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Hi I'm Donna Sue

I grew up in Illinois and am a convert. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am retired, I was a beauty operator and telephone operator. I have six children, four boys and two girls. I am remarried after being widowed at 56. My husband was raised in the Church and had lost his wife about the same time as I lost my husband. We lived in the same neighborhood, but didn't know each other. He also had six children, four boys and two girls, and a love of history which he taught for many years. For fun, I like to make artist trading cards and hand made greeting cards. I correspond with others all over the country who enjoy doing this and have made some wonderful friendships because of our shard hobby. My husband has a hobby of building model wooden ships and we share a hobby room showing each other what we are working on.

Why I am a Mormon

As I said before, I was only 21 when I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was going to advanced hairdressing in Oklahoma and met a girl in the same situation. Her husband was in the service as was mine. She was a Mormon. We became good friends and she invited me to learn more about the Church. I took the missionary discussions and was ready to be baptized when my husband was released from the Army and we went back to our home town where the Mormon Church was so small, I couldn't find it. When I finally did, I asked the branch president - on my first visit - when I could be baptized. He was shocked since apparently they had a long dry spell with no converts. That branch has since became a full fledged ward that is about to be split into two wards. I moved from one state to another and found the Church to be the same wonderful experience wherever I've lived. I love the emphasis the Church puts on the family and being a family for eternity. That's extremely important to me because of all of my loved ones who are now gone. I know that I will see them again and we will be a family there as we were here. I also am very happy to have found a church that requires you to serve, not just be a member. I am happy that my children know who I am because of my testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and for my desire to serve Him through serving his children here on this earth. I hope when I die, that's the thing for which I will be remembered. Another thing I feel is the reason I am a Mormon is the fact that this is a very people oriented church, we all try to be missionaries by sharing what it means to be a Mormon with people we know. We do that by loving people.

How I live my faith

Wherever I have lived, I try to be an example of a disciple of Jesus Christ by participating in community affairs, whether that means being an active member of the PTA and serving as a volunteer in our school library or helping a neighbor hem her little girls' dresses or teaching an aerobic dance class. I also used my skills as a hairdresser to help people in convalescent homes and felt that for many of them, I was the only visitor they got for the month and I would listen to the problems they had endured during their lives. As an older adult I served with my husband at an assisted living facility in our community and enjoyed every minute of it. I learned so many valuable lessons from those we were serving. They had given much of their lives to service, themselves and had so much wisdom to impart to those who had willing ears. The saddest part was having to attend so many of their funerals, but even then we learned from their relatives and friends a different perspective of those we had only known as elderly friends. We also served a mission to Nauvoo, IL from 2003-2004 which was especially fun for me since I was raised in that area and had friends that lived in surrounding communities whom I was able to visit with while we served as missionaries. I hope that through knowing me, some of my friends who are not Mormon discover that Mormons are people just like them. We have our trials and tribulations, but with the Lord's help we are able to continue our lives and influence our children and grandchildren to do their best and always be of help to those we come in contact with. Whenever I meet people for the first time and they find out that I'm a Mormon, I like to answer any questions they have about my religion and why I'm so fervent in my testimony of its truth. I was only 21 when I joined and as I often say, "I've never looked back!"

What do Mormons believe about family?

Donna Sue
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