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Hi I'm Susana

I grew up in La Paz, Bolivia. I am the costume coordinator for a group of homes-choolers who enjoy Shakespeare. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 2 beautiful, wonderful, and simply amazing redheads. Everyone asks me where my children get their red hair from. They look at me with my dark brown/black hair, and my husband with his blonde hair, and so they want to know. I love to tell everyone that this is what happens when you mix chocolate and vanilla. You get caramel. :) I love to do arts & crafts. I enjoy nature. I have an Associates Degree in Interior Design. I never did work in my profession, but the last 5 years I have been the Costume Coordinator for a Shakespeare company for home-schoolers, which has brought me much joy. I have a creative mind and love challenges which require me to use my creativity. This will be my last year with the company however as my daughter graduates from High School and moves on to other adventures. I have decided to start a Book Review/arts & crafts club at my house. October will be our first meeting. I hope this will help foster love and caring amongst all my friends and fellow sisters in the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

My family on both sides of my parents have been Catholic for many generations going back all the way to Spain more than a few centuries ago. I was also a Catholic and 10 years old when my family started learning about the LDS church by being invited to Family Home Evenings at a wonderful Bishop's house in the city La Paz. He and his wife taught my family the gospel over 6 months. They were so kind to us. My parents asked many questions and they were all answered. Then we agreed to meet with the missionaries. They taught us more and testified of the truth of the gospel to us. During that time, we experienced a wonderful miracle in our lives that allowed all of us, except for my youngest sister, to be baptized the same day. I remember distinctively the last day that the missionaries taught us. I remember them encouraging us to ask for ourselves if the church was true. There is nothing more wonderful than the fact that we can ask God ourselves if this church is true. I was sitting on an orange chair and as the missionaries finished their last discussion and started getting up from their chairs to say goodbye. In my young girl's heart I really wanted to know for myself if what we had been taught was right and true. I asked Heavenly Father at that moment, in my heart, if it was, and I received a most wonderful answer. I felt warm all over, I felt that for a moment I was almost lifted off my chair, I felt such warmth, and peace, and joy inside, and then the words came to my mind: "Yes, everything that they have taught you is true". I had never felt like that before. I knew then as I know now that belonging to the church was the right thing to do and what my Father in Heaven wanted me to do. Being baptized was the best decision I have made in my life. All the blessings and miracles that have followed since are a direct result from having made that decision. Praised be the name of the Lord for having restored the fullness of His gospel once more to the earth.

How I live my faith

One of the things I love to do every morning is have a devotional with my daughter. My son is currently serving a mission for the church right now and so it is just the 2 of us. Our devotionals have been different over the years and we haven't always done them, but when we do, we learn so much. This is what we currently do: We gather together and say a prayer to our Heavenly Father. Then we listen to a chapter in the scriptures and talk about it together. Then we practice memorizing a song from the hymnbook. We pick a new song every week. It is always nice to know the words to the songs. I am currently serving as a Counselor for the children at church. Our church unit is small and we usually have between 6 to 12 children attending on a regular basis. I help the President with anything she asks me to do. She has me teaching them during Sharing Time on Sundays. This is a special time where the children learn principles of the gospel in a creative way, whether it be with a game, a story, an example, a dramatization, etc., etc. Serving in a calling at church, no matter what it is, is an opportunity to learn to love those whom we serve. That is the purpose of a calling. We don't ask to serve in a specific position. The Lord calls us to serve where we are needed. I've held many callings over the years, and have learned much. I am so grateful for the organization of the church. Every month, my husband and I go to the Temple in Boston. The Temple is a very special place where we make sacred covenants with the Lord. It is a place of refuge from the storms of life, it is a place of peace and of beauty. We always come out filling recharged and rejuvenated after going to the Temple. I am happy to share my experiences of faith with anyone who has questions about the church.