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Hi I'm Susann Smith

I'm a mother, grandmother, musician, swimmer, traveler, and a former buddhist. Now, I'm a Mormon and happier than ever!

About Me

When I was growing up, my Dad was in the Army. We moved around a lot and each time we moved, my Dad picked the church we would attend based on the music. So I attended many protestant denominations as a kid. When I was in college, I met a buddhist meditation master and scholar, and what he taught rang more true to me than anything I ever heard growing up in various churches. So I became a buddhist and spent 25 years as one. I learned a lot and am grateful for those teachings and meditation experiences. Then, when I was 46 years old, I learned all about the Lord's Temple and why it exists and what goes on there. Suddenly I realized THAT is what I had been searching for ALL MY LIFE. There was always something missing until I learned about the Temple and God's Plan of Salvation. Those two things gave my life the missing pieces I had been searching for, even as a buddhist. So I was baptized and a year later, received my Temple endowments. These choices changed my life for the good, and my struggles are now easier to bear because I truly know the bigger picture and how I fit into it. I am a very creative woman. I love music and the arts. I play the violin and also sing. I love to crochet, knit, sew, quilt, and do flower arranging...particularly Ikebana. I want to learn how to play the piano better and also how to play the Celtic harp. I also love to play the recorder. I also love to swim and do that just about every day. Most of all, I love to read and study the scriptures.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have studied many faiths, and none of them ring true, with the exception of this faith. The Book of Mormon solidifies and clarifies so many of the Bible scriptures. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and together with the Bible, there is so much more understanding than with the Bible alone. I am grateful that a 14-year old boy wrestled with the important questions that pastors of his day were raising to actually go to The Source. Joseph Smith, at the age of 14, was inspired to ask God which church to join, and the answer came loud and clear. Joseph received his life-long calling at the age of 14 to be the Lord's prophet. I am so grateful for Joseph Smith's dedication to bring forth and restore, under the direction of God and His Son, the true Church as it was established by Our Savior, even Jesus the Christ. It is truly a marvelous work and a wonder! Joseph Smith was a willing instrument in the Hands of the Lord. May you and I and everyone be so willing to be the best instrument we can be to help the Lord accomplish His work on the earth today. When I decided to become baptized, I didn't hesitate. I sought out the LDS missionaries and took the discussions and found the deep and fundamental peace I had been searching for. Then I had the very great blessing of meeting and being sealed in marriage for time and all eternity to the love of my life, my best friend, and beloved husband, Kevin.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by regular scripture study and prayer to learn what Heavenly Father would have me do to serve Him, and also by attending my Sunday meetings and regularly attending the Temple. I love to serve others and frequently find ways to do that. It all brings me great joy. As a widow, sealed in marriage to my dear husband, I know from experience that this life is our opportunity to experience all the joys & sorrows that only mortality can provide. I want to claim all the blessings Heavenly Father has for me, if I keep my covenants & remain true to the teachings He and His Son have given me...have given to all of us, I will receive those blessings. I am so grateful to understand these truths & to have the guidance of a true prophet on the earth today. These doctrines and principles are the center of my life, and I feel greatly blessed daily. It's so easy to be obedient to my Heavenly Father and His Son when I know why it's so important to not only me, but to my entire family. ...And isn't family what life is all about?

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Susann Smith
Some people call Mormonism a cult because they do not take the time to find out what it truly means to be a Mormon. They listen to the teachings and words of other humans, and they harden their hearts to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Anyone who thinks that "Mormonism is a cult" has not taken the time to investigate from reliable sources what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is all about. They have a deep river of fear underlying their words and are too afraid to venture into learning that is uncharted in their sphere of comfort. I know this especially because my parents and my siblings and their families all believe "Mormonism is a cult." Because I know the bigger picture through investigation and study and personal prayer, I know that one day they will have no choice but to hear the words they are too afraid to hear today and unwilling to learn today. My heart grieves for them and all they are missing in their earthly lives because they shut out any willingness to learn. I pray their hearts will soften soon. Show more Show less