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Hi I'm Susan

I am a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mom, grandma, PTO president and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 25 years and I am the mother of 6 children. In the past year I have become a Mother-in-law, a Grandma, PTO president and a caregiver for my parents. I know what it is like to parent adult children, teenagers, grade-school children and even what it is like to parent my parents. I enjoy flower arranging, reading, skating, jumping on trampolines, visits to the ocean and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have had the blessing of being a Mormon my entire life and I am grateful for that privilege. I started out believing that the Church was true because of my parent's faith. As I have grown older, I have been able to find out for myself that the Church is true. How do I know the Church is true? Because I have read and studied the Book of Mormon and learned that I am a happier and a spiritually stronger person when I make scripture study and prayer a part of each day. I have prayed and asked to know if the Book of Mormon is true and if the Church is true and I have felt the comfort, peace and assurance that comes from the Holy Ghost letting me know that what I have grown up believing is true. I know that Heavenly Father is my Father and that Jesus Christ is my brother. I know that I was sent to earth to a family because families are central to Heavenly Father's plan for all of us. I testify that Heavenly Father knows and loves each of us individually and that He does have a plan for each one of us. I love my family and I know that while we are not perfect, together we can improve, learn to love each other more and help each other to live lives that are full of meaning and joy.

How I live my faith

When Jesus Christ lived on the earth one of the greatest lessons he taught was the importance of service. I have many opportunities to serve in my Church and in my community and my husband and I believe that it is important to include our children in serving others. My parents are in their mid-eighties and are beginning to need help on a regular basis to continue to live their lives as independently as possible. I spend two days each week with my parents taking them shopping, paying bills, cleaning their home and taking them to doctor appointments. I wouldn't trade this time in my life of being able to serve my parents for anything. I have come to love and appreciate my parents much more and I am so grateful that they allow me to serve them. An added bonus is that our children have become more loving and appreciative of their grandparents and are willing to spend time with them, help them and listen to all of their experiences. I am also on the PTO board at the local elementary school. The school year has just started, but I am already enjoying getting to know many of the parents whose children attend this school as well as the teachers, principal and staff of the school. I am excited to be able to help plan fun and exciting events for the community this year and to develop new friendships. On Sundays I get to teach the 14, 15 and 16 year old youth Sunday School class. I love spending time with these amazing people! I know I learn more from each of them than they learn from me. This year we have been studying the New Testament in the Bible and I have really enjoyed learning more about my Savior, Jesus Christ. I was recently asked to participate on a Boy Scout fundraising committee. One thing about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is that if you are willing to serve, you will have opportunities to develop talents and stretch and grow physically, emotionally and spiritually in ways that you never would have imagined.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Families are so important! Our Heavenly Father has given us commandments not to boss us but to help us be as happy as we can in this life. He has high expectations for us because He loves us and He knows how amazing we are and how amazing we have the potential to become. The law of chastity has been given to keep us safe. It means that we should not have any sexual relations before we are married, and after we are married we should only have sexual relations with our husband or wife. Following this commandment brings safety, peace, happiness and most importantly, self-respect. It also makes our marriages so much more meaningful and loving. Those who have broken the law of chastity can choose to repent and gain forgiveness through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father loves each of us and He has provided a way for us to repent and to be happy and feel His love. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

The world can be unpredictable and scary. Even though I can't control everything around me, I feel peace knowing that I am doing my best to live within my means and even have extra food on our shelves and money saved for possible emergencies. I know that my friends and family would help me if I needed them to, but it feels really good to be self-reliant and take care of myself and my family's needs to the best of my ability. It also feels good knowing that if something unexpected happened I would have food and money to not only take care of my family but enough to share with my neighbors. Show more Show less