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Hi I'm Susan

I grew up in D.C.. I love photography. I go caving with my dad, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently working on finishing a bachelors degree online while working full time. I recently returned from serving a mission in the California Carlsbad Mission - and loved every minute of it. When I have free time I love to get my camera and take pictures of almost anything. People and nature are two of my favorite subjects - especially outdoor portraits. I'm a gypsy at heart and love moving, traveling, and doing something social most nights of the week. If I can't spend time with friends or family I enjoy reading a good book or writing in my journal.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was eight and attended the LDS church occasionally with my family and other denominations with extended family. When I was sixteen, my parents separated. I took religion less seriously, started to lose direction and felt like my world was falling apart. When I was seventeen, one of my older sisters committed suicide after a lifelong struggle with depression. It was highly publicized at school and in our community, so there was little privacy for our shattered family life. I was in her funeral a year to the day after my parents had separated, and I had never felt more lost or heartbroken. In the months following her death I felt my life slipping out of control and had lost all sense of direction. I made attempts to deal with the deep emotions that accompany the death of a loved one, but nothing seemed to make a difference. A few months later, while driving home from work, I started to genuinely pray. I vented all my frustrations, the feelings of loss and confusion, and how I was trying so hard to be a Christian, but felt like nothing was changing or making a difference. Finally, I said, "God, if you're there I need to know, or I'm going to do my own thing." In that moment, I felt a peace and stillness enter my heart, and a knowledge that God was God, that Jesus is the Christ, and that through Him the resurrection and salvation of all God's children was possible. I know I will see my sister again. I started attending church, going to early morning religious classes, and meeting with missionaries, all in an effort to better understand God's plan for His Children. Although my life didn’t instantly change, I felt God’s love working in me and converting my heart and life. The personal knowledge that I have of God and His plan for us has motivated me to constantly keep striving to live His Gospel and be continually associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That association and knowledge is something I would never give up!

How I live my faith

I try to find ways to incorporate how I feel about what I believe and know into as many conversations as possible. I love talking to people about their life experiences and how God and our Savior Jesus Christ have been a part of those experiences. One Sunday a month I teach a group of 50+ woman about what a living prophet or apostle as recently taught in General Conference, a semi-annual conference about how to be better Christians. I love getting the woman involved and understanding how key gospel principles really can affect them in their lives. During the week, I enjoy going to evening religious classes and staying involved with other social or service activities.

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society is the woman's organizations of the Church. It's a group of woman who are connected together through common values and life long goals, but has a variety of interests, hobbies, and life styles. They encourage, support, and nourish each other at church on Sunday or whenever the need arises. Show more Show less