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Hi I'm Susan.

I'm a chemist-turned-attorney, wife and mom, recently returned to horseback riding too. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life can be described as "crazy busy", but it is filled with joy. I work full time as an attorney for a large university medical center and come home to be full-time mom to two great kids (not yet teenagers, thank goodness! ;) and full-time wife to my husband. My husband was a social studies teacher and social worker, but we were committed to having a parent home with the kids, so he is now a stay-at-home dad. I love my family and love being with them. I also love horse-back riding and after 40 years without, I finally have a horse again and am working with her on learning Western Pleasure and trail riding skills. If any spare moment comes my way, my nose will be buried in a book--I love to read (as does my family . . . we have literally thousands of books in our house! History, military science, science fiction, adventure, mystery . . . you name it, we probably have it!)

Why I am a Mormon

I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints after a long period of seeking--and remain because of the blessings I receive being a Mormon and the peace it brings to my life. I was christened a Methodist, but my parents were not religious and we did not attend services. I was always vaguely christian (it was not uncommon when I was growing up that real christmas carols were taught in schools) but didn't really know what that meant. Beginning in my teen years, I began seeking a faith I could believe in, attending services off-and-on over the years in Catholic, Baptist, Evangelical, Presbytarian and "non-denominational" churches. I joined the church in my early 20's, but fell into inactivity shortly thereafter. In retrospect, I don't believe I had a testimony of the truth of the church at that time. Many years later, I married (at age 40) and had a child (age 43) and I realized our responsibility to teach this precious soul how to be a moral and good person. We sporadically attended the local LDS church for pragmatic reasons--I believed in the values taught by the church and consistently lived by the members. My husband was a definite skeptic, but came to be with us. This continued several years and we became more regular in attendance. The study of the Book of Mormon during Gospel Doctrine class had me at war with myself . . . how could this religion get so much *right* and yet be based on this book, which alternately touched and alienated me? To my astonishment, my husband experienced a dramatic spiritual event that confirmed to him that the Book of Mormon was true and he was baptized. We made a commitment to go to the temple to be sealed as a family and began strictly to live the principles of the gospel that we had been learning. In that year, I finally got my own testimony of the truth of the gospel. A year after my husband's baptism, we were sealed together as a family. I'm a Mormon because it is the True Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am lucky to be able to serve in many ways. Moms and wives, of course, serve all the time (I think it's in the definition! ;). As an attorney, I help my clients solve problems and stay out of trouble so they can do the wonderful things they do (taking care of patients, doing research to find cures for diseases, teaching the soon-to-be doctors, nurses, etc.). As a visiting teacher, I write letters every month, reaching out to some sisters who no longer attend services, offering friendship, a shoulder, and being willing to help if they ever need it. Until recently, every Sunday I taught the 5-7 year olds in Primary (what other churches I went to call Sunday School) and it totally uplifts me to be helping these wonderful, active spirits learn about Heavenly Father's plan for them. (I am also grateful that there are other teachers who are helping my own children to learn these important lessons.) Now my task is to help the members of our ward work on their personal preparedness for emergencies, and to help the ward be prepared to help its members in the event of various potential emergencies (we're Florida, so we get hurricanes and wildfires . . . but there's always something! ;) Most of all, I try to live as Christ would want me to. That means to really care about all the human beings I come in contact with, to treat them well, and kindly, to help out. In that I am always seeking to follow the example of our prophet, Thomas S. Monson. Though I am nowhere near as effective as he is, I keep in mind his request to "Find someone having a hard time and help them out." and try to do so whenever I can.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Susan.
In my experience, Mormon women are the strongest, most talented, most together and awesomest group of women around! I am constantly humbled by the talents and accomplishments of the women in our church. I have heard some non-members speculate that Mormon women are considered "second-class citizens" and that they are submissive. When one said as much to a (male, non-member) friend of mine, he laughed out loud and said, "Whoever said *that* doesn't know many Mormon women!" The women I know are strong, capable and principled. They have the strength to know that the gospel is true and the strength to live its principles in the face of the challenges and obstacles that modern life puts in the way of living righteously. Men and women are equal, but have different roles. It's a mistake to think that a focus on "traditional" family organization somehow diminishes women. Nor are all Mormon families identical. My husband and I agreed on the importance of a stay-at-home parent. While I would have loved to stay home with our children, it was my husband's salary that we could sacrifice, so he stayed home. We are both parents and we work hard to agree on family goals and to live our lives in harmony (not easy for two strong characters!). Focusing on actively living the gospel brings us into harmony and enriches our lives. Show more Show less