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Hi I'm Suzanne

I'm a Wolverine. I'm a social worker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised as a midwest girl, I eventually left home and worked my way through college. After completing grad school, I started a satisfying career as a social worker. I've worked with birth mothers and adoption, at a special needs school for kids with autism, and now at a hospital. I'm not an athlete, but I like to do a race every year. I'm not a dancer, but I love to dance preferably in my kitchen or my car. I wish I had a beautiful singing voice, but I sing anyway. My favorite thing? It's my family--they bring me the greatest joy in life. 

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I can remember a lot of adults at church encouraging the youth to pray and ask God for direction about our lives, about what was true, what choices we should make, etc. So when I was 14 years old I resolved to find out if the faith I had been taught by my parents was the right faith--to decide how I would live. I figured the best way to find this out was to ask God Himself. I prayed that afternoon, alone in my bedroom. I can still see the bedspread beneath my elbows and the bunkbed above my head. I was very serious and very sincere. In the silence of that moment, waiting on my Heavenly Father, I knew in my heart and in my mind--by words impressed on my thoughts and feelings in my heart--that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was my God's church on earth. I knew at that moment that its teachings would help me to live the happiest life possible. I got an answer by praying to God and I knew it! I can't ever forget it--I had no doubt then and I have no doubt now. I was young, sure, but I knew for myself. The answer I received to that prayer many years ago has been confirmed and reconfirmed to me as I choose to live my faith. I have found such freedom and happiness, such peace and confidence in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday. In fact, my week just isn't the same if I miss church. It energizes me and brings my perspective back to those things that are most important. I used to teach Sunday School and have responsibility in the women's organization, but recently was asked to work with teenage girls. I teach the youth about the gospel, encourage them to maintain high standards and make good choices. I remind them that they are daughters of our Heavenly Father and that they are loved. I plan weekday activities with the youth and teach them how to be responsible and how to be good leaders.   I try to be a good employee, a good neighbor and contribute to my community. I do my best to, hopefully, make the world a better place.

In whom should we have faith?

Suzanne
Jesus Christ. He is the only One who will not fail us. He cannot. He will not. Faith in a person, faith in a wishful thought--these will eventually disappoint and fail us--and then what happens to our faith? But faith in Jesus Christ is the sure foundation upon which we can build. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Suzanne
The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, was written by prophets of God. The prophets in the Book of Mormon lived in the Americas--about 600BC-400AD. Just like God did in the Old World, He worked miracles in the New World. The prophets in the Americas kept records of their people and the miracles and mercies of God. The Book of Mormon reminds me that our Heavenly Father remembers all of His children. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Suzanne
Our view is that God has a plan for all of His children. That plan is for all of us to live with Him again in the next life as families. He has told us that the family consists of husband and wife. We understand that there are those, who out of no choice of their own, find themselves attracted to people of the same sex. This attraction does not make them any less loved by their Father in Heaven. Nor does that attraction alone make them a sinner. As with any struggle or temptation in life, Our Father in Heaven expects us to resist and rely on Him for strength to overcome or endure. Our Heavenly Father will help us as we do our best to follow Him. He has provided a Savior to help all of His children face the challenges in life. When we do our best to live how God wants us to live and He will give us greater happiness. We each make individual choices, but the greatest joy and satisfaction comes from following God's plan, even when it is difficult to follow. It is also my belief that He will heal us and free us from all of our earthly struggles when we are reunited again with Him.  By honoring marriage as God has defined it, we believe we are honoring God. We feel a conviction to live and share what His will is for His children--this, in hopes of ultimately finding the path that will lead to the greatest happiness possible. We feel it's important because God has said it is important. Male and female were created in God's image, with divine gifts and abilities. Ideally, when man and woman raise a child, they can bless the lives of their children with these gifts. This parent-child relationship is a reflection of the Heavenly Family--except here on earth. While all families fall short of perfection, we nonetheless do our best to follow the pattern and plan He has set forth. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Suzanne
Honestly, I don't know for certain. I suspect it's mostly due to misinformation. I think people who learn about us firsthand, perhaps by attending our meetings or talking to members of our church would not call us a cult. Sometimes fear leads to misunderstanding--and I promise, there's nothing to fear here! Culturally speaking though, I can't help but wonder if some of those things we consider sacred, others consider secret. The word "sacred" is hardly ever used in our society, so it's no wonder that it might be misunderstood. Maybe people feel we are exclusionary. There are certain expectations, or standards, set if we want to receive blessings, such as being honest, paying tithing or not smoking to receive the blessing of going inside a temple. Such standards for admittance to any place are unusual and may lead people to think what goes on inside a temple is secret. I say...live the standards and see for yourself that it is not secret, but it is sacred. And that is what makes the temple a place of peace and holiness, unlike any other building one can enter.  Show more Show less