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Hi I'm Suzanne Lorraine

I'm a stay-at-home homeschool mom of 9 children. I love history and heroes. I have my Bachelor's in Psychology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Though I was born in Michigan I grew up mostly in Colorado and England. Someday I'd love to travel and to see much more of the world for I've found that every place that God has made has it's own joys and friends just waiting to discover. From the time I was little I have always loved reading, learning new things, and meeting new people. I especially love to study about human nature and heroism. When I was little I wanted to grow up and have 13 children like my grandma. That dream didn't exactly come true. We have 9 children living on earth and 6 children that went back to Heaven before they were born. I love the extra time with my children that homeschooling them affords. I've taught homeschool classes on Shakespeare, sign language, literature, and ACT/SAT prep. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon, Alma 46:40 that says "And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year were very frequent in the land—but not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared to remove the cause of diseases, to which men were subject by the nature of the climate—" I love learning about essential oils, homeopathy and herbs that I believe were put here by God to help us with physical and emotional issues. My favorite exercise is walking - with my husband or with one of my best friends. I think when we get out in nature and connect with people we feel God's love for us.

Why I am a Mormon

Many of my ancestors knew Joseph Smith they bore strong testimonies of his goodness and of him being a prophet. I am thankful the hard work and goodness and example of my ancestors. I can see that living the gospel has made them happy. I remember studying the gospel when I was little and praying if the scriptures, especially The Book of Mormon, were true. I know that The Book of Mormon is true. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same restored gospel that Jesus taught when he was on the earth. I have seen the happiness that living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings. There is a Book of Mormon scripture, Alma 41:10 that says wickedness never was happiness. I can attest to that. We all have problems in this life. Living the gospel isn't going to mean that we never have a problems again. But trying to live the gospel can save us from a lot of regrets and following Christ's teachings of honesty, love, repentance, forgiveness, and fidelity can lead to happiness.

How I live my faith

As Mormons we believe that families can be eternal, that we can be sealed together forever. And as a mom I am always looking for ways to teach my children to be more Christlike. So for the most part we try to just do the gospel basics. We try to start our day with a family devotional. We usually start with a song (that we sing for the whole month), then prayer, and then scripture reading. I think that music is memorable and is a great way to touch hearts. Even our two year old smiles and pays attention when we put music on and sing. I love the power of prayer. God has promised that if we knock He will answer. We love the protection and blessings that prayer can bring. When we pray for each other I think we can feel our love one to another. Scripture reading with so many can be more chaotic than peaceful at times. Still I'm sure we all absorb more than we think we do. We take turns reading a column at a time and then finding a doctrine, principle and application. I think finding and talking about wisdom that we find in the scriptures connects us more with each other. I am so thankful for the people who sacrificed so much to give us the scriptures. We are blessed to live close to a temple. I think one of our kindest doctrines is that people can be sealed together forever as families and that everyone has the chance to accept baptism. We can act as proxy those who may not have heard the gospel and had a chance to do those ordinances in this life. Right now my calling is coordinating service for people in our neighborhood when they they have a need. I organize meals for those who are sick or may have just had a baby. I know that God wants all of us his children to feel loved and cared for. I know I make mistakes every day. There are so many things about myself that I would love to improve, so many ways I wish I were more Christlike. I am so thankful for the Atonement of the Savior that allows us to repent and change. With His help I know we can do all things!