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Hi I'm Susan

I am wife, a mother of three, an Executive Assistant with a major hotel chain, a youth leader and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been happily married for 25 years. I am a mother of three children. The ages of my children span between elementary school and college. I am an Executive Assistant for a major hotel chain. Previously I was a home-based day care provider and a PTA Executive Committee member. I love to walk. Walking and swimming outdoors are my favorite summer activities. My oldest child will soon be a full time missionary. I now add Missionary Mom to my already long list of titles!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14 years old I watched a movie about a 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith. The story was about his search for the true church of God. Joseph was visited by God the Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and told that the true church was not yet on the earth. Joseph Smith was chosen to be the prophet that God would use to restore the true church to the earth. I watched the movie over and over again asking myself if the story was true. A strong, warm feeling came over me, telling me that it was true and that I was a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I was 21 years old I considered serving a full time prosyleting mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I knew I would be talking to people about my religion and would need to incorporate the doctrine of the Book of Mormon into my conversations. I felt I needed a broader understanding of the Book of Mormon, and needed a personal witness that the book was authentically the word of God. As I read the Book of Mormon each day, I received a clear understanding of the doctrine and a penetrating witness in my heart that the book was the word of God. I served a mission in Portugal and had many powerful, spiritual experiences. The experiences I had during my mission gave me a solid foundation on which I base my life today. I am grateful for the blessings the gospel of Jesus Christ brings into my daily life through membership in His true Church.

How I live my faith

I have been a youth leader for over ten years. I have worked with young women ages 12-18 as a summer camp leader, an adviser, and a secretary in our Young Women organization. I serve on the Boy Scouts of America troop committee and am active in helping boys earn merit badges. We are currently looking for projects for boys that are close to obtaining the highest rank in Scouts - EAGLE! Previously I served a term as Vice President in my elementary school PTA. Serving in these various positions has been very rewarding. It has allowed me to be a good example to the youth, organize wholesome activities, and be a positive voice in my community.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God. His birth, life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the many prophecies contained in the scriptures concerning the coming of a Savior. He was the Creator, He is our Savior, and He will be our Judge (see Isaiah 9:6, 53:3-7; Psalms 22:16-18). Under the direction of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ created the earth (John 1:10; Hebrews 1:2). When Jesus lived on the earth (approximately 2,000 years ago), He led a perfect life. He taught by word and example how people should live in love of God and others. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and by giving His life on the cross—that is, by performing the Atonement —Jesus Christ saves us from our sins (1 Peter 2:21) as we follow Him. Because of the Atonement, you can be forgiven of your sins when you sincerely repent (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 26:30). Through His Resurrection, Jesus Christ saved us from death. Because He overcame death, we will all be given the gift of resurrection, that is to say our spirits will be eternally re-united with our bodies (Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:22). When life on this earth is over, Jesus Christ will be the final Judge (Acts 17:31; John 5:21-22; Acts 10:42). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

God is perfect, all wise, and all-powerful; the ruler of the universe. He is also merciful, kind, and just. He is our Father in Heaven. We are created in His image (Genesis 1:27). He has a body that looks like ours, but God’s body is immortal, perfected, and has a glory that words can’t describe. Because we are His children, He knows and loves each of us individually. He has a plan to help His children find joy in this life and return to live with Him when this life is over. Show more Show less