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Hi I'm Susan Carter Allen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being raised on ranches in Montana and Wyoming gave me a love of working and being outdoors and soaking in the beauty there. Teaching children art is perhaps my favorite thing to do. My family consists of five children and ten grandchildren with fascinatingly different personalities.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first of all because I was raised LDS. Going through life, I discovered this is not reason enough. So I undertook to pray and study out on my own each of several crucial questions: Is there a god? Are the scriptures true and His word? Is Jesus truly His son and our god? Is the Book of Mormon His word and scripture and true? Are there really prophets who god speaks through? Is Joseph Smith a prophet? Are there prophets now? I have learned that these are questions of the spirit and not of the intellect; thus they are answered through the spirit and not just the intellect. Also that to receive an answer to our spirit we must sincerely ask and be in a receptive place to accept truth with the intent to obey it. One by one these questions have been answered through time and listening carefully. The answers have come. These things are true.

How I live my faith

Because I have been given so much, I try to share my time and talents and energy. I play the piano and organ at church. That is a joy! I keep studying the scriptures to learn how the Lord asks us and shows us how to live, so I can learn to DO IT, not just read or talk about it. That's a long term challenge!

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Susan Carter Allen
As I have studied carefully the histories of my ancestors who practiced plural marriage to answer this question for myself I have observed that without plural marriage at that particular time in their lives several things would have happened. Because of the extreme hardships they were going through in moving from New York to Ohio to Missouri to Illinois to Utah, there would have been children without mothers or fathers starving or without shelter. There would have been women without husbands to be equally yoked in their new beliefs and without protection from starvation and other terrific challenges specific to the great migration and colonization. The individual stories of my great, great, great grandmothers and fathers make this graphically clear. Show more Show less