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Hi I'm Sue

I'm a mom and an urban homesteader. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a radical homemaker. I have seven children, all of whom I home-schooled until high school. I garden organically, raise chickens, sew clothes, cook from scratch, raise fiber animals, spin yarn, make my own soap, sew my own clothes, and I do it all in the middle of a large city. It used to be called being a hippie. I think of myself as a pioneer, but nowadays it's called urban homesteading. I find self sufficiency and simple living endlessly fascinating.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first encountered the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) I had the most overwhelming spiritual witness that this was something very, very special that I had to look into. The more I studied the Gospel of Jesus Christ the more the Holy Ghost bore witness that this was Christ's true church.

How I live my faith

I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I try to live my life in a way He would approve of. He wants me to be of service to His children. I have had so many wonderful opportunities to serve my fellow man over the years. I enjoy studying the scriptures and I love teaching. The thing I enjoy the most is when the Holy Ghost inspires me to say what the Lords wants others to hear. I love being of use to the Lord. There is no paid ministry in the church; we all help teach each other. Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to teach the high school age youth a religion class. It was held before school every weekday. Before school means those kids had to get up early every day in order to attend. It was a huge sacrifice, a sacrifice high school students in our church routinely make, and sacrifice brings the blessings of heaven. Every day we would delve into the scriptures and learn about our Savior Jesus Christ and His plan for us. I fell in love with my students and they fell in love with the scriptures. It was a joy to see their testimonies of Christ increase.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

I have lived for over fifty years without using tobacco, alcohol, or cigarettes. My life has only been blessed by not using these substances. I am very healthy and I give praise to the Lord for my blessing of health. Heavenly Father loves us so much that He revealed to Joseph Smith certain things are not meant to be taken inside our bodies. The revelation to not use certain substances was received in the early 1800's. Even back then people knew of many families destroyed by alcohol. My life has only been improved by not drinking liquor. While it is common knowledge today that tobacco is bad for the human body this was not scientifically know at the time the revelation was first announced. Today coffee shops are on every corner, energy shots are drunk by even the youngest of children and most people think it is an innocent habit, but some day science will find the amount of harm it does. In the meantime I will trust in the Lord and follow His instructions not to use tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, or illegal drugs. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

I love the Bible. I love the Book of Mormon. I love the revelations given to our modern prophets. I gain so much spiritual understanding studying all of God's word by cross-referencing each of these scriptures. All of these scriptures-- the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the writings of our modern day prophets -- testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

I joined the church when I was a teenager. I'd have to say becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints felt like I was coming home. The Holy Ghost bore overwhelming witness that I was in the right place, doing what the Lord wanted me to be doing. I felt encircled by the arms of love both literally and figuratively. Literally because the members of the ward (congregation) loved me and figuratively because I felt the love of my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. As I choose to follow more and more of the commandments my life became better and better. Personal prayer drew me closer to my Heavenly Father. Scripture study helped me understand the importance of Jesus Christ as my Savior. Attending church gave me courage in my day by day challenges. I love the Lord, I love His church, I love being a member of it. As the years have gone by I have had marvelous experiences. I had the opportunity to preach Jesus Christ over in Taiwan and learned to love the Chinese people. I am married eternally to my wonderful husband. I am a mother of seven fabulous children and I raised my children in the light of the Gospel. Now I am an old lady and still wake up each day knowing the Lord loves me and has many things left for me to learn. Being a Mormon is a joy. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Nothing I have done in my life is more important to me than raising my children. I have seven, three boys and four girls. I thank the Lord that I was able to stay home and really spend time with them. I don't claim to have done a perfect job, but I sure love them. We had so much fun together. I learned so much from them and I like to think they learned from me. My children love each other. We spent so much time attending church together, reading the scriptures together, playing together, cooking together, gardening together, exploring nature together, going on field trips together, doing schoolwork together, putting on plays together-- just being a family. I am grateful to the Lord that He taught me the importance of being a family. I am especially grateful to my husband who encouraged me to stay home with the kids and was supportive of me homeschooling them. He has been the best father and husband. There are lots of families like ours in the church. We supported each other with scouts, and activities for the girls and the teenagers. It is good to be in the church when raising children. I feel the approval of the Lord on our efforts to be good parents. Show more Show less