Hi I'm Susie
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.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
Mormons do family history and genealogy work to link themselves and all of their kindred dead as a huge extended family unit. We believe that families are eternal and that we will live again with those who have gone on before us. If we are going to be an eternal family unit we need to find as many of our family members as we can and see that the saving ordinances they may have not completed for themselves before they died can be performed. Every one of them will have the option of accepting those ordinances and the Gospel or not. But in doing all of this research and temple work we are able to unite our families into an eternal family unit.
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.