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Hi I'm Susan.

I'm a Mormon. I converted from Judaism when in my twenties. I learned my place in both mortality and in the eternities.

About Me

I grew up as a traditional Jew, meaning I didn't know a whole lot about my religion. When a good friend from college joined the church, my interest was piqued. After encounters with the Jehovah's Witnesses and a Born Again Christian, I received the first discussion and knew that it was true. I lost my husband to leukemia eight years ago, but take great comfort in the fact that we are sealed in the Temple and that we will be together again someday. The Lord continues to guide my life from day to day, through all sorts of of unexpected trials and adversities. Yet my faith in the "bigger picture" helps me survive these difficulties. I stay close to the scriptures and listen to our leaders, but I am far from a "blindly following sheep". I pray to know what I should do and rely on personal revelation to guide me. My interests other than an ongoing study of church doctrine are family history work, classical music and ballet and keeping up with current trends in scienctific research. I love the fellowship of the church.

Why I am a Mormon

There is no doubt that I was one of the fortunate people who was prepared to hear the gospel. During my first discussion with the missionaries, it was as if the password to a file in my mind was opened and knowledge flowed in. I have a firm testimony of our pre-existence, the reason for our mortal life and that we will have great opportunities in the eternities to progress as families. I tease people and say that I've learned more about being a Jew since I became a Mormon than I knew when I was a Jew. An increasing understanding of the Old and New Testament in conjuction with the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price put the missing pieces together. I absolutely love studying the doctrines of the gospel as this helps me draw nearer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. Temple work provides vital links to our ancestors. I am from Russian Jewish ancestry, so when I joined the Church in 1976, I didn't hold out much hope of tracing our ancesty past those relatives who had moved to the United States. Today, we have records from Latvia and Lithuania tracing some of our lines back to the 1750s. This is truly the Lord's work on the earth. I have had the opportunity to teach all age groups over the years, but take particular pride in how my grandchildren have knowledge and testimonies in the teens that far exceed even my son't progress at that point. One of the other reasons that I find the church so appealing is that there is an organization for everyone. We all have a place in God's plan where we reach across to help others while they shout encouragement to us.

How I live my faith

Since my conversion, I have always been a full participant in the faith. This is a lay ministry, so all work is voluntary. My piano skills have put me to work over the years providing music for sacrament meetings, stake and ward choirs and, my favorite, playing for the children in our Primary, which is for ages 18 months to 12 years. Working with teenagers has its challenges, but is very rewarding when you look back and see the success of young men and women that you teach. I have also had the opportunity to organize large youth conferences and service projects. Visiting Teaching, a progam of the women's organization of the church gives me many opportunities to serve my brothers and sisters in the ward. Sometimes it's as simple as listening to someone who is having difficulties. Sometimes it is something more concrete, like cleaning a home when the Mother is ill. Service is the mainstay of living the gospel. "When we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are only in the service of our God." (Book of Mormon,Mosiah 2:17) I take my responsibility to be the Lord's eyes, ears and hands in serving his sons and daughters, my borthers and sisters.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I grew up in the Adirondacks of northern New York State when it was still pristeen and unpolluted. The vastness of God's creations was always an integral part of my being. How you can look at the grandeur of the mountains and lakes, hear the loons calling in the early morning, see beautiful sunrises and sunsets and not see God's hand in them. I love studying birds and general animal behavior. I love cats and from them, I learn what unconditional love means. Great music moves me and I marvel at the talents that the Lord has spread out among his children, that we might inpire and edify one another. Show more Show less