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Hi I'm Suzi

Born in China, raised in Utah, about to finish medical school - and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Suzi and I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was born in mainland China but moved to Utah with my family when I was 4 years old. I'm in my last year of medical school and getting ready to start residency in pediatrics. I have one (super cool) younger brother, a tank full of fish and awesome parents! I like cold cereal, good books, and thought provoking conversation. I believe laughter and love are the best medicines. I love to learn! One day, I hope (like everyone else) to change the world! :)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Utah and so the influence of the LDS Church was all around me. I was invited to attend church services when I was young but I never really understood the meaning of the gospel until I was about 14 years old. I had a wonderful friend who invited me to attend an activity that was specifically meant for the young women (12-18 yrs) of her congregation and I enjoyed every moment of it! From that point on, I continued to learn and grow in my knowledge of the gospel. Slowly but surely I began to realize that I had finally found the peace and joy I had been searching for. I knew when I was about 16 that the LDS Church is true, there was no doubt in my mind. There was no other church that answered all of my questions and no other place that I felt such a strong connection with my Father in Heaven and my Savior. Like it says in James 1:5, "if any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." And I did. The Holy Ghost confirmed to me the truth of this restored gospel. I know that my Redeemer lives! I know that my Father in Heaven and my Savior loves me. I know that because of this great love, our Father in Heaven willingly set His Son here, and Jesus Chris willingly suffered and died, so that we could be cleansed from our sins and be redeemed by Him. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of the Lord and that he, by divine guidance and inspiration, translated the gold plates into the Book of Mormon and brought forth the restored gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true account of the inhabitants of the ancient Americas and that it bears an additional testimony of the divine mission of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that the Lord has provided us with living prophets at this time to continue to receive divine inspiration in this ever changing and increasingly turbulent world. My parents asked me to wait until I was older to join the LDS Church, and so when I was 18, I was baptized and I've never looked back. :-)

How I live my faith

As I continue to grow in the gospel (I joined the LDS Church when I was 18), I've found that the more I do, the more I learn. One way that I currently serve is working specifically with the women in my congregation (ward). The women over the age of 18 in my Church are organized into a group called the Relief Society where our motto is "charity never faileth." Our congregation is a special one made up of only young single adults (ages 18-30) and during this crucial time in our lives, we need all the love and support we can get! I serve with three other sisters to help our congregation leaders with the women of our ward. We spend time visiting them each month and trying to help meet both their temporal and spiritual needs. Wonderful new friendships are made and our goal is let each woman know that she is a daughter of God and that He loves her! We are here to help each other increase faith in our Savior and personal righteousness, strengthen home and families and prepare for the blessings of the eternities.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Suzi
Prayer is one of the greatest privileges we have here on this earth. He hears every single one of our prayers, regardless of our circumstances. Pray to Him, tell the Lord of your heart's desires and He will hear your prayers. He will answer the righteous desires of your heart in His own time. Pray to Him with all sincerity of heart and He will hear you and you will hear Him. As you do this, you will be able to grow closer to Him and His ways. The more you speak with your Father in Heaven, the more He will speak with you and you will come to know your Father in Heaven. As you do this, you will have an increasing desire to serve others and by serving others, we are fulfilling our Father's commandments and serving Him. We cannot know a Master we have not served. Pray and serve, those have been the two of the most helpful things to me to grow closer to our Father in Heaven. As you do so, you will feel that you are growing closer and closer to your Father in Heaven--it's the most wonderful feeling in the world! :-) Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Suzi
When I joined the Church, my mother felt very strongly against it in part due to her belief that the Mormon church doesn't give the women equal rights. Fortunately, my mother now has a clearer understanding and is no longer against my membership in the Mormon church. Mormon women are some of the most normal and friendly women you will probably ever meet. Our motto is "Charity never faileth." That sums up how we try to live our daily lives. We are not perfect, nor do we think we are. Rather, our goal is to live the life that Christ did and to follow the teachings of our church's leaders. Mormon women are eager to gain an education and continue learning even after formal education ends. We believe in complete equality of men and women, the Lord sees us all as equal before His eyes. However, we do have different missions here on this earth. We believe that our most important calling is that of a mother. Many women in our church may not have the opportunity to be a mother in this life, but that does not stop them from following our Savior's footsteps. Men and women both have equal responsibility in the home and in the Church itself, just in different aspects. We are to be equal partners, not one dominating over the other. In any faithful Mormon home, you will find that the husband and the wife share equal but differing responsibilities for the care of their family and home. Show more Show less