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Hi I'm Susan

I'm married to my favorite person in the whole world, I'm a mother of six, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a wife and a mother. I love being a wife because I am married to the greatest man (for me) in the world. I enjoy every minute I can steal away with my husband. We recently celebrated our 22nd Anniversary and spent all day in the Seattle temple. I gave birth to six kids in eight years ( we obviously didn't do very well in the "family planning" category of life). Anyway, they are here now and we love them all. My kids, 3 boys and 3 girls, bring me great joy. Now, my kids are tween to twenty and life is a little easier than when they were small. I am the office manager, bookkeeper, billing person, and President of our small business. It is very difficult juggling family and work, but each day I get up, make my schedule (which is interrupted and changed every day), pray, read my scriptures, and keep moving forward. I believe that the Lord is in charge of this world and if I put my life in his hands, I cannot fail.   I make time, almost every day, to either lift weights or walk or run. I enjoy all 3, and usually do a combination of two of those. Right now, I have no transportation, so I'm doing a lot of walking. I'm enjoying those "oh I forgot to put that on my list" errands more and more. Washington is beautiful and those walks can be breathtaking. It is probably obvious that I love life, but I am not void of challenges. I have a disablity that I deal with every day and it gets very discouraging. It helps me to know that God is there for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a mormon home and I grew up as a memeber of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I definately have my own "conversion" story. When I was young, I relied heavily on the testimony of my parents. They both were baptized when they were young, but did not attend church growing up. My dad joined the church 10 years after he and my mom were married and eventually they were sealed in the temple. I was child number 5 and a suprise baby. My parents had very strong testimonies. I saw my mother reading her scriptures every day and my dad held many callings where he served diligently. I believed the church was true when I was young because they did and I trusted them. At 16, I truly became "converted". I was a wayward child and gave my parents a lot of grief. It came to the point when I was 16, that I had to choose between two lives. I was heavily depressed. I began to pray. Not just repetitive prayers, but really pray. I began to listen at church. I began to read my scriptures and search them. Slowly, I gained my own testimony and eventually could say, "I know the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. Today I have a very strong testimony of the truth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know without a doubt that it is true. I know that we have a Father-in-Heaven who loves us and is constantly watching over us. I know that Jesus is the Christ, that He was born of Mary in Bethlehem, that He lived and served every day of his life on this earth. I know that he suffered for me and you in the Garden of Gethsemane, and died for us on the cross. I love Him with all of my heart and look forward to the day He comes again. I also know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God. I have learned so much by studying it's pages. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that we have a true prophet today, who is President Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

I don't belong to any organization in the community, however I do my best to smile at everyone possible. I love people, I think that everyone has a story and I wish I knew every one. People are so interesting to me. I believe that every person's name should be sacred in my house and in every conversation. I serve in the meetinghouse library in my church and I play piano also. It is fun to serve in the Library, because I help a lot of members who need copies or pictures, or videos. It's also nice to take a minute and find out how someone's doing, or have a short conversation. I love being a visiting teacher. I visit or call the ladies I serve every month. I am not always 100 percent, but I try to be. I want to become a great visiting teacher. I believe that we all want someone to love and care about us. I truly love and care about the ladies I visit. I would do anything to help them. I am so happy to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My "conversion" was the best thing that ever happened to me. I want everyone in this world to have the happiness that I do.