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Hi I'm Sue

I am a wife, mother or 5, grandmother of 11, secretary in a school district! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The things that matter the most to me are my relationship with my Heavenly Father, my husband, children, grand-children, and all of my extended family. I care most about being with them and being a part of all of their lives. I believe that my relationship with the Savior and my Heavenly Father has helped me to be most effective in all of my relationships. Being a parent and grand-parent has helped me better understand how much our Heavenly parents love us. I LOVE to cook, to create things and really enjoy doing those things with my family. I enjoy sleepovers with grandchildren, doing projects with them, swimming, golf, working out, yoga, and long road trips with my husband. We so enjoy this beautiful world that was created for our joy and we are in awe of it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was 'born into the church.' My family lived in Salt Lake until I was 13. However, my parents were not active in the church. It was pretty easy to go to church as a young girl without my family because all of my neighbors were there and I would sit with my friends. I LOVED the hymns and would always feel my Heavenly Father's love for me while I sang them. When I was in my first year of Jr. High School, we moved to Washington where my Dad was beginning a new job. It was one of the saddest times of my life up to that point, but I soon had many friends in Washington, none of them LDS. l tried going to church off and on over the next 5 years, but didn't really become active again until I was later married to someone that wasn't LDS and expecting my first child. I had really missed regular church activity and was feeling lost. I had never stopped praying and through answers to my prayers I knew that to be the best wife and mother I could be, I would need to become fully active in my church. I returned and have never stopped. I hadn't strayed very far from the gospel teachings and felt like I was coming home again. I have had very loving and helpful Bishops and other leaders that have supported and loved me all along the way. I am so very thankful for the clarity and purpose living the gospel gives me. Like most people, I have had some significant challenges. I can't imagine how I would have made it through them without the Lord's loving guidance and strength. I daily pray to be a light for others, to make my hands His hands in helping someone and in seeing them through His eyes. I love my Savior and my Heavenly Father so much and am so thankful for the way they have blessed my life.

How I live my faith

Prayer and listening to the hymns at home and in the car have been key ways that I have been able to keep the sprit with me. It helps me understand 'personal revelation' that is an ongoing guide in my life. There is a very quiet, peaceful, and small voice usually that comes into my mind telling me to do something or not to do something and when I listen and do what it says, I am blessed, and others are blessed. In our church no one is paid to do the work in the church. But almost everyone does something to move the work along. Right now I am serving in our women's group leadership. Part of my job is to help train other leaders in the women's group. We also do some women's conferences full of wonderful classes and great experiences for all of the women in our area. I LOVE serving in the church and have had alot of different 'callings.' That is what our church jobs are called, as we are called by God to serve in various capacities. My experience has been that each calling I have been given has been what Heavenly Father knew I needed at that time in my life. It is through this service that my testimony and knowledge of the gospel has grown tremendously.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Sue
One way that might help to understand what a stake, ward and branch are is to think of a school district. The stake is like the school district, with the ward or branch being like the individual schools within the school district. There is leadership over all of the wards at the stake level. The individual wards and branches are more like families that help each other and teach each other. Show more Show less