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Hi I'm Susan

I'm a wife, mother of five and enthusiastic audience member! I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the distractor and comic relief in our family of seven. My husband and I met and married when I was 30 and he was 37. We both had the opportunity to finish school and start a career before we were married...so we thought! I had a Master's degree in dance performance and my husband's graduate degree was in computer science. I had danced professionally in New York City with the Nikolais/Louis Dance Theatre. Scott owned a computer company and had bought a house. (Good catch, aye ladies?!) But the Lord had other plans for our "perfect set-up" as a family. After ten years of marriage and several unemployment struggles, we decided to sell our home and Scott would return to school. The next six years we spent in student housing with five kids, all of their paraphernalia and Scott pursuing his PhD. While Scott was studying, I was able to teach in the Contemporary Dance Division in the Dance Department at Brigham Young University-Provo. I loved my students, the opportunity to create, dance and escape our 750 square foot apartment! We are now gainfully employed and are enjoying the beauties of Northern California.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Sandy, Utah- not far from the head-quarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most everyone I knew and associated with were members of the church. I was a member of the church more culturally than in my heart. When I moved away from home and went to college, I decided I needed to know if the teachings of the Church were true. So, I read the scriptures with more intent. I strived to keep the commandments. When I was 27, I served a mission to New Zealand. I always knew that Jesus Christ was real, I had felt His love many times. But I didn't know if I had a strong enough belief that Joseph Smith was the Lords prophet to restore His Gospel. At the beginning of my mission, in the Mission Training Center, I was concerned about my less-than stellar belief of Joseph Smith's commission to restore the Lord's church. During class one day, I opened my scriptures, specifically the Book of Mormon, I saw I had written in the margin of the page: "Jesus Christ". A light turned on in my heart, the Book of Mormon IS another testament of Jesus Christ- Joseph Smith translated this book of scripture. If the Book of Mormon is truly scripture than Joseph Smith is and was the Lord's prophet to restore His church. As I continued to share my beliefs of the restoration of the Lord's church and Joseph Smith's role in this restoration, on my mission and now at this time of my life; my testimony has continued to grow. I also find that when I am struggling with a question, if I am obedient to the commandments, the Lord blesses me with insight and answers.

How I live my faith

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we serve in our congregations in varying capacities. Along with three other sisters, I administer spiritual instruction and activities for girls 12-18 years in six congregations. Seeing and feeling the spirit of these incredible young women strengthens my faith in God. Their desire to do good in the world, increases my desire to serve God. Because of my involvement with the young women, I am exposed to a bit of the hardness in the world the youth encounter. To find peace and hope among the strife, I strive to keep close to the Lord by reading the scriptures, the teachings of the prophets- old and new. When I read the scriptures I feel peace and hope and I am able to recognize truth from error.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mormons belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that while on earth, Jesus Christ taught and organized His Church so that all people can learn and know of our Heavenly Father and return to Him. Jesus Christ taught these truths with authority from our Heavenly Father. Jesus gave his apostles this same authority to act in His name. However, after Jesus Christ was crucified, all members of his apostleship with the proper authority were eventually killed without bestowing the authority to act in Christs' name. A restoration of the truth and proper authority was needed. After a long time without the proper authority to establish Christs' church, the gospel was restored through the boy prophet, Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith saw our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith received the authority to establish the Lord's church on earth once again. Show more Show less