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Hi I'm Suzanne

I am a grandmother, a retired teacher, and a third generation Californian. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandmother of 13, and counting! That's not a common experience among my friends and associates so it's fun to talk about family and what we are doing to grow our family in unity and faith. Both my husband and I retired last year at the age of 60, so we have even more flexibility to go visit our four married children and share lots of experiences, hugs and kisses with our grandchildren. When our children were young we mostly worked together as a family and sometimes played together as a family. That work ethic, combined with a love for one another and for our Savior Jesus Christ, has been the foundation for our family happiness throughout our 39 years of marriage. I am so grateful for a happy family life guided by the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and filled with love and peace through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My earliest memories are of playing in the orange groves surrounding our house in Orange County, California. In those days my mother was a new member of the church, my father was inactive in his church membership, and our church attendance was spotty. But my parents were invited to attend church classes to grow their faith and devotion, and to prepare themselves for temple covenants, and that's when our home life changed. I was 10 years old when my brothers, parents, and I were sealed as an eternal family unit in the Los Angeles Temple, and then it took another ten years to grow and respond to my own desire to center my life in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was by studying The Book of Mormon that I experienced the influence of the Holy Spirit in my life, and I wanted more of it! I felt more keenly than ever before the love and sacrifice of my Savior Jesus Christ, and I wanted to repent and always retain a remission of sins. I have chosen to be faithful as a member of His church because I value the baptismal covenants I made with my Savior to keep His commandments and always remember Him. I value the temple covenants I made in The House of the Lord that make it possible for me to have a family unit throughout eternity by obedience and faith in Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the power and authority of His restored church which anchors my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My husband and I have recently accepted an 18 month assignment to serve as missionaries in the Russia Moscow mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Soon we'll be leaving all of our family, and the familiarity and temperate comfort of our home in California, to go and serve the members of the church in Russia. What an adventure! I've started studying and want to learn the Russian language, but most of all I want to connect with the people in my mission area through shared experiences of faith and devotion to Christ. It has been my experience that making and keeping sacred covenants to follow the teachings of Jesus adds joy to daily life.