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Hi I'm Susan Wolf

I'm a former reserve police officer. I'm a grandmother, a fire district secretary, a writer and . . . a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 60 year old grandmother, who has volunteered as a police officer, and worked as a secretary for both law enforcement and the fire service for 25 years. I have three children of my own, two step-children and two granddaughters. I enjoy writing and have over 35 published articles, that focus mostly on human interest especially those who overcome obstacles and disabilities. I'm also working on a children's book and have been picking away at a screenplay for years. I like people and find that we all have things in common - no matter how different we seem!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a very dysfunctional family with an absent father, abusive step-fathers and family members who had mental illness. As a small child, I felt fearful of the adults in my life and that caused me to choose a career where I could wear a gun and be surrounded by police officers, FBI agents and for the past few years, firefighters and paramedics. I guess I felt no one would come after me if I was surrounded by strong people with guns and loud sirens! When my mother encouraged me to visit her new church (she was always finding a new church when I was growing up) I came very reluctantly. What I found there changed my life forever. I wanted for myself the loving mothers, gentle fathers, confident children and respected elderly members I saw at the LDS church. Everyone seemed valued, engaged in fun and service activities and well, happy! I knew no matter what my background or personal failings, if I could raise my children in that kind of environment, I would be giving them the best chance possible to have happy lives. I have never regretted that decision. And my mother? She was a faithful member of the LDS Church for over 30 years until she passed away in 2000.

How I live my faith

Overcoming the effects of abuse had to start with me. Jesus Christ has taught me to forgive my abusers. Mental illness is not the fault of anyone. In fact, today, I marvel at the strength some of my family have expended to attend college, have jobs and raise a family in spite of it. My husband and I read the scriptures daily, pray and discuss what we've learned and our own spiritual experiences. We visit the temple and engage in work that ties families together forever. When faced with challenges, we marvel at how often we are prompted, comforted or warned by the Holy Spirit and we recognize that Christ is working in our lives. Now I know that feeling safe and secure has nothing to do with physical strength or weapons. It has to do with the relationship we have with Jesus Christ and being obedient to the commandments. Then we can feel the assurance from our Heavenly Father that he loves us and will strengthen us to overcome adversity. In spite of everything, I have learned, we can have joy in this life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Susan Wolf
When three of my nephews served missions, we helped to support them and sent them cards, letters and surprise packages of small, useful gifts. Since my husband and I were older when we joined the church, we planned to serve a mission when we retired. Unfortunately, my husband became ill with a lung disease and had to retire early due to disability. How happy he was to find out he could serve a mission close to home! One or two days a week, he helps run some machinery at the church cannery which is provided so that food service groups and volunteers can put up food for local food banks and ship across the nation and the world for humanitarian purposes. Some also help our own church's needy. For some reason, in the clean environment, with all the steam, his lungs do remarkably well. He loves the people he works with, the volunteers that come through, learning new things and providing a service for those who need it. Everyone needs to serve others in some capacity in order to feel worthwhile and accomplish good. That's what a mission does. Show more Show less