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Hi I'm Susan

After raising children and working at times in our family business, I've found my heart light is within our home. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being born 70 yrs. ago in what is referred to as the "Valley of the Sun" in AZ (Phoenix), I was raised and married in an agricultural area. Meat and livestock were our main business interests. Over the years, the valley has grown into a large metropolitan area that now encompasses several cities. The growth caused us to change our business interest as well. I've always enjoyed doing handcrafts; crochet, painting and now sculpting. My mother is the sweet reason for my initial interest in Family History. As a girl, she would take me "cemetery hopping". I loved it! My husband and I have spent many years searching out our ancestors, as well as doing a little teaching on the how-to of genealogy research. Our children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren are the "joyful noise" in my life. We've played, camped, and traveled together with a little bit of "cemetery hopping" on the side.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was born, my mother was a member of the church and my father was not. My father converted and was baptized when I was three years old. It is customary for an LDS baby, a few weeks after birth, to be given a baby's blessing often by the father or other male relative but always by someone holding Priesthood authority. The custom changed a little in my case. My first memory of a church meeting was walking up the aisle holding my daddy's hand to the front of the chapel (with a lot of people watching!), A few other men gathered around us and my daddy said a prayer. That was 67 years ago. In following years, as I was taught right from wrong, I was also taught about Jesus and Heavenly Father and that it was important to pray for Their help in making choices. When I was eight years old, my daddy took my hand and led me into a font of water and baptized me, again because he had the authority to do so. He pulled me up from the water dripping wet-both of us grinning. I felt good and clean spiritually and physically! The next day, Sunday, I walked up the aisle again with my daddy to the front of the chapel and sat down on a chair. A few other men gathered around and my daddy put his large hands on my head. They felt strong even though they trembled. He confirmed me with the blessing of becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and of receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost. As my testimony grew with these ordinances and other knowledge learned through prayer, scripture study and other teachings, I realized and understood the truthfulness of this Gospel. Our prophet, Joseph Smith, was the tool the Lord used to restore this truthfulness. The second witness to the Bible is the Book of Mormon. In reading both books, I have found answers to life's challenges through girl-hood and now grt.grandma-hood...and there have been many! I'm still learning and repenting (as needed!)...This life is good- this life is a gift...

How I live my faith

Since I was a teenager, I have had various assignments or callings. Many teaching callings of all ages, from nursery classes to adult classes have been huge learning experiences for me. One example from when I was sixteen years old and teaching a class of eleven year olds: There were two adults who happened to visit the class that day and as the lesson progressed it came time to read a scripture to the girls. The book was one I had never read out loud from before. "In the book of F-see-uns we read", "excuse me Susan", says one of the visitors "but I believe that is pronounced E-fee-shuns". The girls giggled, I turned red but we all learned to pronounce Ephesians. For a few years, I was a Cub Scout den leader, I learned knots, and not to drive over a dirt road with a newly scout made ranch house of adobe bricks with corral and animals- by the time I got to the Pack Meeting the house and corrals looked like an earthquake had hit! As a girl's camp director, we hiked 3-day pack-ins, made camp, cooked camp fire meals, doctored owies and dried each others tears. Teaching adult doctrine classes probably helped me the most to grow and learn in scriptures and doctrine principle. In latter years my husband and I were called to serve. a mission at the Mesa Family History Center. What a very choice blessing that has been in our lives. After our time at the Center ended, we were called to travel throughout the Southwest states giving workshops on how to research our genealogies. We also presented meetings about the importance of Family History in regards to providing temple blessings that will eternally bless our families. Through my life's journey, the gospel and doctrine of Jesus Christ has been my guide. His strength and unconditional love has kept me focused through difficult and joyful times. I am a Christian, The Lord is my Redeemer, Rock and Savior. Through the Atonement of Christ and my obedience, I'm looking forward to a Happily Ever After.