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Hi I'm Sue

My family came to the U.S. from New Zealand because of the church. I am a mother and grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have four children all grown up and beautiful. My third child was handicapped and we loved having her in our home for the 17 wonderful years that she shared with us. I have spent the last 25 years primarily as a caregiver. First, for my daughter and then just after she passed away, my mother-in-law and my son and his two babies came to live with us. My mother-in-law just passed away at the impressive age of 94. I have had the special privilege of raising my grandchildren for the last 10 years. I currently work as an assistant in an insurance office and enjoy the flexibility of being there for my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My grandfather was one of the first Europeans to join the Church in New Zealand. My father and mother made a great sacrifice to move themselves and 7 children to the states to be closer to the heart of the church. I have had the privilege to have been raised in an area where there were many members. As a child I took it all for granted. Each day as I grow older I appreciate their sacrifice even more. I have to admit that when I was a teenager I questioned why. Why did they do that, why should I want to be a "Mormon", and why should it make a difference in my life? I met and became engaged to a young man who was not a member of the church but the more I saw of his life choices and what my life would be like with him, the more I saw

How I live my faith

I am a quiet person and prefer to live my life quietly. I love to cook and I look for opportunities to share with others. In our last neighborhood I was known as the cookie lady. My neighbors got to share all my experiments. We had cooking classes in my kitchen for a while. That was so much fun. We learned how to make cottage cheese and yogurt out of powdered milk, made our own baking mix and even made pinto bean fudge! I love music and played in the band and orchestra in school. I also played with our community orchestra for a couple of seasons. For many years I was asked to be the ward choir director in spite of the fact that I cannot carry a tune. I loved it. I have also been a leader in the children's organization. It was a challenge as I do not like being in front of people even children. The opportunity to get to know my fellow sisters as a visiting teacher gives me the chance to get to know them in a way that I would not ordinarily do. It also gives me a chance to share and serve them when they could use a little help. When my children were younger we were involved in the local musical theater. We were on stage, painting scenery, doing make-up, making costumes, and selling tickets. As usual I was involved behind the scenes which is my favorite place to be but it was a great experience each year to be doing this as a family.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

It has become very apparent in recent years why we need to be self-reliant. It has been difficult for our family in the last few years. If we had not had our food storage, I would have been hard pressed to have continued to prepare nutritious meals for my family. At this time in our lives we would have expected to be empty-nesters, but we have had family who have needed our assistance. We have been able to care for them as well as ourselves. I have also had friends that have lost their jobs but because they were prepared financially as well, they were able to weather the storm until another job could be found. We do not know what may happen. It could be a natural disaster, an epidemic, or a financial setback but by being prepared we can take care of ourselves. The scriptures tell up "if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear." That is so true. Show more Show less