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Hi I'm Susan

I have lived all over the U. S.. I taught school for twenty-five years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wonderful husband of twenty-five years brought five children to our marriage. I love them all, and the fourteen grandchildren they have given us. Though it hasn't always been easy being a stepmom, I would not trade this experience for anything. I taught math and science for most of my teaching career, though my college degrees were in music and horticulture. My husband and I served a mission to Chile after we retired. It took me 10 years taking one class at a time to get a degree in horticulture, so you know I love gardening. I also love birds, so my garden has special plants for hummingbirds. My favorite fictional characters are Miss Julia, Precious Ramotswe, and Elizabeth Bennett. My entertainment choices tend toward musicals, black and white movies, museums, and live symphony performances.

Why I am a Mormon

I read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover when I was in college. As I read, I felt a strong confirmation on almost every page that it was true. I belonged, at that time, to another church that used the Book of Mormon, so I was satisfied with that for many years. I saw changes in that church that bothered me and no longer felt the Holy Spirit there. Then I married a wonderful LDS man. We began to attend his church and I felt the Holy Spirit as I worshipped with them. I did not want to join another church that claimed to be the true church if it was not. I prayed often about this and finally one night I was reading in the Doctrine and Covenants section 6 and verses 22 and 23 jumped off the page at me. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things. Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?" I had felt that peace when I listened to the testimonies on fast Sundays and as I learned more in Sunday School and other classes. I had felt that peace as I watched General Conference and observed the lives of church members around me. I set my baptismal date that night and have had that peace in my heart continually ever since.

How I live my faith

In my congregation (we call it a ward) I serve as the Compassionate Service Leader. I organize meals to be brought in to the sick or mothers with newborns, or arrange for babysitting, or rides to the doctor. At different times I have been a teacher of the younger children and the women. I lead choirs in both my ward and our stake (a group of wards in our area). Every month I enjoy visiting other sisters in my ward to get to know them better and share a gospel message. I try to remember each day that every person I meet is a beloved child of God, heavenly royalty, and treat them as such.

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