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Hi I'm Sue.

I'm an artist. I play the bagpipes. I rescue pug dogs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with two adult daughters. I used to be an equine trail guide in the western Washington mountain backcountry until my knees and spine gave out. I still love horses- they have a lot to teach with their individual personalities. I rescue pug dogs and chickens. I've inherited my Scot/Irish father's Bagpipes, which I have learned to play. I've also inherited my Finnish mother's Sisu (Finn term for 'feisty spirit') and her love of potato. I like to draw and paint- although trained in technical illustration, I most enjoy drawing nature and animals (specifically horses, pug dogs and chickens). I've been on medical leave from work, but I want to take training to become a veterinary technician and continue to work with horses- and yes, pug dogs and chickens.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child of a Coast Guard family, we moved about the United States with regularity. My experiences with church and Sunday school were determined by the friends I made in each new city- as my parents did not attend, it was easy to send me with families of friends and neighbors. I attended mostly Protestant churches, but had close friends who were Catholic, Jewish or LDS, so I feel as if my early churchgoing was like a class in comparative theology. Later in life, I began to feel dissatisfied with my un-churched status. I looked for a place that believed in a loving God and service to others within church and community. I attended many different services, none that really fit. When I was contacted by the Missionary Elders, I was reminded of a dear friend, a single mother and LDS member. I remembered being at her apartment when her visiting teachers came. They were such a faithful comfort to my friend and her small daughter, I was touched by the depth of friendship these women extended. I have spent the last 4 years at home recovering from multiple surgeries. The 'Elders' would drop by often, simply to see if there was anything they could do to help. I began to ask them of their lives and mission. Once I began to actually listen to their message of a living, loving Heavenly Father (the very one I had been searching for) I was stunned by the truth and familiarity of what they told me. It was a 'deja vu' experience- I had a very strong feeling of having previous knowledge of what I was learning anew. My head and my heart wrapped readily around what is another testament of Jesus Christ. I began to read the Book of Mormon and have regular discussions with the missionaries and other church members. The love and friendship of the people I have met, the whole truth of the doctrine I have learned and the strong ethic of service to each other and in our community have filled the void I'd been feeling far beyond only going to a Sunday service- it has become a life fully lived.

How I live my faith

As I am a relatively new member, all of my participation is a learning experience. I have received callings within the Church, and have readily accepted. I have a lovely companion teacher with which to visit other women, both active and inactive members. When we go out on our teaching visits, I still feel I learn more than anyone else in the room! I've also received a call for Compassionate Service. I provide and schedule meals, rides to appointments, childcare and home assistance to members and their families in times of illness or happy times that bring change, such as the arrival of a new baby. It is my privilege to support my friends in the charitable love of Jesus Christ. As women, we nurture and care for each other, and support each others faith and testimony. I have recently been to quilting sessions, sewn blankets and clothing to be given to teenage moms through their schools, made dolls and puppets for pediatric units of hospitals, sewn dresses for girls in other nations to attend school in, and shared many hours of fellowship with the moms, grandmothers and daughters in our ward. There are many opportunities to serve within the community, each time a pleasure to participate. While I have gained an active social system, which I appreciate, I have been given a worthwhile sense of self-esteem, direction and purpose. My faith is now as necessary and natural to me as breathing.