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Hi I'm Susie

I grew up in SLC, but now I live in Florida with my amazing husband. I love the summer afternoon thunder storms. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a sweet tooth. I love chocolate and especially love Rocky Road ice cream with chocolate syrup and nuts. I love biking and feeling the wind in my face, and I enjoy walking briskly outdoors but cannot tolerate an indoor tread machine. I love to decorate the house for the holidays. I'm a wife to the best husband ever, and a mother to no one. I always wanted to be a mother. Not just an ordinary mother, but a pretty mother, and the best mother ever! I always ate healthy foods and took good care of my body so that when I got married, I would have healthy children. I had their names picked out, made some educational games, and bought a couple of cute handmade baby quilts. I am the oldest of four girls and I baby sat my entire teen years, so I was well prepared for the role. I love children. I love to hear them talk and tell me things that they are excited to share. But....... no children came. Sometimes I think that my whole life is wasted. Many tears were shed and prayers seemed to have been unanswered. But my faith never waivered.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are German. They lived through WWII and barely survived in the war-torn aftermath. My mother was a Lutheran, as was her mother and so on. My mother was confused and questioned why the Lutheran church's teachings did not coincide with the church Jesus Christ established in the Bible. She wondered why there wasn't a prophet on the earth in this day. She could not receive a good answer from any of her church leaders. Then she heard about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She learned of Joseph Smith and believed in his First Vision. She read the Book of Mormon and wanted to be baptized. She had to slip out at night to be baptized because her mother was opposed to the church. She said it was the best thing she had done. Her mother later joined the church. After many miracles in her life, she sailed across the ocean and settled in Salt Lake City, Utah. There she was married and I was born. I love being a Mormon. My life is filled with peace and comfort. Yes, there are disappointments and challenges, but nothing is too great to handle. The gospel brings joy and meaning to life. I know where we came from. I know that there is a purpose to life. I know where we will go when we die. I know that there is a Heavenly Father who loves us, and I love Him.

How I live my faith

Each morning and night, I kneel down and offer a prayer to my Heavenly Father. It's a prayer of gratitude for all that he blesses me. In addition, being a Mormon isn't just a Sunday religion, but rather, it is a way of life. It is who I am. How I act and treat others is a reflection of my love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I live my faith by dressing modestly and using clean language. I listen to wholesome music. I pay ten percent of my income to the church. Everything that we have comes from Heavenly Father, and paying 10 percent is a small payback. He blesses us so richly in return not always monetarily but with what we need most. I love paying my tithe. I love working in the church. When we receive an assignment, it is called a "calling". We will have this same assignment until we are released from that calling and given another one. The happiest times for me have been when I have been called to work with the children in church on Sundays. I love teaching them new songs and being the music leader. There is great power in music and the beautiful words and messages that are sung. The spirit of God is truly felt in music especially when children sing. I also love teaching children in Sunday lessons. Children are the best! They make me smile. They make me happy.

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Susie
When I see the sunrise in the morning, or the rain fall, I know there is a God. When I see the flowers bloom and the butterflies flutter by, I know there is a God. When I see a baby so tiny, so precious, and perfectly formed, I know there is a God. When I hear the birds sing or feel the wind on my face, I know there is a God. When I see the majestic mountains or the white caps of the ocean, I know there is a God. I know that God created this beautiful world and all the inhabitants for us; to bring us joy. When I am afraid or troubled, I pray to God and I know that He hears it and will comfort me. I know that when I pray, God will answer my prayer in His due time. I know there is a God. I know that he knows you and me and that He loves each one of us no matter what. I know that I can repent and God will forgive me. I know that He gives us commandments for our good. In keeping His commandments we will be happy and blessed. Our lives will be richer and more fulfilling when we keep His commandments. I know there is a God. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Susie
When Joseph Smith was 14 years old, he was very confused about which church to join. There were many different religions and each professed to hold the truths. He was reading in the Bible James 1:5 that states: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraitheth not, it shall be given him." He knew that he needed knowledge so on a beautiful spring morning, he went to the woods near his home, and knelt down to pray. His intention was to find out which church to join. To his astonishment, during his prayer, a bright light shone overhead and Joseph saw two personages in the air. One called him by name saying, "Joseph, this is my beloved son, hear him". Joseph learned that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two separate beings and they have a body of flesh and bones. He also learned that he was to join none of the churches. He would be an instrument in restoring the true church on the earth. I know that the First Vision really happened. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Susie
I love Joseph Smith and I know that he was called of God to be a prophet and to restore the church of Jesus Christ on the earth again. But we do not worship Joseph. We revere him as a prophet. We worship Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith helped us to know God and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Susie
We love having the Mormon Missionaries come to our home, and you will love it too. They are among the finest young adults that you will have the privilege to speak with. They have such a glow about them and you will feel something very special when they speak with you. They love the gospel of Jesus Christ and the church, and have a message of glad tidings to share with you. Please listen to them with your heart. They will tell you about Joseph Smith and his desire to join the true church because there was so much confusion with all the different religions. They will tell you about our pre-mortal life, the purpose of life, and what to expect after we die. They will tell you that families can be together forever. They will tell you why we build beautiful temples. They will tell you about Jesus Christ. I have two nephews who served missions and they loved serving and the people. One served in the Baltic Seas Mission (boarders Russia) and the other served in the North New York City. Their lives were blessed and enriched by serving. Missionaries are awesome! Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Susie
A testimony is what we believe to be true. Through a feeling or impression or something touching our heart and soul, we know it comes from God telling us it is true. My testimony is that I know this church is true. I know that Heavenly Father lives and loves us. I know that Jesus is the Christ, the only begotten son of Heavenly Father. I know that Jesus atoned for our sins and died on the cross. I know that He was resurrected three days later. I know that Jesus lives and love us. I know that it is through Jesus Christ that we can return and live with Heavenly Father. I love Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth again. I know that he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. I know that with God's help, Joseph translated the gold plates into what is now "The Book of Mormon". I know the Book of Mormon is true and testifies of Jesus Christ. We believe and read the Bible too. I know that Joseph Smith held every key, power, and principal of life and salvation. I know that we have a living prophet today, named Thomas S. Monson. He loves us and tells us what God wants us to know. I know this church is true, and I love it with all my heart.  Show more Show less