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Hi I'm Susan Reed

I grew up in Eastern Oregon, near Pendleton, on a large wheat ranch. I loved the outdoors, riding and showing horses.

About Me

I am curious about everything and love to learn. I always have 2 or 3 books going at the same time on different subjects. Every day, I research my family history and have found over 22,000 names so far. Scrapbooking, singing, playing the piano and sewing are my particular interests. I'm married and we have 4 children and 1 grandchild. Our family is the most important thing to me - we're very close. I got an advanced degree in archaeology and ancient art and was fortunate to work in a museum as an assistant curator for a number of years. Really, a dream come true. Those subjects, along with world cultures and art, are still a passion for me. I also love to travel and have been lucky to have visited most of the European countries and Thailand. I believe in giving back to our community and have volunteered in several organizations. One of my favorites was being a Girl Scout leader for 10 years.

Why I am a Mormon

My oldest brother was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by his wife and had many wonderful discussions with a leader of the church about his beliefs, what he was seeking, and the church's beliefs. He joined the church and then introduced it to my parents. I was the only child home at the time and so I was involved in most of the discussions. I believed what he was saying from the first moment. I was only 14, but I KNEW. Something resonated in me - the truth. When we moved to Eugene, Oregon, my parents and I began the missionary discussions. My mother was converted, but my dad took a little longer. I was converted, too, because everything that was being taught were things I felt I had known "before". It was like my memory was being restored. I was 15 then and sometimes a little rebellious, but I knew in my heart of hearts that Christ was in this church. I had been a Methodist before and my parents and I had always attended church. I have never doubted. I've had questions about certain things, but have been prayerful and patient. I'm a Mormon, and for 46 years my testimony has grown stronger. I love Jesus Christ and want to do His will. Everything makes sense. When I go to church on Sundays and other activities of the church during the week, I feel as though I've come home. And home is where I want to be.

How I live my faith

I try to reach out to others and be a friend and helper. I believe we are all our brother's keeper and have a desire within us, maybe not realized for some yet, to be of some benefit to others. We all have to find our way. Serving others makes my day better, and hopefully, their day better, too. Prayer, reading the scriptures, attending church services on Sunday and trying to live like Christ would want me to every day. I'm very mindful of my Saviour and feel particularly blessed to know and believe that I am a daughter of God and He loves me. I am grateful I feel such peace during difficult times, and that my burdens seem lighter because of my faith. The situation may not change, but my ability to endure increases because I know I am never alone. I understand why I was born and where I want to go after I die. These things are a great comfort to me, and something I like to share with others if they're interested.

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

Susan Reed
This teaching is just one of the many wonderful aspects of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that families can literally be together forever. When my husband and I were married and sealed in the Oakland Temple we knew that if we would live in obedience to God's commandments throughout our lives, we would be still be married in heaven, too. All of our children can also be with us with their families if they keep God's laws. Look up Matthew 16:19, "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever thou shalt find on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Those of us who love our families, our children, spouses, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents don't want to lose these relationships. This is the most comforting promise from our loving Father in Heaven. Show more Show less