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Hi I'm Susan

I embrace life and those close to me. I like singing, cooking, video games, and superheroes. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Illinois the third of six children and moved with my family to a tiny town in Indiana my senior year of high school. I attended a university in Indiana to pursue my life-long dream of acting; I later had to help support my family financially as a waitress during the recession. I married in Utah and have five children. Due to painful circumstances, I divorced. I tell people that I have a Doctorate from the School of Hard Knocks, yet I love to laugh. Being a mother is the most rewarding career. I am extremely devoted. I am a woman of integrity. I am a lady who dislikes all forms of vulgarity. I love to sing and dance. I started cooking when I was nine. I love Star Trek, Star Wars, and superheroes. I enjoy watching Pride and Prejudice. I write poetry. I am emotional and analytical. I love life. I will champion anyone in need. My life is just beginning...

Why I am a Mormon

About 37 years ago I moved in with a "Mormon" girl who lived in a suburb in Illinois. She was a co-worker of my sister-in-law. She was nice but pushy concerning her church. I began to avoid her. Then we took in a girl for a few months. She was struggling financially and had to wear a hat because every hair on her head had been badly burned from a horrible perm, yet she always had a radiant smile on her face. I wondered what she had that made her so happy. I wanted it. So I began to ask her questions. She only answered what I asked and never volunteered anything extra. That made me want to know all the more. After she moved out, I had a unique experience one Sunday in August. My roommate asked me to go to church, and I refused, like always. I was watching TV while she was in the shower. As I viewed my program, I heard a man's voice say, "Sue, why don't you go to Sacrament Meeting?" (That's the name of our worship service.) I answered aloud, "No." I continued to watch. I heard the voice yet again more firmly, "Sue, I really think you should go to Sacrament Meeting." I replied stubbornly, "NO! I don't have to. I'm not a member of that church. I'm not going!" At that moment, I heard the voice very forcefully and authoritatively command, "Sue! Go to Sacrament Meeting!" I answered, "Okay. I'm going!" I was ready in ten minutes. I don't remember anything said during that service; there is only one word to describe my experience: Home. I remember such peace, warmth, and love that I had never before felt on this earth. Yet it was familiar. I asked the missionary sitting next to me if I could take the lessons. I believed baptism was the right thing to do, but I wanted to be sure. They told me to read in the Book of Mormon and ask God if the Book of Mormon, the Church, and Joseph Smith were true. I did, and I felt like a branding iron had seared my chest; I couldn't breathe. Then I knew that all I had prayed about was true, and I am so grateful!

How I live my faith

I have always been active in the church, but not as much as I am now that I live in Georgia and attend a small branch. I was first called to lead the music for our worship service. Then I was asked to also lead the music for our women's meeting. Then I became the Branch Music Director. I was responsible for creating and presenting our Christmas Program. The funny thing is that I really can't read music. I taught myself how to lead music and have to practice with every song. But I LOVE it! And I discovered how much I love to sing. The Lord truly knows us and our potential. I have had to stretch myself and my faith to fill these callings. "Faith without works is dead." I live by faith. I walk by faith. I breathe by faith. Trials and hardships are a way of life for me (I also have fibromyalgia, arthritis, asthma, and allergies), but I KNOW that God hears and answers every single prayer. I love the Book of Mormon. Reading it brings such joy and solace to me. One of the verses I love is: "Men are that they might have joy." I enjoy serving and helping others - even if it is only with a smile.