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Hi I'm Sue

I am a divorced mother of two. I am a grant writer. I am a student. I am a youth leader and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After almost twenty years of marriage I recently went through a divorce. While it has probably been one of the most difficult things I have had to go through, it has also been a time of tremendous growth. It forced me to reevaluate my life, my family and my future. It forced me to rely totally on my Father in Heaven, not knowing how I would provide for my family and maintain the security and home environment I felt crucial for our well being. I started a new career, somewhat a birth by fire, where I relied on an aptitude for research and writing to assist a research and evaluation organization in researching and writing grants for social development programs----all of which fell under the umbrella of strengthening families, something I feel very passionate about. I was able to see my Heavenly Father’s hand in my life daily, which was vital in helping me provide not only financially, but also emotionally and spiritually at a very difficult time in my life. It also gave me the courage to go back to school after many years. I was blessed to be able to utilize what I was doing at work for school and the research I was doing at school fell directly in line with what I was doing for work.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born in the church, but not smart enough to stay active in the church. Unfortunately, when I was a teenager I was not clear on the divinity within me and that my Father in Heaven had a purpose for me on this earth, so I made a lot of choices that took me on a path that made it even more difficult to feel HIS love. Having children forced me to revisit the church I grew up in and find out for myself whether it was true. After having several sets of missionaries in my home to teach the lessons to my older daughter, personal prayer and reading the scriptures, I gained a personal testimony of its truthfulness, of my own divine worth and that my Father in Heaven loved me so much he provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, who died and atoned for my sins. While I would not wish the experience of divorce on anyone, it has been an experience that has brought blessings and opportunities in my life that probably would not have happened otherwise. It forced me to rely on my Heavenly Father at a time when I did not always know what the next day would bring and was able to feel the reassuring confirmation that HE would provide. HE did provide and while life is not always easy, I have been blessed to see miracles and blessings in my life almost daily. I was also able to see first hand the divinity in HIS organization through the support and love of its members. It is impossible for me to imagine not having this knowledge and the gospel to guide, ground and support me and my family, especially through the adversities of life, which we know are a sure part.

How I live my faith

My faith is a part of who I am, so it is a thread in everything I do. It guides my decisions in all aspects of my life and provides a purpose and bigger picture with each decision I make. It guides me as a parent in a world that increasingly does not support the values and important characteristics I am trying to instill in my children. It guides me in the decisions I need to make in balancing my life and priorities when it comes to parenting, working and as a student. It helps me to learn to forgive and let go at a time and in a society that would make it easy to be angry and become selfish. It provides an opportunity to serve others and work with an amazing youth group who are also clear on their own purpose and stand strong in a world that does not always support who they are and their values. My faith provides my purpose for being and all that I am trying to accomplish in this life and I cannot imagine my life without it.