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Hi I'm Susan

I'm a Mormon. My husband & I have been married for 17 years and I'm a mother of 4 children, the youngest having Downs syndrome.

About Me

I am a married mother of 4 children ages 16, 12, 2 1/2 and 1 year. I'm a stay-at-home mother who who sold her online business when our youngest was born with a heart defect and Downs syndrome. As a result of his time in the hospital we have started an organization to help other familes touched by children with Downs syndrome. I still work part-time from home, run a few websites, and do my best to support my family in all of their endeavors. When I'm not working or being a full-time house-cleaner, taxi, cook, babysitter, or advocate, I love to watch my older children play their respective sports - Volleyball, Basketball, and track. I also love to red, hike, camp, play volleyball, and am training to run my first marathon next year - Big plans!!! ;) Above all, I'm constantly striving to better myself- whether it's through becoming healthier, reading good books, taking college courses, or learning new things. I find myself most fullfilled when I have accomplished something or learned something new.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family. However, I was never one to take that for granted. When I turned 8 I thought long and hard about what it ment to be Mormon and decided that this was something I wanted to be. At age 14, I read Moroni 10:4 and decided that it was time for me to finally decide if the LDS church was true. I spent several months reading the Book of Mormon from cover to cover, underlining the parts that meant something to me, and thinking often of the things that I learned from the pages of the book. When I finally finished the Book of Mormon, I knelt on my knees and prayed to my Father in Heaven out loud asking if the Book of Mormon was true. I felt the most beautiful feeling of warmth and love, mixed with head-to-toe goosebumps coarsing up and down my body. I knew in my heart that the Book of Mormon was true. From that moment on, I had a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have done my best to follow the commandments and to be the best person I can be - not only to myself but to others as well. There is much that I don't know or understand about the Gospel, and many people who are LDS that make me shake my head and wonder. But I have my own personal testimony to remind me that I am LDS because the Book of Mormon is true - not the people. Everything else is unimportant to me. I don't need to know all of the trivial facts about the history of the church, or need to have in depth discussions about some obscure fact in the scriptures to know that the LDS church is true. In fact, I find that those things deter me from what is most important in the Gospel - serving others with a Christlike love, and following the commandments to the best of MY abilities. Everything else just seems to fall into place.

How I live my faith

I've had a variety of callings throughout the years. I was Beehive (girls ages 12 & 13) President at age 12, Miamaid (girls ages 14 & 15) President @ age 14, Laurel President (girls ages 16 - 18) at age 16. As an adult I worked in the Primary (children ages 18 months - 12 years) presidency, Young Women's ( girls ages 12 - 18) Presidencies, Relief Society (women ages 18+), as a Ward Missionary, as well as a Visiting Teacher, visiting women in our ward. Currently, because of the special needs of our youngest child, I do not have a calling, but know that when the time is right, and when they ask, I will be more than happy to do whatever the ward needs me to do. The gospel is about trying to become as much like Christ as we can, and so much of his life was devoted to the service of others.

What is being a Mormon like?

Bing LDS, to me, just makes sense. You live your life trying to be the best person you can be - for yourself and to others. And that his what the Gospel teaches us: Don't lie, don't steal, be honest, don't curse, treat others with love and respect, help others when possible and don't judge. Reach your scriptures, say your prayers, value marriage, family, and all it entails, etc. I'm not perfect by any means, but I do my best to get a little better each day. Show more Show less