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Hi I'm Sue

I'm a wife and mother. I am a seamstress and costume designer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a pretty crafty person, and sewing has always been my passion -- ever since I was a little girl, I've always enjoyed making things out of scraps from my mother's sewing pile. I am sharing this passion with my own kids now, and we have our own little family business. I have a great love of the outdoors, especially here in Oregon where nature is everywhere! I love all kinds of music, musical theater in particular, and have been working with our local children's community theater group for several years. I love to play all kinds of games, and one of our favorite things to do as a family is create our own board games. I also help out at our local elementary school as a teacher's aid for a few hours a week, and I love hanging out with the kids on the playground. My husband and I love to cook together, and we are always experimenting and trying out new recipes and cooking shows. My life is absolutely the best life I could possibly have!

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into the church, I have still had my own conversion process. As a child, I went to church because that's just what we did as a family. I come from Pioneer stock -- many of my ancestors literally crossed the plains with the early Mormon pioneers -- and I always thought I knew everything there was to know about the church. It wasn't until one day when I was a teenager,while I was camping with the young women from church, when I realized that you can know all the facts about something and still not have a true understanding of what it all means. I went into the woods a little ways away from the rest of the group one morning and sat down on a tree stump and read the account of Joseph Smith's first vision. I sat and I prayed and I asked Heavenly Father if it all really did happen, and if the Book of Mormon was real or not. As I sat there, a beam of sunlight filtered through the trees above me and landed on the open scriptures in my lap. I did not have a vision of my own, but I felt warm and peaceful and all at once, I knew as firmly as I've ever known anything that Joseph Smith was a true prophet; that he really did see God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ in person. And all of a sudden, it ALL made sense -- everything I had 'known' all my life suddenly fell into place. Not just Joseph and the restored gospel, but ALL the prophets -- Old and New Testament -- really existed! It was all part of one glorious, divinely directed plan of our Father in Heaven, who loves each of us individually and all of us totally. Now, as a mother, I couldn't imagine raising my own children without the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the guidance and direction we receive as parents to help raise our children to be strong, righteous sons and daughters in this, the Lord's true church.

How I live my faith

I am a Mormon twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred and sixty five days a year. It is just who I am. It is hard to qualify "how" I live my faith, because I've never known anything different to compare it to. I wake up in the morning and get dressed just like everybody else on the planet; but I guess one thing that is different is what I wear and what I eat. We have a definite dress standard and we don't drink coffee or tea. However, these things aren't restrictive, in my mind -- by focusing on the reasons why we don't do certain things, we have a different sort of perspective. I have had the opportunity to work with the children and the youth of our church over the years, but recently I have had the chance to work with the women in our church. And by work, I mean...WORK! We clean church buildings, pick pears for our church welfare services, make meals for our local community soup kitchen, sew, knit, babysit, and about a hundred other things on a regular basis! Sometimes it's hard to keep up! But the most important work we do is how we all look out for each other. I have never seen any other organization that has such a defined, intricate system of stewardship -- everyone has an opportunity to serve each other, and as a result, we have a close-knit unit that assimilates a family. We call each other "brother" and "sister" for a reason -- we believe we are all part of God's family, and I have a strong connection with the sisters in our congregation as if we grew up under the same roof.

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society is a lifeline. The women in this church are a strong, devoted group of people, with a huge desire to do good works for others. We meet together every Sunday as a group of women, and often throughout the month we hold meetings for social reasons as well as spiritual. We serve together, we cook together, we sew together, we raise our children by bouncing ideas off each other and bolstering each other up. We teach each other, we learn from each other, and the beauty of it is, it's never too late to learn. The age range is so wide and vast, but we are all daughters of God, each with our own talents and abilities and strengths AND weaknesses. Every woman can feel loved, honored, and accepted in Relief Society. Show more Show less