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Hi I'm Susan

I'm a Mormon. I have two beautiful daughters and a fabulous husband!

About Me

I attended the University of Washington after growing up on a sheep ranch in Idaho. I became a high school teacher and assistant principal. I began the program for gifted and talented students in my district and loved working with great teachers and students. My husband and I have two beautiful and talented daughters. One is an attorney and the other is a doctor of physical therapy. They each married amazing returned missionaries who served in Brazil. Each daughter has 3 children. These 6 grandchildren are the joys of our lives. My husband and I love to sail, ski, garden, travel, and serve others. It is a privilege for me to serve in the temple with faithful sisters. I love to exercise, read, and study the scriptures. I have been in the same book club for over 30 years!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon pioneer family. My heritage is strongly rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My great grandfather was sent by Brigham Young to settle in the Teton Valley. He was very active in building the canal system in that region. Another great grandfather immigrated from Scotland and settled in the Bear Lake area. My father was never active in the Church, but I had a very faithful mother who was active. My mom is 88 and still does her visiting teaching. Her example of service is one of the things that has kept me rooted in the Gospel. I have read The Book of Mormon many times. I know that it is true. If the Book of Mormon is true then the Church must be true. I have taught Seminary and that experience gave me the opportunity to explore the Gospel in depth. The Gospel is so logical. God the Father and his only "begotten" Son are two separate beings. This seems absolutely so logical to me. I cannot picture them any other way. The opportunity I have to serve in the temple reinforeces my conviction that the Church is true. The Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Book of Mormon speak of temples. Why would we not need temples in this day as described in the Doctrine and Covenants. I am a Mormon because I have studied, pondered, and prayed about the Plan of Salvation. I cannot deny God's infinite plan. It is true. I have a purpose. I know where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going. This knowledge has given my life purpose and direction.

How I live my faith

Serving in the Church is very important to me. I have several callings. I serve at least one day a week in the temple. I coordinate the schedule for my shift which takes several hours of preparation outside of the temple. I love serving in the temple. It is my favorite day of the week! I also am the Stake Seminary Supervisor. This means that I am the liason between the early morning Seminary teachers and the Stake Presidency. I make sure the teachers have supplies, and I plan the in-service meetings. I also plan Seminary Scripture Mastery Bowl. At this event students answer questions about the scriptures they are studying; for example, this year they are studying The Old Testament. I also plan Seminary Graduation each year. I teach the temple preparation class in our ward, and I teach the Teaching for our Times lesson in Relief Society, which is the women's group of our Church. I am a visiting teacher. This means that I visit 4 sisters each month. Each of these women knows they can ask me for help at any time. Three of the women I visit teach are not active in the Church. These four women are dear friends. We have fabulous neighbors, and I love to associate with them. I serve the Friends of the Library in my community, and I am active in other community activities. Everyone knows that I am a Mormon.