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Hi I'm Suzie

I'm a Utahn, I'm a Vermonter, and I'm a New Yorker, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving in Upstate New York as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Currently my hobbies include meeting new people, teaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and giving service. I have served in southern Vermont and all over central and upstate New York, and at this point claim all these places as home. Before my mission, I often went country dancing. I attended college for awhile in Ogden, Utah, and hope to return someday, but right now, missionary work is what makes me happiest! As a missionary, I see the restored gospel change people's lives as they recognize the truth of our message and act on that truth.

Why I am a Mormon

As many others, I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, there comes a point in everyone's life when we need to decide for ourselves what we really believe. My parents had taught me the restored gospel all my life, but when I got into high school, there was a point at which I realized that I didn't really know for myself that everything I had been taught was true. I didn't doubt that my parents believed it, but I didn't know for myself. When it came right down to it, I had to put it to practice and find out. I began to read my scriptures more often and prayed more than once to know if what I'd been taught all my life was true. I also continued living the commandments and standards of Jesus Christ to the best of my ability, although nobody's perfect. My answer didn't come as a miraculous manifestation of any kind, but as I continued to go to church, read my scriptures, and pray, I came to know that this is Christ's Church. It is His Church as He established it when He Himself walked the earth. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and I know that just as He did in the past, He still calls prophets today. I know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God. I also know that Jesus Christ suffered for our sins and for everything else negative each of us ever have or ever will experience, and that He was resurrected and He lives today! What a wonderful message! I also know that God is our Heavenly Father--literally the Father of our Spirits--and He loves us in a very personal way. He has presented and established a plan for us to be happy throughout our lives and return to live with Him and with our families forever!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to be the best I can be. I'm currently serving a mission in Upstate and Central New York, and I absolutely love it! Like everyone else, I am imperfect, but I am always trying to improve. I rely on my Savior to help me where I fall short, and I excercize my faith on a daily basis. I repent of my sins, and partake of the sacrament every Sunday. I try to follow the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and I just keep going!

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?

Suzie
Well, we don't need to. Men and women have different roles. God has established that men hold the Priesthood, and with that Priesthood comes many responsibilites. Similarly, women have the opportunity to bear children which brings many responsibilities for us. Men and women are equals, we just have different responsibilities. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a women's organization known as the Relief Society, and women have opportunities for leadership there. Women can also be leaders in Primary which is the children's organization, as well as with the young women's program. President Gordon B. Hinckley, our prophet before President Monson, once said, "The men hold the priesthood, yes. But my wife is my companion. In this Church the man neither walks ahead of his wife nor behind his wife but at her side. They are co-equals in this life in a great enterprise." Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Suzie
Throughout time, God has always called prophets. Adam was called as the first prophet and was given the Priesthood, or the power and authority to act in the name of Jesus Christ. He taught his children and the church moved forward. Eventually there was a falling away, and there was no longer a prophet on the earth. When the people were ready to listen again, God called another prophet. Moses, Noah, and Abraham were all prophets. They all had the same authority that Adam had been given. When Christ came to the earth, He obviously held that same authority. He taught His gospel and ordained 12 men with this authority and sent them forth to further His work after He was crucified. Well, when that time came, do you think the people of the world would listen to the Apostles who were teaching the exact same thing that Jesus Christ Himself had taught? Not after they had just crucified Him! And thus the Apostles were persecuted and eventually killed, which then put the world in a state of confusion and contributed to the formation of many different churches. This time period is called the Great Apostasy, also known as the Dark Ages. Wouldn't God once again restore His truth to the earth? Show more Show less