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Hi I'm Susan

I tutor English as a foreign language. I'm an editor and a writer of children's stories, poems and songs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my sixties now, I'm looking back on years of tutoring translators and learning readers from many nations. So I've put that experience to work volunteering as an on line tutor for students learning English as a foreign language. Working from home, I've also made a long-time dream come true: writing and publishing children's stories, poems and songs.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors were Mormon pioneers. I grew up hearing stories about how my great-great-great grandparents on both sides of my father's family sacrificed to travel with the Latter-day Saints to find a land where they could worship in peace. I learned the songs and scriptures of my faith, and sang with gusto. But after college, and wanting a "broader" experience, I put less and less value on the simple understanding and faith of my youth. I became a seeker. I tried other life styles, and sampled other ways of worship, and practiced other faiths. I longed to know if I had been naïve to accept the things I had been taught as a child, and I stopped calling myself a Mormon, and looked for an identity I could call my own. Thirty years away from the Mormon church gave me an honest perspective on what the world has to offer. While I retain my love and respect for my friends of other traditions and faiths, I have returned with a full and thankful heart to the Mormon church. In the Mormon church, I am able to experience the fullness of the gospel of Christ. We have a living prophet, who guides us and gives direction relevant to the word today. We have the opportunity to serve, and develop our talents, and grow in faith and love for one another. The blessings of the temple, which I once took so lightly, have become the most sacred truths in my life. I have received a calm and powerful witness from the Spirit of God that I am where I need to be, and that I am home. I am a Mormon because of all the other ways that I could choose to live my life, only this life gives me the peace that I am on the path that God has called me to walk.

How I live my faith

Right now, I serve in my local congregation by leading the young children in singing during their worship service. The children's songs are beautiful and simple expressions of Heavenly Father's love for every one of us, and how we can show our love for Him. I love teaching, and I love the Spirit I feel when the Lord helps me reach the hearts and minds of His little ones with a message of faith that they can understand. I also am assigned as a part of a two-woman team, to know and regularly visit four families in our congregation. Every woman in our church has this opportunity to love and help -- and to be loved and helped by her own "visiting teachers" in return. Whether it's running to the store for a mom with kids sick in bed or comforting a new widow, or just staying aware of a family's day-to-day life, I love this opportunity to bless the lives of families in my community. Because we have no paid ministry, we take turns doing the many different jobs in our congregation. I have taught classes, preached sermons, directed choirs, plunked out melodies on the piano, even gone on a teaching mission to far Japan. Every job, no matter how large or small is a way to say, "I care." I want to live as my Savior Jesus Christ wants me to live. And my church activity gives me so many opportunities to love one another as He loved us. Because of my work, I meet and know many people all over the world who are not Mormons. I count this as a blessing, and an opportunity to love and help people I would not otherwise meet. I know that every person I meet is a son or daughter of the same Heavenly Father, and everyone is going through trials and courageous struggles. I know that a kind word, or a helpful attitude can make the difference in a day - or a life. So, with the Lord's help, I try to treat everyone as He would treat them: with love, respect and an eye towards what I can do to lift them up and encourage them. I live my faith by caring about people.