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Hi I'm Sue.

I'm a mother and grandmother. I am a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for over 30 years and have 4 great children. My husband and I enjoy spending time with our children and our grandchildren and are blessed to have them living nearby. Every Sunday we are lucky enough to have one or more of our children's families join us for dinner. Sometimes they are all able to come so we have a noisy houseful and enjoy every minute of it. When I realized my family was growing up and moving out of my home I decided it was time to finish something I had started when I was younger. I returned to school to complete my degree after taking several years off to raise my family. It took a few years of online classes to complete the Bachelor's degree I had started when I was younger. I decided to continue my education and graduated with a teaching certificate and a Master's degree in education. This gave me the opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do - teach! I now teach reading at a local junior high school and I love it. While I was going to school I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This disease affects different people in different ways. I have been blessed to be able to function without limitations and have been able to manage my disease with little interruption to my normal life. I have been fortunate enough to be able to accomplish my goals and have the health and strength to do everything I have set out to do. I count these blessings every day and am grateful for all that I am able to do.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I attended church sporadically. I attended the LDS church with my parents for a few years and was baptized when I was 8 years old. Unfortunately, my parents did not attend church on a regular basis and, by the time I was 11, chose not to attend any church. They are good people with good morals that they taught to their children. We were raised with high expectations and standards we were expected to follow. When I was 15 years old we moved to a new town and I started high school at a school where I didn't know anyone. I heard some students talking about a church activity they were planning to attend. I was interested and joined the conversation. These students said they were "Mormon" and asked what church I went to. I told them I was a "Mormon" too but that I hadn't been to church in a long time. They invited me to a youth activity that week and I went with them. It didn't take long and I was attending the weeknight activities as well as the Sunday meetings. A couple of months later my parents and siblings began attending, too. It started out as just something to do "for fun" and quickly became a way of life. It just felt right. I have never regretted the decision to start attending church. Since that time so many years ago, I have had many experiences and witnesses to strengthen my conviction. It still feels right - but now there's more. I find strength to get through daily trials. I find direction when I make decisions and have questions about my life. I find purpose in life and am uplifted when I get discouraged. I see reason when the world makes me wonder why. I have learned to rely on Christ when I feel like I don't have the strength or courage to face the demands of life. Going to that activity and continuing to attend, to learn, and to grow in the gospel were the best decisions I could have made. I'm grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who knew when I was 8 that I needed to be baptized so that when I was 15 I could say "I'm a Mormon, too."

How I live my faith

I try to find opportunities to serve others every day. Simple things like making copies for another teacher at work or helping a student outside of class are small ways to serve that make a difference. I think about Christ's example in the Bible. Some of His greatest miracles and most poignant parables happened because He showed compassion toward another person. By trying to see another person's point of view or attempting to understand another's circumstance, I can get closer to being the Christlike person I want to become. By small and simple things, great things come to pass.