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Hi I'm Susan Kimball

I grew up in Idaho and that is where I came back to. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I am fifty-one years old-a widowed mother of four children. I lost my husband fifteen years ago to leukemia. It was extremely aggressive leukemia, and we fought to keep him alive for two and a half years, but it wasn't meant to be. When he died our children's ages were thirteen(boy), eleven(girl), seven(boy), and three(girl). We had been married for barely fifteen years and now it's been fifteen years without him. Thank heavensfor our knowledge of the gospel, and I know we will be with him again. I'm also thankful I had my college degree at the time of his death. I wanted, however, to stay at home until our youngest was in school, and I was able to do that. I now teach junior and senior high English, publications, and accounting. Right now education is struggling but I can only hope it improves. We have excellent kids in our school district so that's what keeps me going. It's not the money. I love to read, scrapbook, clean, and be with our family. I enjoy our four(soon to be five) grandchildren and don't live far from them so that's good. I look forward to serving a mission some day. My husband and I always talked about doing this, but he was taken to another kind of mission so I guess I'll do one on my own. My life is centered around our children. Our youngest is going off to college this fall, so that will be hard for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church, and I am thankful for that. I know sometimes we, who are born into the church, may take it for granted, and I'm sure I did to an extent, but I have always valued my membership in the church and tried never to take it for granted. I know my membership and testimony are the most important things I can ever have. I know a testimony can be lost if not shared and strengthened daily and I try to do that the best I can. So, I'm a Mormon because I want to be and I know it is the only true church upon the face of the earth. I'm sure I relied upon my parents' testimony for a time, but I definitely have a testimony of my own. I know we have a living Heavenly Father and Savior who loves us beyond our ability to comprehend. I know when I pray Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers. He cares about the little things in my life. I know our Savior suffered and died for each one of us to help us with our sins, burdens, sorrows, etc. I know the Holy Ghost is real and has prompted and comforted me many times. I know I couldn't have gone through the things I have gone through without the knowledge I have of the truthfulness of the gospel. I know because my husband and I were married in the temple, I will be able to be with him and our children forever. That's the only thing that keeps me going. I don't know how others do it without that knowledge. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and through him the church was restored and I'm so thankful for all he did so we can have the true church on the earth today. I also know Pres. Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet today and receives revelation from our Heavenly Father to help us, so if we listen and heed his counsel we will be fine. So that's why I'm a Mormon because it is true and it brings me joy and peace.

How I live my faith

I don't want to sound as if I'm bragging in any way, but I do feel I live my faith. I would like to best explain this by saying I just don't like to 'go to church' or 'go to the temple'. I feel it is so important to make the gospel part of us. I feel without the gospel I am nothing. Heavenly Father has given me and my family everything we are and hope to be so it is so important to live our faith each day, not just on Sunday. Here are the few ways I live my faith: 1. Attend church weekly. This allows me to partake of the sacrament and renew my baptismal covenants. It gives me strength for the coming week. 2. Serve as a faithful visiting teacher and in the nursery(I just got sustained to this new calling a few weeks ago.) 3. Attend the temple once a month. This is my favorite place to be. 4. Strive daily to keep the covenants I have made with my Heavenly Father. 5. Read and study the scriptures daily. Yes, I have missed; however, I have found doing this first thing in the morning makes my day go much better. Plus if I wait until night I don't do it. 6.  Have Family Home Evening-We do this every Monday night. Some weeks are definitely better than others and now where it's usually me and my daughter, sometimes they are very simple but I have always felt the importance of this. 7. Follow the prophet. I know by following Pres. Monson, we will never go astray. 8. Pray morning and night and a lot in between! 9. I strive to look for ways to help others at all times. 10. I bear my testimony in fast and testimony meeting regularly and hopefully daily by my actions. Yes, I know I'm not perfect but I try to do what's right. 11. That's the one I'm going to end with--Strive each day to choose the right so I can be with my family forever and see our Heavenly Father again forever.