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Hi I'm Suzanne

I'm a mother of three, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Breast Cancer Survivor. I love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like many of you my life is busy. Between the busyness that children bring, housework and work outside of my home, often times I feel as if I am stretching myself too thin. But, I have to admit, I love the busyness! I feel blessed to have a supportive family. Several years ago, I went back to school and earned my Master's in Social Work. I love the work that I do. Working with those on the Autism Spectrum and others with severe Learning Disabilities has taught me to be a more compassionate and less judgmental person. There is an immense sense of satisfaction that comes from helping others on a regular basis. I love to travel and see the world. I have traveled to Europe, Russia, the Mediterranean,the Caribbean and Mexico. I hope someday to visit more of our beautiful world and people. Last year I was also diagnosed with breast cancer and have had six surgeries so far. Being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer has been a challenge, both physically and emotionally. I have learned that there are only 24 hours in the day and that I need to be diligent in setting my daily priorities. Some of my favorite hobbies such as quilting and gardening have had to take the back seat of late. But that is how life is for many of us!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both converts to the church at a young age. I grew up living outside of Utah and at one point was the only Mormon in my high school. Being a Mormon was not always easy. It is hard, especially as a teenager, to be different from everyone else. But I have been blessed in my life to have had a great family and teachers who were willing to share their testimony with me and allowed me to rely on their testimony until I myself was converted to the gospel. My conversion came in my early 20's. I was working in Washington, DC at the time and my life was full of work and social activities. I was also very active in my singles ward, but felt myself being pulled away by work obligations and other social desires. There was a part of me, who was still that teenager trying to figure out how to fit in. Living the word of wisdom and living the law of chastity were difficult at best. I distinctly remember, taking an Amtrak train trip and sincerely praying to know what the Lord would have me do with my life. In my mind, I knew that I was at a cross-road. Either I would be "all-in" or "all-out". I will never forget the peaceful feeling that came over me as I prayed and knew that the Lord wanted me to be "all-in". Though it has not always been easy, I have never regretted being "all-in".

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by following the example of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was the master of observing a need and then serving the individual. Whether I am volunteering at my children's school or visiting an elderly neighbor I am aware of that I am interacting with a son or daughter of God. My calling in my current LDS congregation gives me the opportunity to observe and serve over 100 women. The challenges that many of them face on a regular basis can be daunting at times. I am constantly amazed at the resiliency and faithfulness of these wonderful women. They truly exemplify the life of our Savior. I also recognize that I make mistakes on a regular basis, but through the Atonement of Christ and his sacrifice for me all can be made whole again. I also work hard to be the best mother I can be. I feel a great responsibility to teach my children to be responsible members of society. I want them to be able to reach their potential and for them to be able to see themselves as I know God sees them.