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Hi I'm Susan Martin

As a teenager, I searched for greater religious understanding, and a closer relationship to my Heavenly Father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a divorced mother of four, grandmother of four (so far!), and convert to the Church. I love spending time with my family (especially making treats with my grandkids) and friends. I enjoy teaching the gospel to others in Church, or having a discussion one on one. I love music, singing, and dancing; to me it's as necessary to life as the air we breathe. It could be rock, country, gospel or instrumental; it brings joy into my life and makes ordinary days special. I also love reading an uplifting book, and movies with happy endings. I love to make people smile and feel good about themselves. Life is hard enough without dwelling on the negative!! I hope to serve a mission someday--either with a companion, if I'm so blessed, or single; either way, I know I will never be alone. It is a small way to repay the beauty and joy that I have found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I wouldn't be where I am today without the missionaries who brought the gospel into my life.

Why I am a Mormon

In my early teens I started searching for answers to religious questions, yearned to know my Heavenly Father, and understand Christ and His Atonement better. Why would he sacrifice His life for me?? How could a God who was everywhere and nowhere all at once, with no distinct form, relate to me and my life?? When I sought answers from our Episcopal minister, I received responses like 'we can't know God, or understand His ways' or 'it's wrong to question Deity'. And yet, this was a being whom I was supposed to reverence, serve and obey. It didn't make sense to me; how could I love or serve someone I couldn't know or understand? When I met the missionaries through a friend who knew of my search, they answered all my questions clearly and directly with truth from the scriptures, and from prophets and apostles both past and present. It was like the pieces of a puzzle fitting together until the whole picture was displayed before me, complete and full. I know with all my heart that this is the Lord's church. I know that the gospel has been restored in all its fullness, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that we are led by a prophet today. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that peace and guidance can be found within its pages. We can know our Heavenly Father and feel His love for us; He knows us individually and loves each of us as His children. We can know of our Savior's love for us and know of our infinite worth. We are truly engraven on the palms of His hands! There is nothing that we suffer here on earth, whether it's physical, spiritual or emotional pain, that He has not already experienced. He has suffered in our place so that we might be able to overcome the darkest moments of our lives, and walk again in light, truth and peace. We need only turn to Him, and drop the burden at His feet. He will never leave us to walk alone; this I know from experience!

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday by looking for opportunities to serve and lift others. I have a handicapped friend who would be unable to attend the temple without help. In serving her, I have felt her strength of spirit and learned from her humble but sure testimony. So often we learn and gain more from serving than we give. Even making someone smile or just listening to them is a simple gift we can all give to someone else. I'm currently co-teaching the English gospel doctrine class in my Tongan ward, and I love getting to know people from other backgrounds and experiences, sharing their ups and downs, teaching and learning with them. One of the great things about the Church is knowing that there is always someone who cares, who's willing to help, to laugh with or to cry with. You are never alone, whatever your trial, adversity, or joy. My son served a mission in Mexico City, and although it was hard to have him away from home for so long, it was wonderful to share in the joy he felt when someone he taught came to know Christ, and to feel His love in their life. I am happy to have repaid, in a small way, those who took the time to leave their families, to reach out and teach me. My life has been enriched and changed in ways I couldn't possibly have imagined, transcending cultural boundaries, and I have found friends from all walks of life (hence, the Tongan!), proving that we are more alike than we think. I have learned to celebrate both the similarities and differences in those around me. We are all truly children of God!