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Hi I'm Susan

I grew up in western Washington. I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Have you ever heard the expression: A jack of all trades, master of none.? I feel this really describes me. I have lots of talents and interests but have never focused solely on one thing. I love to play the piano and sing but not in front of others. I've never been comfortable performing solo but I love to sing in groups. I'm a member of a community choir and an octet. We only perform twice a year but I enjoy the challenge of learning new music and getting to know members of our community who also have a love of singing. When my husband and I were younger we loved to go ballroom dancing. My husband did a lot of dancing in college but I could hardly tell my left foot from my right. We took some classes together for a few years and now I love to dance. I just wish I had more time to do it. I am a voracious reader. I get this from my parents. I love to discuss books with people. I've worked to pass on my love of books with my 4 children and now with my grandchildren. Some of my best memories are of reading to my children when they were in bed for the night. All of them love to read and I feel that was a great gift that I gave them. My grandchildren live far away but I love to "Skype" with them and read them books over the computer. When I get done with one they always beg for one more. I love the new memories that I am creating with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been a mormon but I remember when I was a teenager questioning whether I really believed all that my parents had taught me. The choices that my high school friends were making were so different from what I had been taught. I grew up in the 60's and 70's and as the morals of society changed I saw that those changes were largely destructive. My friends starting drinking and experimenting with drugs but I could never understand what they saw in this lifestyle. I was so grateful for the morals that my church taught me. The truths of God are absolute. They don't change with what is popular or acceptable at the time. God's commandments always remain constant and that gave me great courage to know who I was and what I stood for. Over the years I've seen how my faith in Jesus Christ has supported me through all facets of my life. Fifteen years ago that faith was sorely tested. One night my younger sister called and told me she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She was only 32. I was devastasted but I believed in miracles and I felt that as we all prayed for her the doctors would find that the cancer had miraculously disappeared. This did not happen. Not only did she have to have a masectomy but the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes as well. I knew this was a serious development. I was so afraid my sister was going to die. For months I pleaded with God to spare her life. One night as I was praying it was as if Jesus Christ spoke to me and he asked me if I was willing to trade places with her, would I die for her? As much as I loved my sister this was not something I was willing to do. I then heard a voice say, "Well I did." At first I felt so rebuked but as months passed I realized that Jesus Christ had let me know that he loved my sister (and all of us) so much that he gave his life for us. I stand in awe of that love. I know that we can trust in Him to do what is best for us because he loves us so much.

How I live my faith

My church has given me many opportunities to learn and grow and develop my talents. As a teenager I was asked to play the piano during Sunday School for the children's singing time. My skills as a pianist were quite limited but I accepted the challenge. I had to practice for hours every week to be able to play the songs on Sunday. You know the parable of Jesus that talks about the 10 talents? Well, I feel that I had been give one talent of piano playing ability but because I used that talent in service, the Lord caused my abilities to grow. I'll never be a concert pianist but I can play the piano quite well for someone who knew so little. Over the years I have been able to serve in many capacities. I have 3 sons so I spent many years working in the Cub Scout Dens and Boy Scout Troops sponsored by our church. Right now I am privileged to work with the youth who are 12 to 18 years old from several different congregations. What a pleasure it is to associate with these fine teenagers. We hold monthly dances for them, have a Young Woman's camp one week every Summer, and plan programs for them that will help their faith in Jesus Christ grow. We like to plan projects where the kids can go out into the community and serve. A year ago we had an activity where 200 youth spent a day in several nursing homes in our area. What fun it was to visit the different facilities and see the kids and residents of those facilities interacting and having fun together. After the activity we had many youth tell us how much fun they had and several signed up to volunteer in these nursing homes on an ongoing basis. I do not fear for the future when I see what talented, capable and caring young people there are in the world.