Hi I'm Suzanne
I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, friend and blogger, but most important... I'm a Mormon.
The family my husband and I have created has defined my adult life. Mark and I have been married 37 years. We currently have seven children, five children-in-law, and thirteen grandchildren. I always wanted to be a mother and have found great happiness, fulfillment and purpose in that role. Although much of my life has been focused on and centered around my husband and family, I've always had a creative bent. This creative interest has led me to explore and develop many homemaking and crafting skills, which I currently share with friends around the world on my blog.
I come from a rich Mormon heritage. Many of my ancestors were early members of the Mormon faith. They immigrated from Sweden and England and helped pave the Mormon Trail from Illinois to Salt Lake City. They were men and women of great strength of character and integrity. However, a family history of devoted ancestors doesn't necessarily ensure one's own faithfulness. There came a time in my life when I needed to discover truth for myself and commit to it. I vividly remember kneeling in prayer as a young 18 year old woman and pouring out my heart to my Heavenly Father. During that prayer I felt forgiveness, peace and love, and I made a conscious decision at that time to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the things I knew to be true and good, which included full activity in His church. I was blessed with a confirmation from the Holy Ghost that I had made the right decision. I've always been grateful for that resolution. I continue to be a Mormon because I am still committed to following our Savior. As I try to do what our church teaches -- study the scriptures, pray regularly and often, attend church services, serve others, and repent of my wrong-doings -- I continue to receive those same feelings of forgiveness, peace and love from the Lord that I felt as a young woman. Additionally, through my devotion and His grace my relationship with the Savior has been strengthened and improved. Finally, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches me best the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ and why those truths are important to me.
A friend of mine (not of my religion) once referred to the Mormon faith as an "every-day religion" rather than a "Sunday religion." She explained that her religion only required occasional attendance at church as a condition of membership, but the Mormon faith seemed to make demands on the members of its congregations on a daily basis! At the time I chuckled at her observation -- partly because she was thinking this was a negative thing and partly because it was true. My religion is definitely a "daily" religion. I welcome this influence each day of my life. I'm fairly certain this constant commitment is what the Savior intended when he simply stated, "keep my commandments." (John 14:15) As a Mormon I seek to live the commandments, grow my testimony of Jesus Christ, and serve my fellowman on a daily basis. Sometimes I struggle and fall short, but I try to live my faith by honestly and fully honoring the commitments and covenants I have made to my Heavenly Father and my loved ones.