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Hi I'm Susan

I grew up in Utah, but spent four years in Saudi Arabia and would love to return to that fascinating country. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to a local college to become a nurse and Emergency Medical Technician, and returned in my 50s to get a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. It was while working at an ambulance company (I was actually outside painting the building) when my future husband came to interview for a job. We were married in 1980 and have four wonderful children. I enjoy doing about anything- making jewelry, camping, scuba diving, and creating stories, music and puppet plays. I am very grateful for the life-experiences I have had. The most incredible was a visit to the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem where I learned through the Holy Spirit that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is absolutely real. Other life-changing experiences include scuba diving in the Red Sea where I saw some of the most amazing scenery God has even created, and working as a nurse with the elderly. I currently work in a public library, and enjoy putting on storytimes for preschoolers. I am truly blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

This is the only church on earth that makes any sense to both my spiritual sense and my rational mind. It explains where we have come from, and why we are on earth, and why this life can be so difficult or so wonderful. It gives a clear and glorious vision of our possible destiny- not to sit on a cloud with a harp forever in mindless bliss, or to return to earth again and again with no understanding of what we are going through, or to just disappear into eternal nothingness at death. All humans have the capacity to become like our glorious Heavenly Father and share HIs glory with our family members and beloved friends. It is what God desires of us. God has provided this plan for everyone- those who have suffered unfairly will be compensated with mercy. Those who never knew God will be taught and allowed their choice as well after they die. Countless experiences of feeling my love of my Heavenly Father and his Son have assured me that they are there. I have heard some say that you cannot "prove" that God exists. That is incorrect. One can prove that God exists, but only to himself by study, prayer and the personal communication that comes from Him. Isn't it worth the time to find out for yourself?

How I live my faith

I have had the chance to serve in many positions in the lay clergy of my church, and each one has been a chance for personal growth, as well as a chance to serve. I have taught religious lessons to children, teens and adults. I have served in leadership roles, been on a committee that organized church social events and currently teach our women's classes- known as "Relief Society," and keep track of the music files our choirs use. The chance to serve in these assigned duties, and watch for service opportunities outside them, feeds my soul and brings me joy. I love to delve into the scriptures and find deep meaning there. The gospel of Jesus Christ is so simple that a child can understand the basics, but so full that a person can spend their whole life studying it and still find new and amazing insights. I plan on going on a mission with my husband when we retire, so I can tell others about the plan that God has for all His children.