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Hi I'm Susan

I'm a native Southerner. I homeschool and live in a house full of boys. I like to bake, crochet, and cross-stitch. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an Alabama native but have also lived in Arkansas and Georgia. I married my best friend from college, and together we have 4 sons. We are a homeschooling family. I have a BS in microbiology and worked in food safety research until my oldest child was born, but I've been a stay-at-home mom ever since he arrived. I cook and bake a lot from scratch and clip coupons so that I can afford to stay home with my children. In my free time, I enjoy cross-stitch, crocheting, reading, walking around the neighborhood, and spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the church during my preschool-aged years, and I don't really remember much of life before that. My father's religious beliefs were a bit different, and while he never really encouraged me to participate in church activities, he never held me back either. Mom was very faithful in church attendance following her baptism, and I came with her and mostly enjoyed attending the children's classes there. I remember having a strong desire to be baptized a member of the church when I was 8 years old, and that is one decision in my life that I have never regretted. When I was a young teenager, one of my youth leaders challenged me to read the entire Book of Mormon for the first time, just 15 minutes a day until I made it all the way through. It took me a number of months to finish the book at that slow pace, but eventually I did reach my goal and prayed to Heavenly Father for a confirmation that the Book of Mormon was true. The whole process was a great experience for me. I didn't understand everything that I had read, but being faithful in studying the scriptures each day brought a sense of peace and happiness into my life that I hadn't before experienced long-term. I knew that the Book of Mormon had to be true, simply based on how frequently I felt the Holy Ghost as a result of reading it. And if the Book of Mormon was true, then Joseph Smith had to be a true prophet, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had to be God's church here on earth. My college years were another milestone for me. I participated in a student scripture study class while at Auburn University, and I was blessed to have a fabulous teacher who taught me so much about God's love for everyone, especially for ME. God knows me and loves me and wants to bless me! I can show my love for Him by keeping the commandments.

How I live my faith

Every day I strive to teach my 4 sons the importance of making right choices and of letting God be a part of their lives. I know they are watching me, and setting a good example of righteous living for them is crucial for their spiritual development. Our family makes it a priority to attend church together every Sunday. In recent years I have voluntarily served in our congregation's children's Sunday school program, both as a pianist and as a teacher of 4-6 year olds. Before putting the kids to bed at night, we strive to read the scriptures together as a family and also to pray together. Right now we're reading the New Testament together, verse by verse, and it's thrilling to see the kids take an interest and willingly participate. They don't understand much of what they read, but they are establishing a habit of scripture study, something I hope they will continue throughout their lives.