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Hi I'm Suzie

I'm a middle school English teacher, an language enthusiast, a singer, and a Mormon.

About Me

Some of the most memorable times in my life happen when I'm singing. I love to sing in choirs and have spent years singing with the choirs at BYU and at the Orem Institute of Religion. When I'm not singing with a choir, I'm find an outlet for my music by singing along to the radio during the evening commute. I studied English and editing at BYU and got a job as a professional editor. For whatever crazy reason, I left my comfy editing job after a year and began a Post Baccalaureate program at UVU to become certified as a secondary education English teacher. I'm currently student teaching at a local middle school and learning more about life, learning, and people that I ever thought possible. It's a growing experience to say the least. My favorite escape after a long day of teaching is a hike in the canyons. I love being out in the wild! But when weather or time doesn't allow for hiking, I settle for a banana smoothie.

Why I am a Mormon

I once had a conversation with a man on a metro in Montreal. We started talking about religion, and he asked me how I could possibly know that what I believed was true. Up to that point, people hadn't questioned me when I told them that I knew Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ lived. This man's honest question made me really think. I could explain what I knew, but explaining The How of what I knew was a different matter. I answered that I had never seen an angel nor had I ever seen God, but that I had seen countless small things in my life that had added up over time. My testimony was build by an accumulation of small things: receiving personal answers to prayers, feeling God's love, seeing the blessings in my life that came from living God's commandments, and feeling peace when I read the scriptures. My faith had been built and reinforced over the years by hundreds of small evidences. Today my faith continues to grow. I find deep peace in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ and see blessings from it every day. I'm Mormon because I wholeheartedly believe it is true.

How I live my faith

I believe in being kind. Life can be hard and even unfair, but we can lift each other's burdens in small and significant ways when we follow the Savior's example of kindness. The little things - like holding open a door, sitting next to someone at lunch, or letting in cars on the freeway - can be big things to the people who receive these acts of kindness. And the best part is that we make our lives brighter when we bring light to others. I'm happiest when I live life after the pattern of service that Savior lived. I want to teach my students the ins and outs of English, but it's my hope that through the materials we study, my students will see the value of being a kind person. I love to sing my testimony and share what I believe through music. Music is a highway to the heart. It touches lives and unifies people in ways that other mediums can't. Music in general, and singing in specific, has helped me develop my testimony of the Savior and His Gospel.