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Hi I'm Sue

I'm a wife. I'm a mother of 7 and a grandmother of 10. I'm a hiker, a gardener, an observer of nature, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I take seriously my profession of being a mother...counting it as one of the greatest blessings of my life. I still love to read books on marriage and parenting even though I graduated in family studies many years ago. We have 7 children, 5 boys and 2 girls. They range from 39 to 22 years old living with their families all over the country from Pennsylvania, Kansas and Texas to Utah and 3 in Arizona. We keep in touch by texting, skyping, getting together for Christmas, other holidays and of course we go to Lake Powell every summer for a week. Being together is the best time of the year for us! I love to hike the mountains around Phoenix...preferring that to working out inside. In the same vein I would rather be outside weeding in my vegetable garden, or picking grapes or feeding our chickens or goats than inside cleaning house or decorating. I learn so many lessons about myself and about God as I am out in His creations. I have time there, unplugged, to think and ponder on the most important topics of life. A good time for me is spotting a bird in my backyard that I have never previously identified there before or picking up an insect or worm in the grass and showing it to one of our 10 grandchildren. I believe that the reason nature resonates so strongly with me is because I know that our Heavenly Father created it in all of it's complexities and beauty and He created it for us because He loves us. Everyday it is a reminder of His love for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with a father who was a Latter-day Saint but not going to church and a mother who was a member of another church but not attending. In time they started taking us to the Mormon Church. My mother studied about the church and was baptized when I was very young so I was basically raised in the Mormon Church. I am a Mormon now because of all of the collected, sweet experiences that I have had as I have tried to live by the teachings of the Gospel. Every time I go to Church and participate there in the gospel discussions, every time I read the scriptures and think about the truths taught, every time I sincerely pray, especially as I give thanks to God for His blessings, every time I watch, listen to or read the words of our prophet, I feel something. It is a sweet feeling of love, and peace assuring me that God lives, that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that there is indeed a prophet on earth today and that this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in reality God's Church. I know that these things are true. I have many pioneer ancestors that knew this, that knew Joseph Smith and Brigham Young personally but I had to learn it for myself. I had to and I have to continue to study, pray and serve to learn and know this for myself. I am grateful for the knowledge I have...it is a great gift.

How I live my faith

In my life I have had many and varied assignments in the church like teaching; leadership with women, children and youth; scouting and family history work. Because of these service opportunities made available to me, my skills and talents have grown tremendously. I hope that I have helped others through the years in some small way to try to pay back all blessings that have come my way. Presently I work with my husband (he is a bishop) serving a little over 200 young single adults (ages 18 - 31). They are a marvelous group of people and I count it as a blessing to be associated with them. I am inspired every Sunday with their love of God and each other, their strength and courage to live God's commandments, their vibrant testimonies...and they know how to have fun! They help keep me young and I try to help them know how amazingly wonderful and important they are and that they are loved.