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Hi I'm Suzanne

I'm a musician, a mom, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay-at-home mom, a wife, and a professional french horn player. I don't love to cook, but I plan meals, clean, organize, direct traffic, teach, listen, launder and fetch like many moms do. I studied french horn performance in college and graduate school and played a lot of musical theater, opera, symphony and choral gigs before, during, and after birthing 2 beautiful boys. Professional musicians go through a lot of repetitive motion injuries that professional athletes experience. So, although I’m in my late 30s, I'm probably nearing the end of my professional career. I still perform and teach, but perhaps not as intensely as in recent years. Thus I've been giving more thought lately to what a second career might be as a nurse-midwife. While going through two very different childbirth experiences, I realized that there is not an abundance of community assistance in our modern society to help educate new moms through pregnancy and childbirth and the early years of motherhood. It’s a void that I would like to help fill.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because I love my Heavenly Father and always need to feel close to Him. I feel that when I am praying, studying scriptures, attending church meetings, and serving others. When I was a girl, I read in Matthew 12:33 (and likely elsewhere) that the fruit of a tree was either good or corrupt. I decided then that I wanted to be a good fruit. As an active member of a Baptist congregation, I learned what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then I met Mormon missionaries who taught me of my purpose in life and that there were answers to all of my questions in scriptures that complimented the Bible and a living prophet who leads His church. I knew that my Heavenly Father wanted me to be a Mormon. Looking back on the last two decades as a Mormon, all that I have learned, the experiences that I have had, and the love that I have felt, I am happy to be a member of His Church. And hopefully, when it’s harvest time, I’ll be the good fruit that my Heavenly Father wants me to be.

How I live my faith

At church I live my faith by teaching Sunday school classes, attending meetings, visiting members, singing in the choir, conducting music, attending the temple, and feeding missionaries. I look for ways, in my community, to share the love of Jesus Christ. It is powerful and can change lives. I’ve seen it turn away anger, stop addictions, and humble the proud. I think people need to feel the Savior’s love often, or they forget it. Daily life offers us many opportunities to be a good listener, smile a warm smile, help someone who’s in a hurry to merge in traffic, and stretch out our arms and say, “everything is going to be OK”. In my profession, I live my faith by performing my best. Each of us are given talents. I understand music and how to express emotions effectively through it. Whether it is joy, terror, nervousness, beauty, or tranquility, it can be used to tell a story that can speak directly to the soul without having to traverse the treacherous landscape of words and language. It's part of mortality to experience those emotions and deal with them just as the Savior Jesus Christ would. Sometimes we fail, but sometimes we are triumphant. And in those moments our Father in heaven rejoices with us. I get to be a small part of that journey through music.