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Hi I'm Susan

I'm a mother of five and a lawyer. I helped form a group of volunteer attorneys who help poor people. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a busy mother of five active children and my husband is a school teacher. Our time is primarily focused on our children and their many activities. My husband is the High School Student Council Advisor and so we spend many, many hours at school activites. Our teenage children attend the same school. Our house is frequently full of teenagers. Our family spends most of our free time on theater and sports. We love to attend plays. Several of our children have been very involved in theater productions. Our kids participate actively in baseball, football, soccer, basketball, softball, and we have one child with a second degree black belt and one ballroom dancer. Three of our five children are severely dyslexic. It has taken a great amount of time and energy to help them learn how to overcome and deal with this learning disability. I work part time as an attorney and educator. I've spent most of my career working with issues relating to the prevention of domestic violence and child abuse. I work primarily in the family and juvenile law area and with victim's rights.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gives my life meaning. I understand that I am not alone. I understand that despite my many weaknesses, as I try to do the best I can, I can count on the power that comes from Heavenly Father to make up for what I lack. I depend on the daily inspiration that comes from the Holy Ghost. After baptism, each member of the Church of Jesus Christ receives the Gift of the Holy Ghost through a blessing that comes by a priesthood holder. I testify that the Gift of the Holy Ghost is a very real power. It comes most frequently as a thought or an impression to do or say something that I would not ordinarily think of on my own. I know that it is from Heavenly Father because it is outside of what I would normally think. I also know by the results that the thought is from heaven. I have had many, many experiences where I was given the impression to speak to a certain person, not knowing beforehand the reason why. Upon having the conversation it becomes clear that the conversation was in answer to that person's prayer because they needed help or assistance that I could give but had been unaware that they needed. There is no greater joy than knowing you got to be a small part of helping God answer a prayer. I am grateful to understand that I do not have to be perfect to receive daily inspiration. I do know that it is important to consistently try to do better each and every day. When I study the scriptures it opens my mind, not only to the stories I'm studying, but I feel that the channel is open and I see more clearly what decisions I should make in responding to my children and in making decisions in my own life. I know that Heavenly Father does not want us to flail about with uncertainty. He wants us to know what we can be and He is there to help us as we try to do better.

How I live my faith

My faith impacts every single part of my life. I cannot imagine trying to raise children without having a firm understanding of the purpose of this life and what our long term goals really are. I use the gospel daily in teaching my children within my home. The gospel gives our family a strong foundation upon which to build our lives. My children have learned that it takes a combination of hard work and faith to overcome their learning disabilities. They have learned that they can draw on the power that comes from Heavenly Father as they face their challenges at school. I have seen numerous times that heavenly power has intervened on behalf of my children. For example, my struggling child was placed in a class where the teacher had to quit after a few weeks at the beginning of the year, but the new teacher "happened" to have unique experience with a reading program that was perfect for my child. My faith gives me perspective as I deal with the tragedies caused by domestic violence and child abuse which I see through my work as an attorney. As dark as these situations are, I see hope and opportunity as I work with each person. I have gained a testimony that Heavenly Father knows each one of his children individually and that He knows what they have gone through and He knows what they are capable of achieving.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I know that if I had not been born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, one of my primary questions would be, "Why don't we have a prophet today?" I'm so glad to know that we do have a prophet to lead us in this day. Certainly the world is in need of prophet more today than at any other time. If I weren't a memeber of this church, I would wonder how I could know that a certain man had in fact been called by God to be the prophet. Certainly those same questions have existed throughout time. Noah's neighbors didn't recognize him as a prophet, until the rains descended and only Noah was prepared. I do know that President Thomas Monson is a prophet of God today, just as others have been called as prophets throughout time. If you will study President Monson's words, you can know for yourself. The spirit of what he says will ring with truth. As you study his life and his teachings you will see how he has been prepared by a loving Heavenly Father to guide us at this time. Show more Show less