Hi I'm Sue
I am an adult convert to the LDS Church, a quilt maker, and currently home-bound due to chemical sensitivities.
I am home-bound due to chemical sensitivities. The least little whiff of anything that has a petroleum element to it gives me a headache, and it often gets worse from there. This is frustrating, even depressing at times, but my understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ is my anchor and my hope. I use what health and energy I have to make quilts or do needlepoint or other hand work. I love animals, birds, and flowers. Currently I own a little Papillon-Chihuahua mix dog and a canary. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother, but I don't get to see my grandchildren as often as I'd like!
I came into the Church as an adult convert. I was raised in a Christian home but unaffiliated with any specific denomination. As a teenager I wondered why there were so many different kinds of Christian churches. I read the New Testament but didn't find the answers I was looking for. It was a marvel and a relief to me when the Mormon missionaries were able to answer questions I'd had for years. Joseph Smith seemed to have been asking the same questions I'd had. The Book of Mormon clarified things I found confusing in the New Testament. I've never had any trouble believing Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ so perhaps it is little wonder I received such a strong witness from the Holy Ghost when I asked, in prayer, whether the Book of Mormon was true. The Spirit witnessed to me that it is, and I have never looked back. I am a richer person for it, having had spiritual experiences that I wouldn't have thought were possible. I am now a mother and grandmother but the most joyful day of my life remains the day of my baptism. I have found comfort and peace in living the principles of the gospel - although my life has not been without trials and challenges. My first husband died of cancer eleven months after our baptism. Barely a year after that I married a life-long member of the Church and we raised three children. That was a growth experience for all of us! Now I can't go out into the world to do the things I used to enjoy doing. However, my faith and testimony of our Heavenly Father's love and the gospel of Jesus Christ help me to cope with the isolation and limitations of my current circumstances. Without many of the distractions of everyday life I have come to know our Father in Heaven and His Son better than I ever would have otherwise. There are lots of times when I'm cranky or even incapacitated by pain but underneath it all I have a deep, abiding gratitude for the gifts and blessings I've received because of my faith in our Savior and His restored gospel.
Because of my health issues I can no longer actually go to church or do many of the other things I used to do. I continue to make quilts though, and donate them to various charitable efforts around the country. I find peace, comfort, and enlightenment in reading the scriptures daily and I keep a journal (mostly to vent my spleen when I can't do something I want to do). I strive daily to be humble and submissive to my Heavenly Father's will. It's hard to keep in mind but I try to remember that He has a plan for me and my life and He knows best.