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Hi I'm Suzy

I have been a student, a soldier, & a missionary. I am an artist, a poet, a gardener, a wife & a mother of 5, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with a wonderful family that always loved me. I have five sisters. Our family moved a lot when I was a child. We lived all over the Western United States, and even spent some time in American Samoa. There were many changes, but we always had each other, and no matter where we moved, the LDS Church was always the same--full of welcoming, friendly, wonderful people that embraced us as soon as we arrived. I always loved school, and did well there. I was able to graduate high school at the top of my class. My father had been the valedictorian of his high school, too, so it made me very happy to be able to follow in his footsteps. I studied at Ricks, BYU, and Utah State, eventually earning a Fine Arts Degree. I also served for eleven years in the Army Reserves. I met my husband, Jared, at a regional church activity when we were both teenagers. We wrote letters to each other for six and a half years. After we had both completed our missions, we were married in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. We now live in a rural town in Northern Utah. I am glad that I am able to stay home full time to raise our five wonderful children.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the LDS Church. I have always loved it. My faith in my Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ has provided a stable core to my life, and the greatest blessings that I have in my life have stemmed from that faith. My membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been my greatest source of guidance and joy, for myself and my family. It is a priceless heritage that I hope that I can live up to. Even if a person is born and raised in a particular religion, that person must at some point make a personal choice about whether or not they share the faith of their parents, about whether or not they will continue membership throughout their adult lives. I can't think of single life event that has led to my continued activity, but rather there are many bright points along the way, lighting the path. One of the greatest tests that I faced was when I left the shelter of Ricks College (an LDS Church school) to complete my military training in South Carolina when I was 19. I had to rely on my own testimony and faith, far away from my family with people that had never even heard of my church. I did my best, and had the wonderful experience of having one of my friends choose to go to church with me, and then choose to be baptized. I love the way it feels to read the scriptures. I love the Bible, and the Book of Mormon, and I love reading the modern revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. I love the way it feels when the prophet walks into the room, the way a hush falls over the vast congregation. I have had the privilege of shaking hands with three of the Apostles, and I can never forget the witness that I felt each time, deep down in my bones, that they were true witnesses of Jesus Christ. I am so blessed to have the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as part of my life. It is my life. All that is good in my life comes from God the Father and my Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I loved attending church with my family growing up. I loved participating in youth activities. One of my greatest dreams growing up was to someday be a sister missionary, just like my mother, and her mother before her. Being able to pin on that black name tag and serve a full time mission in Australia was one of the greatest privileges that I have experienced in my life. My great challenge now is to pass on the faith and heritage that I have enjoyed to my five beloved children. I am glad that I was able to be married in the temple, and that we can have the chance to be together as a family forever, even after death, if we keep the promises that we made to God in the temple. We strive each day to do the little things that add up to a faithful life: daily personal and family prayer, reading the scriptures, striving to be kind and patient with each other, trying to have Family Home Evening each week so that we can spend time together and teach the gospel to one another. I try to be open to grasping the little teaching opportunities that come with daily life. I enjoy attending church each week with my family. I enjoy being a visiting teacher, where I can visit other women in the church and build stronger friendships with them as we discuss the gospel and how it applies to our lives. I enjoy singing in the choir. I enjoy searching out family history, and I love to attend the temple. The temples are such peaceful and beautiful places, and I have had such rich spiritual experiences beyond the temple doors.