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Hi I'm Susan!

I'm a Texan. I'm a composer. I'm a violinist. I'm a conductor. I'm a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four children, two boys and two girls, and I have a wonderful husband. I play the violin, piano, guitar, and I sing. I like to compose music in my spare time, from solos, to choirs, to symphonies. I currently conduct annual community performances of Handel's "Messiah." I currently play in a local symphony and I love music! I also like to play sports: volleyball, basketball, softball, etc. I love hiking, camping, and being outdoors. I love doing anything that let's me use my creativity. I used to teach violin and piano lessons privately, but now that I have four children I teach my children. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches what I believe. I believe in a loving Heavenly Father, who is God, I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He lives, I believe that there are still living prophets on the Earth today, I believe that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet and has been called of God, I believe that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and restored Christ's church in these the latter days, I believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and is another testimony and witness of Jesus Christ as is the Holy Bible, I believe that the Priesthood authority and power which existed in Christ's time still exists today, I believe that revelation exists today and that I can receive personal answers to my prayers, I believe that families can be together forever, I believe that we are on this Earth to prove ourselves to our Heavenly Father and to progress spiritually, and I believe that I am a child of God. Even though all of these things make sense to me, I know them to be true because I have prayed about them, and have felt time and time again the the Holy Ghost as it bears witness to me of God's truths here upon the Earth. The Holy Ghost has warned me in times of danger, the Holy Ghost has comforted me in times of sadness, and the Holy Ghost sends me such overpowering feelings when truth is being taught. With so much confusion and chaos in the world today, I feel happy and joy by living the way Christ would have me live. I know I am not perfect, but I keep trying my best and keep trying to live as Jesus would have me live. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true church upon the Earth today. I have prayed about it, I have read the scriptures, and I know this to be true. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who has given me a way to return to him, to be with my family forever, to be a part of his gospel and church, and to have true joy.

How I live my faith

One thing I like about our church, is that everyone serves each other as volunteers, not as a paid clergy or through paid positions. At church, I am in charge of the music in our area, called a Stake. I teach those who are in charge of the music in smaller units, called wards, how to improve their choirs and music in their wards. I also organize annual performances of Handel's "Messiah" every year. Even though our Stake at church hosts this event, it is a community wide event that all are welcome to participate in through the adult choir, the full orchestra, or the youth & children's choirs that sing before each "Messiah" performance. Sometimes I get asked to conduct youth choirs, teach songs at camp outs, teach children music during church, or help arrange musical numbers (solos, duets, quartets, choirs) for church events. I like to compose and arrange music so sometimes I'll write music for these events. I also am a Visiting Teacher. Every person in our church has a Visiting Teacher or Home Teacher; I have them too. We teach each other, on a monthly basis, messages about Christ or his teachings. This is also a wonderful way to help meet the needs of the other people at church. If the people I Visit Teach are sick or have other needs, I will volunteer to help whether it's with meals, watching children, helping someone move, or through other ways. My Visiting Teachers and Home Teachers do the same for me when I am in need. It's a wonderfully inspired way to make sure everyone's needs are being met and so we can all help each other. Our church also has a lot of service opportunities that I like to participate in. Each year our Stake has a Service Fair in which we can help with all sorts of service projects from donating blood, to making blankets for babies, to sorting clothes to donate to those in need, to making freezer meals, etc. I love that I can help others through these service opportunities.