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Hi I'm Susan

I've lived from Hawaii to New York. People are the best part of my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I often reflect on my wonderful years in college, where I was learning who I was, what I believed in and what I could become. During that time, I learned foreign languages, earned my living singing, read the scriptures front to back and found the fabled "man of my dreams." After four years of "testing" him, I found him to be deeply honest and loyal--not only to me, but to God. Our common spiritual foundation gave us the courage to marry and have a family. Raising a family has been my biggest challenge and my greatest joy. As I've said before, I love people, with all their strengths and weaknesses--especially my children! Having a close family has been my dream since childhood. I love to read, to write poetry, to sing, to teach. The love of language is strong in my family. I love the outdoors--especially the mountains, the lakes and rivers and the trees. I'll pay a thousand dollars more for a house with a beautiful tree!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes sense. It produces the kind of result I think God has in mind for his children. In the family where I grew up, I was loved no matter what. My parents were not perfect, the children were not perfect, but the consistent caring taught me the nature of God's love for all his children in this world. I was taught that not only does God love me, but that he also has a plan for me. I marvel at the teachings of Christ, which show me a god who not only understands and forgives my weaknesses, but who shows me the way to overcome them. I am a Mormon because the teachings of the church are sound doctrine that rings true. Its solid framework teaches a clear standard of right and wrong based on God's design and not upon the whim of man in a society where the moral climate is ever-changing. I am a Mormon because here is a place where disciplined moral behavior produces strength of character. Here, traditional families have a chance to succeed. As truth is patterned and passed on, new generations can grow up clean and strong. The effect is satisfying to contemplate. I am a Mormon because I have prayed to ask God if this is the way that he would have me follow, and he has answered me--that it is.

How I live my faith

Through the years, as I have tried to learn and to serve, I have experienced not only the excitement of putting my values into practice, but also the peace and satisfaction that comes from trying to live the way Jesus taught. IN MY FAMILY: The family is a microcosm in which every skill and value people need in the world is practiced. We have tried to plan our activities in a way that involves the family at every turn. Having family prayer emphasizes our dependence on God and draws us close to one another. And every day we succeed at reading the scriptures together turns out to be a better day! Once a week (Monday night), we have Family Home Evening--a time set aside where we may choose to teach one another about gospel principles, sing hymns together, have family council about important goals or problems, play games and ALWAYS have a special treat. As family members take turns preparing parts of the evening, they learn about being a leader and about being a part of a family that is truly a unit in every way. On Sundays, we attend church together. During the week, there are also youth activities. IN CHURCH: At church, we all participate. Members are called upon to devote a period of time to a particular responsibility, and each helps the ward (local congregation) to run smoothly. I have served as a song leader, a teacher and an administrator for both adults and children. With a partner, I also visit two families once a month in their homes. We assess their physical and spiritual needs and share an uplifting message. I love these visits! IN THE COMMUNITY: Our family has had the chance to help in community projects to gather products to help people in need throughout the world. We also like to help by volunteering at the schools and at the cleanup/fix-up projects sponsored by our state. The love of God in my heart is best shown by serving his children. It is not just a duty, but a privilege.