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Hi I'm Susanna Maria

"I'm a single mother of 6 who loves the arts, owns a cleaning business and happily states, "I'm a Mormon."

About Me

I am of English and Dutch heritage but was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. I have been a mother since I was 18 and I have been a single mother of 6 since 1999. I have 3 girls and 3 boys. I am a grandmother, aunt and sister to 8 siblings. Life has revolved mostly around my children, but I have a thirst for learning and a deep love of the arts. When I can, I grab a class for my improvement and enjoyment. I have dabbled in jazz, tap, ballet, ballroom, voice, piano, trumpet, drawing, painting, sculpting, photography, poetry, writing etc. Currently I'm taking script writing, and management for the arts. Unfortunately, I am not proficient in anything but I do what I can as time allows. I managed to get my first year University part time and hope to one day be able to earn at least one degree. I also love studying the scriptures. It is the one thing I consistently read. My business in the cleaning industry stems from my many years caring for home and family. It has also allowed me to have the balance of time and income I have needed as a single parent. When I am able, I like to volunteer in the community. My children and I have enjoyed working with Habitat for Humanity and one of my sons and I have began volunteering with Alberta Ballet. I also like to keep tabs on what is happening with the University ballroom dance club and FAVA, our Film and Video Arts society in the city. Doing community theatre with the children is also a treat.

Why I am a Mormon

It's true. All of it. The doctrine is true and the power by which it came, and this organization is run, is authentic. I'm not here because of programs or people or even a particular person. I'm not here because of family, or pressures or guilt or brainwashing. I'm here because I want to know the truth and I have found the source of it. I'm not hear because someone intellectualized or rationalized enough to me. I did that for myself. Even that is not enough without the light I FEEL as I go away from everyone and everything and study for myself and pray by myself and fast by myself to know if the principals I am learning are right. I've paid and continue to pay the price for my own knowledge. I put in the time and the effort to know for myself. I get on my knees and ask specific questions and listen and feel. My gut is NEVER wrong. I've learned that through sad experience. I have learned to trust it. The answers I have received are undeniable. I have earned my own testimony that there is a God, that we are his children, that there are laws governing the expanse of space, time and eternity, that Jesus was given to us to meet the demands of those laws. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are scripture. I feel it in my bones. I know Joseph Smith was an instrument in God's hands to restore truth to the earth and prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ. The more I read the more sure I am. It is impossible to have such an experience if you are reading something that is incorrect. You can not do wrong and feel right.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is just a part of everyday life. Mornings usually include a short workout, reading the scriptures, personal prayer, family prayer, family scripture study, a healthy breakfast, taking the children to early morning seminary class, and giving blessings on each meal. Family prayer happens every night. We refrain from taking harmful substances into our bodies and keep speech and thought clean. Sometimes this is a challenge, especially when we drive by inappropriate advertisements or hear or see things that are immoral. We just make it a habit to turn away, turn things off or make funny sounds to drown out what we don't want to hear. I had a friend over one day and the children were watching a movie downstairs. All was quiet when suddenly we heard a big sound from all of the children at once. "What was that!" she said. "They're drowning out a swear word," I replied. Other regular family activities include family counsel, wherein we discuss the "business" of our family including schedules, finances etc. Family Home Evening happens every Monday night wherein we learn additional gospel truths or principals that are tailored to our family's circumstances at the time. We often sing together, pray before and after our lesson (which is often short but sweet) and share a treat at the end. Special occasions that include close and extended family are baby blessings, baptisms, weddings, funerals, farewells to those leaving on missions and so forth. We take time for the sacred things. Service in the church is also just a part of life. I have ladies who's welfare I am responsible for and visit them most every month. I attend church every Sunday with the children, do vicarious work in the temple usually every week and fulfill other jobs as they are given to me or where I see a need. I have learned a great deal singing in choirs, performing in shows, teaching classes and having served on committees responsible for the care of a handful to hundreds of individuals.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Susanna Maria
As a divorced woman I can still answer most emphatically -YES! I have not lost hope in marriage. It is a wonderful thing. I have seen and experienced the power of a good marriage. The sealing power is very real. To break it tears apart the soul. To remain true to it gives joy, hope, strength and protection to generations. Show more Show less