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Hi I'm Susan

I was grew up in Idaho. I am married and have five daughters. I was a high school teacher and a piano teacher. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest joys in life are being a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I have been married 42 years. I have 5 daughters and 20 grandchildren - and I love spending time with them. They are the best! I attended college and spent six months studying in France. I graduated from college with a BA in French and English and taught high school English for 16 years. I am now retired. I also love music. I play the piano and organ, and I have taught piano lessons for 20 years. I also love to sing. Music just touches a special part of my soul. There is nothing better than deeply meaningful words set to beautiful and moving music. I also love to read and learn about the lives of other people. I guess sometimes I live a little through them. My life has had many chapters. It always has its challenges, but I have been truly blessed with some amazing experiences and some wonderful people in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon first because my parents were Mormons, and they taught me what they believed. As I grew up, I developed a strong testimony of my own. I could see how living the Mormon religion helped people around me be happy, energetic, dedicated, and good. They were kind and helped others. They seemed to have a deep understanding and appreciation for life on this earth - and also for the opportunity people have to experience life after death. I also wanted to know and understand these things, and the Mormon religion helped me to understand and to believe. I have studied quite a bit about several of my ancestors. Many of them made great sacrifices to accept the Mormon religion. One grandmother left her family in Denmark to join with members of the church in the United States. Another relative, a great grandfather, helped rescue pioneer handcart companies as they journeyed to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. I wanted to honor my ancestors and the sacrifices they made. I wanted to try to understand what it was that made them willing to make the sacrifices they did to be Mormons. As I learned about them, I also strengthened my desire to make my religion important in my life. I have come to know that no sacrifice is too great. My belief in God and the Mormon religion is truly worth everything to me.

How I live my faith

I always try to stay involved with our church. I believe that if its teachings are truly important to me, I need to be involved in every way I can. I have taught many youth classes, teenage girls' classes, and women's groups. I have played the organ and the piano for many of our meetings. I have directed several church choirs and special singing groups. I have organized Girls Camp outings and many family social get togethers. I always have a few specific ladies I visit and watch out for, and I have learned to love them dearly. I have participated in reading groups, literacy groups, quilting groups, and special efforts to help fulfill needs in our community. I have picked potatoes and helped out at our local Food Bank. I have worked on indexing census records to provide genealogical information for people throughout the world. Whenever help is needed in any capacity, I try to help however I can. I try to be kind, honest, helpful to others. It is important for me to try to live the way I teach and the way I believe. I study the scriptures every day, and I try to follow the example of the Savior the very best I can.