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Susan Elzey

Meet Author Susan Elzey

Susan Dean Elzey grew up as an Army brat, living all over the world, but found her home in Danville, Virginia, when she was 15. Soon after, she fell in love with poetry and writing. She raised seven children in Danville, her oldest daughter handicapped with cerebral palsy, which influences every moment of her life. Returning to school after 17 years, she earned a degree in English and journalism and then a master's degree in literature. Along the way, she published three LDS novels. In a blended family, she and her husband, David, have nine children and, so far, 12 grandchildren. She works as a freelance writer and reporter while she waits for her children and grandchildren to visit and bring her joy.

She is the author of A Chance for Sarah and also You're a Rock, Sister Lewis and True Rings the Heart under the name of Susan Smallwood.

Author's Published Articles
2014-03-26

Being snowbound and alone for two whole days can get one thinking some crazy thoughts....

2014-02-26

So what if you don’t understand why coffee is bad for you?...

2014-01-22

Visiting teaching really isn’t the impossible task it seems to be. Remembering some simple tips can make it a whole lot easie...

2013-12-30

The batteries will die, the toys will break, the kids will be bored again . . . what can I give my kids that will last?...

2013-11-27

In 42 years of Relief Society meetings I’ve only finished three craft projects, and I’ve thrown all three of those away. Is...

2013-10-23

Often, it's only once we look back at our life that we see the Lord's hand in it....

2013-09-26

Turning 60 seemed to be a good time to review what lessons in life I had learned. Were there any? ...

2013-08-28

Sometimes life just doesn’t turn out the way you wanted it to, even if your dreams and your goals were perfectly good and rig...

2013-07-24

A simple experience with a pile of goo on a staircase, a three-year-old granddaughter, and 4 simple words have taught me a deep...

2013-06-26

When the trials end, you may be doubly blessed....

2013-05-30

The angel which helps her find lost things may do a better job than those assigned to her deeper trials....

2013-04-24

Call it “caring,” call it “worry.” Mothers worry. And it’s OK. After all, they’re mothers, and there are tornadoes,...

2013-03-27

After just a few short months of violin lessons my adult daughter performed in the Relief Society talent show. It was memorable...

2013-02-27

For years the stake leaders have made the trek to our small town. I always tossed it off. They were stake leaders . . . no big ...

2013-01-23

Kenny Rogers once sang of a man the "world would soon forget." I met a man I once thought fit that description. But after he wa...

2012-12-27

My Plan A was to be born into a wonderfully wealthy family. Plan B was to marry into wealth. Plan C was to become a famous jour...

2012-11-28

Oh how often we judge by outward appearances, and not by what is truly in the heart. I have judged wrongly and missed the sorro...

2012-10-24

One hymn instantly brings me back to the warm, fuzzy feelings of Vacation Bible School with memories of gluing cotton balls as ...

2012-09-26

When a presidential candidate recently commented that there wasn’t a single parent of grown children who wouldn’t like to g...

2012-08-06

I’ve been wandering in the desert of food storage for nigh unto 40 years, but I think I’m finally seeing the land of (dehyd...

2012-07-25

I, the woman who took only one college-level science class, have disproven the theory of evolution. ...

2012-07-05

What was I supposed to do now that my children were either married or in college or on missions? How was I supposed to live wit...

2012-05-23

"My downstairs looks like the Blitz of London,” she said. I came back with the possum that had wandered into the garage and d...

2012-04-25

As I’ve thought about Pres. Uchtdorf’s General Conference talk, I have remembered times when I tried to stop some destructi...

2012-03-28

We must make sure that what we do with our mortal lives is that of infinite worth and worth more than a cheap stuffed alligator...

2012-02-22

Caring for a handicapped family member is nothing new to our family. Before my daughter Dawn, there was my Uncle Billy, who was...

2012-01-25

Instead of getting frustrated with others I decided to bless their hearts. And I blessed a lot of hearts that week....

2011-12-28

The Christmases we remember are not always the Christmases that were....

2011-11-23

For good or ill, some decisions affect our families for generations....

2011-10-26

Call this a plea from all the thousands of Sunday School and other auxiliary teachers throughout the Church. Read your lessons....

2011-09-28

The birth process of a short book shows the author the process of inspiration....

2011-08-24

If someone is looking for you on Facebook, you might ask yourself why....

2011-07-27

Through the years I learned a few things and have observed many more about how parents teach, or don’t teach, their children ...

2011-06-22

I have several scriptures that I know are in the scriptures just for me, and I find strength in times of fear and anxiety in re...

2011-05-25

How do you live with grace when your trial seems to be without end?...

2011-04-27

Everyone had his or her own set of problems to deal with during the 5K....

2011-03-23

Except for the $5 snack boxes on Delta Airlines featuring dried apricots, there is really nothing I like about flying—except ...

2011-02-23

Cleaning the church building is not usually thought of as a pathway of spiritual enlightenment, but this past December the task...

2011-01-26

Her friend has been presented with a heartrending choice....

2010-11-24

You can still not shop, not eat out, not play sports and at the end of the day not be any better spiritually for it. ...

2010-11-13

I smiled weakly, then watched as my youngest daughter drove away on the same gravel road my other children have used to innocen...

2010-11-03

She was raising seven children, but the professor in her parenting class didn’t believe a word she said. ...

2010-10-27

We may not know where the road goes, but we can have faith that the Lord is preparing the way....

2010-10-15

Pink nail polish everywhere, a plumbing fiasco….treasure up those disaster-day memories. You just may need them. ...

2010-09-22

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into back in the seventh grade when I decided to earn the Girl Scout cooking badge an...

2010-08-25

When I feel alone and scared in the universe and think that perhaps God had forgotten this one struggling child of His in a lit...

2010-07-29

Standing at my sink, which I do a lot, I can look out on the deck and think deep thoughts about the changing of the seasons, th...

2010-06-30

I often envy people who say they read the scriptures and find exactly the inspiration and counsel they need for the day ahead o...

2010-05-26

After 38 years of a close relationship, as her last child graduates, it is time for a tender goodbye to BYU....

2010-04-28

As long as I can remember I have been afraid of most everything....

2009-06-03

Two weeks before our 20th anniversary in 1992, my husband left our marriage. This is what I learned about how to survive....

2009-04-27

With two replaced hips and a replaced knee, Paulette Dean still runs like crazy as the Director of the area Humane Society. She...