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Hi I'm Susanne Penrod

I'm a proud grandmother of eight, I'm a daughter of God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired grandmother of eight remarkable grandchildren and mother of two just as remarkable children. I still live in the town where I was born and raised and can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be. I enjoy traveling and was able to cruise down the Danube last September. We have a trip planned to visit Thailand and Cambodia in the near future. I am an avid fan cheering for my grandchildren when they participate in their various sports events. But I am just as big a supporter of anything else they decide to participate in. I love to read but my downfall is not being able to put a book down when it peaks my interest and other things get left undone.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon, not just because I was born into the faith, but because I have gained my own testimony through the years. There have times when I have been extremely committed and other times when I have struggled but I know for certain that as I continue to pray and ask for the Savior's atonement to hold me up and strengthen me He never fails me. I know he knows who I am, what's important to me and always has his arms of mercy outstretched. As I have faced trials I know he has felt the same loss, grief, loneliness and any other emotion I am struggling with. Knowing that he went through pain and torment that I can't comprehend - for me specifically - truly humbles me and I continually try to recommit to trying to walk in the path he walked. Through continual reading of the Book of Mormon I have gained a stronger testimony of the teachings of Christ and the prophets of that time. They were men of God who went to great lengths and hardship to keep a record that would later be given to Joseph Smith for translation so we could hopefully learn from their successes and failures. I can't quite grasp how many trials and hardships Joseph Smith was asked to bare for his part in the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was truly prepared in the pre-mortal world to withstand the rants of Satan as he tried to stop this most important work. And now my life, and the lives of my posterity, are blessed beyond measure because of men and women who had great faith, courage and commitment to the church that I am proud to be a member of.

How I live my faith

I don't know what else I would possibly do on Sunday if I didn't attend church. It's where I "fill my spiritual bucket" for the week. I can leave the world outside and enjoy being around good people who are trying their best to live as God would have them live. I have always been involved in music and am usually found playing the piano somewhere on Sunday. I enjoy participating in choir - not because I am a good singer but because of the association with special people and my love of music. There's nothing better than being a choir member for the Christmas concert. It's almost impossible to sing about the birth of Christ without the spirit overcoming you. I enjoy picking up my visiting teacher every month and visiting the sweetest three "sisters" ever. As we get to know them better we also love them better. And my partner and I always end our teaching session by sitting in the driveway and catching up with each other and our families - which I love.