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Hi I'm Susie

I grew up in Northern California. I am a mother, a sister, and a wife. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California during the 1950's with Beaver's Cleaver Family. My joy in life is being a new wife, a mom, and a grandmother. I am running a new business at a time when I thought I would be retired. I started college when I was 45 years old and completed my AA, BA and my masters degree in 5 years. I worked 20 years as a marraiage and family therapist in California then retired and moved to Arizona. I am the mother of 5, grandmother of 13, and great-grandmother of 1.

Why I am a Mormon

I had no religious background growing up but I was always drawn to spiritual things and investigated many religions. I married very young and the man I married was an inactive Mormon. I knew nothing about the religion but was very receptive when I was invited to hear the missionary discussions. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God when I read the Book of Mormon. The Church has been the perfect place to raise my children and give me the spiritual foundation I needed to guide me throughout my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving as a Service Missionary at the LDS Employment Resource Center 6.5 hours a week. In this work I help any who are trying to find a job secure employment and strengthen their resume` and presentation papers.  My husband and I will serve here for 1 year. Throughout my life in the Church I have visited those with special needs and have taught religious classes. When my children were growing up in California I served on my local school board for 5 years. It has always been important to me to volunteer in my local community. As I am older now I mostly do my community service by visiting the sick, attending the Temple, encouraging my family in the areas of family history, food storage and emergency preparedness. I love attending church each week - especially Fast and Testimony Meetings. Watching General Conference on television in April and October always inspires and motivates me. It seems a miracle I can watch and listen to a living prophet of God.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Susie
A ward or branch is the local unit of the church. This is the place where members have the opportunity to develop friendships and to help one another. We get support and lessons on the scriptures and how to improve our family relationships. Our Heavenly Father expects us to lift and serve one another in this life. This is the principle behind a volunteer clergy. The local leader of a ward or branch calls on various members on the ward/branch to volunteer their services in teaching and leading the other members. We all donate our time and thus are able to lift and serve on another. The leaders seek divine guidance in making these callings. We who have been called to also seek divine guidance in fulfilling our positions. We each try to follow the teachings of an ancient prophet who taught that when we are baptized we "are willing to bear one another's burdens, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort." (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18:8-9). Through our volunteer service, members lift one another's burdens and express our love to one another. Show more Show less