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Hi I'm Susan Ann Belshe

I grew up in AZ and NM. I was a administrative director of a children's performing arts company, now semi-retired. I am a Mormon

About Me

I am the mother of 4 children: 3 boys and 1 girl, and 10 wonderful grandchildren. My favorite activity includes having all or some of them around. I miss the noise, laughter, joy for life when they are not around. I love to read! Its nice when I can find the time to cuddle up with a good book and get lost in another world or life. After my children left I gave up cooking every day, thank goodness I have a husband who will just throw a steak on the grill or cook up a 'cheese crisp' and be content. My philosophy on canning is if you're going to do it -- invite over a group of family and/or friends and it turns from work into a party and is so much more enjoyable shared than alone, including eating the food. I'm not the best at exercising but I enjoy walking with others and having a good conversation. I have always enjoyed the performing arts so when my husband went hunting and took the boys I would go to the theatre with my daughter. Later I was able to meet 2 wonderful ladies and join the team creating and working as a director of Durango Performing Arts Company, known as DPAC. I am a task oriented, project centered, give me a job and I'll get it done. I love making things happen behind the scene and being a part of the magic that kids bring to the classroom and stage.

Why I am a Mormon

I know this church is true, I find joy in following the principles and standards. I believe and know there is power in pray that our Heavenly Father listens and knows us, there is power in prayer! He is listening -- are you? He wants us to be happy; to find joy but He also knows that to grow pressure, heat, trials are needed. I am grateful for the gift of the atonement and the opportunity it gives me to try again, that he loves me and wants me to succeed and that with Him it is possible. I know He lives!! He was resurrected and lives again and gives us this same gift. I am grateful we have a living prophet, Pres. Thomas S Monson, and apostles to be the watchmen on the towers, that we may know what we need to do to be prepared, to not fear, to find the hope, to be reminded of those things our hearts know to be true. I love the scriptures for the opportunity and freedoms we have to have them in our lives, to search them for truths, comfort, guidance, instruction that one day we may return to our heavenly home. I believe, I know, we have a Heavenly Father who knows us, who loves us – he devised a plan, a key part of that plan was agency, may we use our agency wisely. It is based upon true principles, eternal truths that don’t change with the whims, desires of the world; but to serve, do good, keep the commandments, constantly improve, to draw near unto God. REMEMBER who you are, and WHO’s you are, a son or daughter of God, there is power in that knowledge, a comfort that life isn’t random, that it can change that we can change. Look outward. Be brave, courageous, don’t quit, keep trying; seek our Savior, Jesus Christ, we need Him to do the hard things. I am grateful for family, the one I came from and the one we continue to build and add to. Be there for each other, support, share, communicate, but most importantly have charity, unconditional love. I pray that I reflect the truths I know to be guiding principles in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

How I live my faith

Susan has been serving in the Red Mesa Ward, Durango Stake, as a primary teacher for the 4-5 year olds. They kept her busy with finding a variety of ways to reinforce the principles of the gospel to help them on their journey toward knowing their Savior, Jesus Christ. Prior to that she served with her husband in the primary as teachers to the 7-8 year olds, what joy to be a part of their journey into the waters of baptism and to watch as these sweet spirits came out of the water with those big smiles on their faces knowing they were following the example of their Savior, Jesus Christ. But the calling I have loved the most was teaching early morning seminary, a class attended by 14-18 year old youth to learn about and create a relationship with Jesus Christ. We would gather prior to starting their school days, I loved to start my day with those stalwart, peculiar, faithful youth and share spirit to spirit every morning – what joy, what blessings. TEACHING! is my favorite thing to do, I love the process of studying and than sharing, discussing, and growing together. Our faith gives us hope when we don't have the strength, or ability to see past what we are going through. Faith is what reminds us of the promises our Heavenly Father has given us, that we are not alone, he will place people in our lives, or empower us. I read and remind myself of all the tender mercies I have received in my life and remember to give gratitude for all that I have been given. Someone once shared an experience when she was struggling throw some trials in her life and asked 'Why Me", through her prayers and scriptures studies one day she heard the answer "Why Not You?" He doesn't leave us to go through it alone, he sends us someone, he stands beside us, and at times he carries us. Our faith helps us find the joys in life, the laughter during struggles, the tears of gratitude. Through my example at work, in our community I serve and love those I come in contact with. I love people