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Hi I'm Susan

I had a very happy childhood, living on a small farm consisting of cows and horses. Now I live in the suburbs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mom...the job I always aspired to. My husband and I have eight children, ranging in age from 22 to 1. My first three children have already left home: one is married and in college, another on a mission for the church, and the third in college. I love cooking, reading, home decorating, crafting, and clearance shopping. Office supplies make me weak in the knees, especially card stock, laminate, magnets, and black pens. Nothing relaxes me more than sitting down to watercolor a simple picture; I'm a lousy artist, but I'm able to watercolor a picture and then outline it with marker. I plan on being a preschool teacher from my home in the coming years. I love being around young children and seeing their simple joys. I enjoy children's books and children's songs and creating visuals to go along with them. I also enjoy a good workout at the gym in the mornings (did I really just say that?!) and I teach water aerobics in my own pool during the summertime. My dream for the future is to be able to travel more. Last year I traveled out of the country for the first time to Peru and had an amazing time experiencing their culture and beautiful land and artifacts. I had the great experience of being a nanny in Connecticut for 15 months after I graduated from high school. I met my husband there at a church meeting.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon and have never faltered. It has just always felt "right" and good in my heart. I have no doubt in my mind that the teachings of this church are directly from God, that he speaks to a living prophet TODAY and has since the time of Joseph Smith (in the 1800s)in this dispensation. Of course I've prayed and had experiences during my life that have solidified this testimony. I have seen those who strayed from its' teachings and the unhappiness they have incurred because of it. Trials may come our way even after obedience, but I know that these trials are to test us and strengthen us. If we put are trust in the Lord and remain faithful, He will bless us. I know that Christ lives, that he was crucified and then resurrected after 3 days, suffering so that we could each have eternal life. I know that he also atoned for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane so that we can repent here on earth and not suffer for those sins. I know that if we repent of our sins and keep his commandments we can live with God, Christ, and our families again...for eternity. I strive to live my life to this end. I believe in prayer and that our Heavenly Father knows and loves each one of us and listens to and answers our prayers. I have experienced his love in receiving answers to many prayers. I have heard very clearly specific answers to questions I have asked him in fervent prayer. I am so thankful for the blessings of this gospel knowledge and the peace I feel in knowing Heavenly Father's plan.

How I live my faith

I believe that a wise Heavenly Father has inspired His leaders to organize the church around laymen doing the jobs. The "callings"/jobs I have had over the years have strengthened me as an individual...whether it be spiritually by teaching the gospel to a class or temporally through teaching others how to prepare for emergencies, etc. There have been many times that I have been asked to accept a position that I felt I had absolutely no knowledge of (and zero desire to know : ) ), but I have accepted and been inspired and directed in how to carry out that task. After more than 20 years as an adult in the church, I have learned everything from water coloring and calligraphy to how to effectively entertain a group of children, bottle roast beef, and tie a square knot with the Cub Scouts. The diversity of strengths the church has developed in me is amazing! I never would have dreamed of seeking all the skills I've obtained through callings in the church. Public speaking in the church becomes an easy task as children are asked to give talks in front of a large group at the age of 3 and up (usually at least yearly). I consider that a HUGE fringe benefit! The self-esteem we glean from it all can't be all that bad either : ). The church is a brotherhood and sisterhood. I don't know what I would do without the automatic "brothers" and "sisters" gained when moving into a new home and a new "ward family" (There are different "ward boundaries" depending on where you live. You are to attend the ward within the boundaries you live.) We truly do feel like a family, supporting each other through trials and celebrating achievements. Sometimes I may even disagree strongly with fellow members, but I always feel that brotherly love and acceptance (just as I would with my own siblings). I consider it a blessing and a privilege to work in the church and serve my Heavenly Father and His children.