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Hi I'm Susan

I'm a wife, a mother of grown children, and a grandmother. I'm a homemaker and a genealogist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small, loving family. I can't remember a time when family wasn't the most important thing to me. Even as a small child I would beg my grandparents to tell me stories of when they grew up. In addition to loving my family, I enjoy a variety of things. I love to swim (used to compete when I was young), garden, do yard work, teach teenagers, walk my dog, rehab our house. I was fortunate to find and marry a wonderful man when I was still young. We had 6, raised 5 children. Like so many in the world, we know the sorrow of burying an infant. My husband and I have moved many times. We've had the opportunity to meet people and learn about "cultures" all over the US (where we've met people from all over the world). In most of the places we've had to buy older, run-down homes, because it was what we could afford. On the bright side, we gained alot of skills, and our children learned to work right along side of us. They've all turned into terrific and skilled adults and we enjoy spending time with them when we can. In every free moment, I do genealogy research. It doesn't matter to me who I am finding. They don't have to be in my "family"- I'm just as excited to help anyone find someone. We're all children of God- so they are all family to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 14 when I first heard about the church. I didn't know anything about them except that the family I knew who were Momons had a big family and they seemed happy. I decided to visit a local church and I felt like I'd come home. I grew up believing in God and that life didn't end when we died. My grandfather and my uncle both had died and come back. Neither were particularly religious or pious- they were good people but not extraordinary in religious duty. But they both gave the same report. It's beautiful, don't ever be afraid to die. I often wondered about what they were doing and what life was like for them after they did pass on. My grandfather passed on that year that I was 14. The Lord knew of my troubled heart and sent me comfort. When I first visit a Mormon church I felt like I had come home. It was 4 more years before I could join. My parents forbid it. So, at 18, I left home so I could join the church. While it seemed that I had to sacrifice everything (my family disowned me, and I gave up a full-tuition college scholarship), I have received so much more in blessings from the Lord. Learning of the fullness of the gospel gave me the perpective I needed to understand what my heart knew was true. I learned that families can be forever- that we will be able to be with those we love if we choose to qualify for that. It helped me understand my passion for genealogy, and the help I receive through inspiration to find people and make sure that all the children in a family have been found.

How I live my faith

I think most of how I live my faith is just in the everyday small choices. I try to take good care of my body, because it's a gift from my loving Heavenly Father. I keep learning new things because I know that my knowlege will always be a part of me. I spend a lot of time learning about gardening to better understand this earth, which was also a gift from a loving Heavenly Father. My husband and I both are trying to do what the Savior would have us do. We do whatever we are asked to in church service, even if it's not convenient. We try to be thrifty, and to be prepared for emergencies- both for ourselves and so we can help others. We try to be careful about what we watch, listen to and read - I don't want to pollute my mind. We try to read from our scriptures and pray every day, in addition to attending church every Sunday. When I am discouraged, hurt, or angry, I know that I can turn to the Savior. If I take the time to open my scriptures, then I feel better faster. I really love reading the Book of Mormon. I don't always remember to do that right away, and sometimes I wallow a bit before taking that direction. I'm sure I'd be much happier if I always remembered that path first! I'm certainly not perfect- not even close. But, I do feel joy most of the time. I also feel satisfied that I've been trying to do my best. I'll never be anyone of fame or fortune, but having a loving family really fills my heart with peace and happiness. The rest just doesn't matter. I guess that's one of the nice things about gettting older- you have a better perspective of what really is important in life. Money, power, fame- those aren't it. Having a worthy character and loving relationships with God, family and friends- those are what matter to me.