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Hi I'm Susan

I am lucky to have a great life. I have not always understood why. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a home with a loving grandmother, mother and sister. There was no male figure in my life except my mother's brother who would graciously stand in as my father figure from time to time. While I do not think my life was adversely affected by not having a father in the home, I know I yearned to have a "complete" family. At times I thought my dream would never come to pass but I'm happy to say that I have a wonderful husband, three stepchildren and a dozen stepgrandchildren who are the children I never had. It may not be the traditional family but it's my family! Along with loving to spend time with my family members, I enjoy reading, cooking and working in the garden. In my younger years, I was a good student with outstanding grades and a full four-year academic scholarship to the university of my choice. I graduated in the top five percent of my six hundred person class. I am extremely organized and am enjoying a career as a bookkeeper where I am able to unleash my organizing talents as I service several clients at the same time. Life is good!

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the LDS church over twenty five years ago because of the influence of good people, especially my husband-to-be. I stopped going to the Presbyterian Church when I was fifteen because no one knew me if my grandmother and/or mother wasn't standing by my side. I missed church but I knew I needed a church where people would remember me and where I could feel the Spirit. Over a period of several years I met many members of the LDS faith who were good people and I came to realize that I wanted to be like them. I wanted to be happy. I wanted to serve people. I wanted to feel of Heavenly Father's love for me. That began my journey of developing a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As I read the Book of Mormon I knew it was the word of God. As I was taught by Stake Missionaries, I knew they shared the truth as they bore their testimonies to me. I was baptized so I could begin my personal journey of happiness. And what a journey I've enjoyed! My husband and I were sealed for time and all eternity in the holy temple where we will soon go as our first grandchild is sealed to her eternal companion! Each day brings a great opportunity for me to live my life so others will want to know more about Jesus Christ. Each day brings the privilege of serving others in my neighborhood. Each day brings great joy and happiness. While I am the only member of my family to be baptized a member of the LDS faith, my loved ones have been extremely supportive of my decision. They acknowledged the change in me soon after my baptism when they saw a new-found happiness in my life. While my desire is to be good and charitable every day, some days I fall short only to find a new day on the horizon filled with new chances to be better and do better. I am blessed to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My husband and I served a full-time eighteen month mission from 2002-2003 in Arizona. We are currently serving a church-service mission at the employment center while living at home. Both missions have given us an opportunity to serve as a couple which has been a great blessing. I was a temple worker from 1992-1996 which solidifed my testimony of the blessings of the temple. I am now a weekly patron doing work for my ancestors as I work regularly in my family history efforts. I also serve in the youth program of our church with the young women ages 12-18. They are such a blessing to my life. They say I teach them but, in reality, they teach me. I truly cannot imagine my life without the gospel. When I stop to think about who I am, I can only relate all my enjoyment in life to my membership in this church. I love the women in my congregation. We truly are sisters. I especially enjoy learning and growing in the scriptures as I attend adult education classes weekly that help me refocus my thoughts and plans on what is truly important in this life. I now understand how lucky I am to have this great life.