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Hi I'm Susanna

I teach Mathematics and Statistics to college students. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As I mentioned, I teach math and stats to college students. I graduated from college with a bachelors in math and a minor in science. I think you can probably surmise from that information that I am a nerd. In line with that, I also fall into the category of being a Harry Potter and Star Wars fan (a big fan, I might add). I do have non-nerd qualities, however. I love music! I play the violin, ukulele, and piano. In college I was in a folk alternative band, which was so much fun. Since then I've played in community orchestras but mostly just jam on my own or with friends from time to time. I love to laugh and sometimes will speak in quotes from "The Office" or "Parks and Rec". And that's me in a nutshell!

Why I am a Mormon

At first I was a Mormon because my parents were. I was born and raised in the Mormon church and my testimony was based on my parents' belief. I am the youngest of five children in my family and my two oldest brothers renounced their faith when they were in high school. Their decision helped me to see the agency I have on this earth. That taught me following in my parents' footsteps was not the only route I could take. However, being much younger than those siblings I had the opportunity to see the consequences of their choices. They seemed happy and free in the moment of their choices, but in the big picture they seemed sad and lost, or at times chained to addictions. My other two siblings who stayed in the church were the opposite. The choices they made were hard sometimes (like getting up at 5 am to do a service project), but in the big picture they were happier and they had a light in them. Being the youngest sibling was incredibly advantageous, because I was able to observe my older siblings' experiences to shape my choices. When I came to high school my testimony was shaken. It was so easy to make the decisions that made me happy in the moment but left me feeling wrong in the aftermath. What helped me choose to keep following the church standards was that big picture my siblings had given me. I knew that even though it was hard, making the right choices would lead to greater happiness. In high school was where I gained my own testimony. I studied the doctrine and I prayed to know for myself if the Book of Mormon was true. I have felt my Heavenly Father's love for me, I have felt the spirit confirm to me the truth of these things, and I have felt long lasting happiness. I continue to follow His gospel for so many reasons but the main reason is because it is the way to joy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church every Sunday, and I serve in my church as a Sunday school teacher where I teach the principles of our gospel. My bishop gave me this calling to help me prepare for my next adventure in life. I will be putting my teaching career on hold to serve a mission for my church for 18 months and I could not be more excited! I will live my faith by sharing what I know with others and being an example of service. This decision has absolutely been a big sacrifice for me, but when I think about the sacrifice my Savior made for me, I am humbled. What an opportunity I have and we all have, not just on a mission but all the time, to be instruments for God to do His work and show His love for everyone on the earth. I strive to remember and act on that everyday.