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Hi I'm Sue

I'm 59. I grew up in Australia. I have convict ancestors. I'm divorced with 5 children, 10 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Sydney in 1952 and lived the first 20 years of my life at Georges Hall, a semi rural area, settled by European refugees. It was wonderful growing up with friends from many different cultures. We spent our time biking, and exploring and swimming in the Georges River. After high school I worked in office administration until I married. The next years were busy raising five children with a four year stint in Papua New Guinea before returning to settle in Brisbane. In 1998 my life changed when I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Thirteen years later I'm still here, divorced, a grandmother of ten, survivor of cancer and having completed five years of university - gaining two degrees. My time now is filled with enjoying my family, spending time with my grandchildren, working part time in my son's accounting practice, volunteering, exploring art galleries and museums, reading biographies and murder mysteries, studying history and enjoying Church activities and service. I also really enjoy: contemporary rock music, (though Bob Dylan and the Stones are still great). I recently discovered Meat Loaf (How did I miss him the first time around?); watching movies with grandsons; fish and chips at the beach checking out the sunset; Flight of the Concord and the IT Crowd for laughs. I really, really dislike: cooking, wiping fruit bat poop off the car, taking medicine and having my photograph taken (I always look like a deer in the headlights).

Why I am a Mormon

My father was attracted to the Church because, even though he, and my mother, were not committed to any religion, when the missionaries told him about the Church having a living prophet he felt a great desire to know more as he'd always believed that ongoing revelation would be necessary for the true Church. He also found that the Church's teachings confirmed his beliefs in equality and commitment to helping and caring for his fellow men. I was greatly influenced by my father and have tried to follow his example though I have had to find my own testimony and answers to the questions that have come to me through my experiences. I am so grateful for the focus the Gospel gives to my life - the desire to be kinder, more generous and patient and the courage to take on things I don't think I can do because I know that I have the love and support of my Heavenly Father. The Gospel has been an invaluable blessing in raising my children as they have been taught principles to help them live fulfilling, happy lives and how to face challenges with courage and optimism. Service in the church has given me opportunities to develop compassion and the desire to help others in myself and my children as we have participated in serving community organisations as well as families and individuals in need of support. Service within the church organisation has given me opportunities to develop self confidence and skills which have been useful in other areas of my life. When I have been faced with overwhelming situations, over which I have no control, I have found peace in knowing that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and my loved ones and wants what is best for us, so after doing all that I can, I am able to put the problem in his hands, and have faith that the outcome will be the best for all of us. Knowing that he loves each of us gives the peace and strength ones needs to go forward with confidence.

How I live my faith

Being confronted with the possibility of my imminent death caused me to evaluate my priorities, the elements that make up my life, as I don't want to have any regrets when, eventually, it's my time to depart this life. The things I value most are: My testimony of the Gospel, that is, my knowledge of where I come from, why I am here, and where I will go after death; my family and loved ones; my friends (Mormons and non-Mormons) who provide support, love and encouragement; the effort I put in to trying to develop a more Christlike personality (requiring service, prayer, study and reflection - always to be a work in progress - but hey! I'm trying); and the desire to learn continually (either through experience and formal or personal education). We all have the desire to reach out and help others. Once a month the sisters (female members of the church over 18 years of age) in each ward are assigned to visit other sisters, to talk and leave a short spiritual message of encouragement. Being a visiting teacher enables you to get to know the sisters you are assigned to and when faced with an emergency, or in need of help, these sisters can feel comfortable about calling on you, their friend, for support. I am so grateful for the visiting teachers who have visited me over the years providing encouragement, friendship and support when I have needed it. Like most people I am just trying to be a better person. I am grateful each day for my family and friends and this beautiful country in which we live. I really love being a Mormon.