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Hi I'm Sue

I am a single mother of five children (with special needs) and a student at ASU. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at Arizona State University. I have a bachelors degree from Weber State College and I am now finishing per-requisits for graduate school. I am looking into nutrition research or sustainability. We have lived all over the United State, with my children being born in Utah, Alabama, Texas and Maryland. People ask me where I like best, but I really love them all and could not choose. I love to travel and see new places and meet people. When I was twenty I was a nanny in New Jersey, I wanted to see New York. I remember one time going to the top of the Twin Towers and a couple from Japan wanted me not to take their picture for them, but to be in the picture with them. I served a mission in 1982/83 in the Dominican Republic and speak Spanish. I have three children with Asperger's syndrome, one with ADHD (non Hyper), and the fifth time will tell. I have one Eagle scout (so far), who will be leaving for his mission soon, and one Life scout and one Second Class scout. We have two cats and two desert tortoises. My children would have more if the lease allowed it. I am in the process of learning to make everything by scratch, sprouting and grinding grains, homemade yogurt, cheese (I haven't attempted yet), etc. We are working at getting away from all processed foods. I am working on a pot garden, I have lemon, lime and grapefruit potted trees, and I hope to soon have my fall vegetables potted soon. I have a solar oven that is so fun to cook with.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, but that is not why I am a Mormon. I love my Father in Heaven and my Savior, Jesus Christ, and my struggle to find out who they are is why I am a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Heavenly Father is a loving and forgiving person. My children have special needs, when they where younger, life was overwhelming. For a mindless break I would play a game on the computer, then feel guilty for wasting time. I would say a prayer and the peaceful thoughts that came from prayer guided me to think of the positive things that happened that day even if it was only one. In no way did I feel condemnation for wasting time instead I felt encouragement to focusing on the positive. I struggled for years to known the Savoir. I was bothered when I would see the Savoir getting all the attention and Heavenly Father almost none until I realized that, the Savoir doesn't seek the attention or want it. He willingly gives the glory to His Father and my Father. He truly is a God because he has conquered all the bodies physical emotions and desires. He has overcome His mortal body, this is how he was able to suffer for our sins. I am a Mormon because I know my Father in Heaven and my Savior. I know their plan, which is so plain and simple, many people overlook it. We are here to become like them. When my now 13 year old son was 2 1/2 he was diagnosed with Autism, and this caused me to offer many prayers. A day after his diagnoses I read an article about Autism that made me cry. As I cried I heard a voice in my mind that said, "Sue, I send down thousands of my spirit children daily to earth knowing that many of them will never return to my presence. Sean has agreed to go through this mental issue, but you will have him whole in eternity in the Celestial Kingdom. The experiences that we have here prepare us to become like our Father in Heaven, in conquering our bodies, and learning to love unconditionally

How I live my faith

I serve my faith by attending all my meetings to partake of the Sacrament and to do my part, because so many people have taken time to prepare lessons through the week, that it would be terrible if nobody showed up to participate. In my ward I am the Scout Merit Badge Councilor Recruiter. Our ward sponsors a Boy Scout troop and I am responsible to recruit councilors to assist the boys in their merit badge requirements, to help them earn their Eagle rank. i was talking to a class mate the other day and she has three sons. She made the comment that she was worried about raising boys in today's environment. Her perspective is that it's natural for boys to get into trouble morally and she didn't know how to help them to be any different. This really opened my eyes at how protected I am in the church, because that is not a worry on my mind. I have taught my sons to be respectable young men and by living church values it's been easy to teach them, and if I see a problem we talk about it. They know that they can control their bodies and they have examples all around them at church. When you see two young men in white shirts on bikes, you can see what I mean. They aren't out partying and getting into trouble like a lot of kids their age. Why are they taking two years of their young lives to serve others and share a message that has moral convictions, because they have been taught since youth to respect their bodies and to respect others. Through living the Gospel principals it has been easy to raise my children with morals and conviction. I am very thankful for that peace of mind.