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Hi I'm Suzy!

I'm a convert to the Church, a wife, a mother, a grammy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My decision to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made all the difference in my life. I was 22, not living worthy standards that would lead a person to a lifetime of fulfillment and happiness, and knew I was heading for a big "train wreck" but didn't know what was missing or how to find it. I was raised in a warm home with parents who loved and were devoted to each other and three sisters who are some of my very best friends. We were brought up attending a Protestant church every Sunday but I had questions--you know, the big questions: who am I? why am I here? where am I going??? After a painful break-up with a long-time boyfriend, I had a friend I worked with who shared the Gospel with me and she invited me to meet with the missionaries. Before we began, she lined me up with a guy who took me out and, on our first date, told me the story of the Plan of Salvation and I knew it was true. It was that simple and the rest of the story was just a course of aligning that knowledge with all the other truths of the Gospel and this has taken the rest of my life. Now, a generation has passed, I have been married and been sealed to a good man for over 30 years, we have raised five faithful children, and we are expecting the birth of our 7th grandchild this spring. Problems? Yes, of course we have them BUT I know who I am, know that the Savior, Jesus Christ, loves me, knows my name and am so thankful for all of my blessings. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because I know it's true. When you have a certain knowledge of a thing and that thing is good, that is a gift from God. I have spent the last 33 years realizing what the purpose of this time we have on earth is and even if we live to be 100, it is just a short space of time! This earth life is a probationary time we are given to show we are willing to be obedient and live our Heavenly Father's commandments. I know that we all lived before this life as spirit children of our Heavenly Father and that we agreed to come here to be tried and tested. When we came to earth we were given a body to house our spirits and much of the challenge of this life is learning how to treat our bodies as the temples they are. After our short stay on earth, we are released from this difficulty and our bodies and spirits are once again separated by physical death but then there is the great promise of a resurrection when our bodies and spirits will once again come together again in perfect form! We have son who lost a finger in an accident and, even though it is just a small member of his body, it has made the hope of the resurrection more real and important for me!

How I live my faith

I love being a wife and mother and being a grammy is the bomb-diggety! Staying in my children's lives is important to me and I work on it every day. I live my faith by striving to learn more about our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ on a daily basis. Our local church community is called a ward and much of my life revolves around my membership in this ward. It is like a small microcosm of society, a congregation. We are all "saints" trying to help each other on a daily basis. Right now, in my ward, I work with the young children, ages 18 months to their 12th birthdays. I love the children and love to teach the Gospel through simple principles and truths. The thing that is so beautiful about children is their simple faith and I know that becoming more like a little child is something I need to improve in my own life every day. Music has always been important to me. My mother had the most beautiful voice and I was raised singing in choirs both at school and in church. Another woman in the ward and I have lead our ward choir for the past 12 years and have made many lifetime friendships but also have had my testimony of the Gospel strengthened because of the beautiful melodies and words of the hymns and the songs we have learned. It has taken me a long time to learn how to be a good visiting teacher. A visiting teacher is a woman in a ward who is "called" to watch over a few of God's other choice women in the ward, making sure she is well both physically and spiritually. Being a visiting teacher has become such a rich blessing for me and it is because these women are really a part of my life, sometimes almost on a daily basis. We talk together, laugh together and cry together and now, as our nest has become empty (my husband even works out of state) they are my friends and companions and I love them. At home, I live my faith through scripture study and prayer, making my home a place the spirit can dwell and treating the members of my family kindly.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Suzy!
Everything we have, all blessings, come from the Lord. If you sit down and make a list of your blessings, it will be very long--maybe even pages. The meaning of tithe is "tenth" and, in Malachi 3:8-10, the Lord has asked us to give back to the Lord one-tenth of our increase (or income) to show our gratitude for our blessings. It is a very small amount, really. In my life, the honest payment of tithing has virtually kept our family afloat during tough times, brought us peace and great happiness. I am personally very grateful for the Law of Tithing. Show more Show less