun to help make them feel special when they had earned an award. I am now a primary teacher, teaching 5&6 year olds. When my kids were little I wouldn't have wanted to be a primary teacher, probably because I was with little children 24/7 and needed a break. Now that my own children are older, I love teaching little children at church. They are so full of life and love. They remind me to be patient, gentle and loving. I don't think that I'm naturally a loving, giving person, so I know that the programs of the church help me to live as a disciple of Christ would. I've always served where I have been asked, because I know that in the end I am the one who is blessed, while helping others at the same time. I always wanted to serve a formal mission, but I married before I reached the age that young women went on missions. Since then I have still retained a desire to share the gospel, but living in an area where Mormons are the majority, I have not known how. I am learning that the best thing I can do right now to share the gospel of Jesus Christ is to just be a good friend. As I love my neighbors, I can be an influence for good. The teachings of Christ are so simple. Love God first; Love your neighbor second. There's the gospel in a nutshell :)

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Susan
When I was first married it really bugged me that men seemed to hold a prominent position in the church and in the family structure. I really had to pray, and study the issue out until I came to an understanding of it. What I came to understand is that women do not need the priesthood like men do. If men weren't given this leadership role, then they would not turn to God the way women already do. This sounds like I think women are better than men, which isn't what I mean. Women are more nurturing and spiritually sensitive in nature, men have more of a carnal nature. God made men and women this way on purpose! It is these attributes of the sexes that bring about God's plan- which starts by bringing children into the world. Men and women need to remember that we need each other. Our roles compliment one another. It's unfortunate that women have been undervalued for so much of the world's history. This has been a tool of Satan to thwart God's plan. In this modern age where women are able to reach their full potential, we have to be careful to not undervalue men. The priesthood helps men to reach their full potential as sons of God. Show more Show less