Hi. My name is Susan Noyes Anderson (Sue), and I am happy to be joining the creative team here at Mormon Women. I’ve been aware of the site for some time through my blog pal, Michelle, and I hope I can contribute something of value to this wonderful community of writers, readers, and commenters who are linked by their shared interest in Mormonism. As a member of the LDS Church, I look forward to participating on a site where I can rub shoulders with others, both of my religion and not of my religion, with a view toward increasing our mutual understanding. Hey, finding out what makes other people tick is always a good thing, right?
I was raised in Southern California, the second child of a lovable but imperfect family that included three sisters, one brother, and me. My childhood was basically a joyful one, but as often happens, there were a few traumas along the way. Not the least of these was when my father, a bishop in our church, fell away from our religion and moved us rather abruptly to a new area. I was eleven years old at the time and held tightly through my junior high and high school years to the beliefs that had always anchored me. In college, however, I went through a time of questioning, testing the veracity and validity of everything I had been taught as a child. Over time, I proved to myself that the doctrine of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, as I knew it, was true. Because I am a pretty thorough investigator, this was a long process, but I began to re-establish my ties with the Church shortly after marrying the man I’d been dating steadily for three years. Happily, he was a Mormon, too, (though a completely disinterested one) because we eventually became active in our local ward together and were sealed in the temple a couple of years later.
Neither of us does things halfheartedly, so we threw ourselves into church activity and had wonderful experiences as a result. Our life together has been filled with good friends, strong family ties, meaningful pursuits, and significant spiritual experiences. Today my husband is the bishop of a singles ward, attended by young men and women from the ages of 18 to 30. I teach Relief Society in our family ward and try to stay somewhat involved there while maintaining a close connection to the ward my husband now attends. Sometimes, this is quite a balancing act, but it is also deeply satisfying on many levels.
My interests are varied, but motherhood and writing are where I live. I have four grown children, three grandchildren, and a blog. I also maintain a poetry site that includes nearly 200 of my poems, and I look forward to sharing some of my work here as well. By the way, I’ve authored three books: two of the self-help variety, with the third being a coffee table book of photographs and poetry.
I look forward to getting to know all of you better!
What a wonderful introduction Sue! I’ll be interested in reading your future posts.
These guys are lucky to have you on their team Sue! I look forward to learning more about you! Great website!
Sue, I am so glad to get to know you better! I know you will be an excellent addition to the team!
I so loved the wife of my bishop when I attended a young adult ward. We recently had a 20 year reunion for members of that ward and it was so good to see her again. I am sure you are just as loved!
Thanks to every one of you for making me feel so welcome.
And to Heidi…
What I’ve noticed is that the young adult wards have an amazing talent for making the people who work with them feel appreciated. We have some pretty great youth in our ward!
It is amazing what one learns about people one has known for years! Sue, I am always impressed with your talents and spirit. You are a wonderful addition to any conversation, blog, or lesson!