Susan Easton Black was born and reared in Long Beach, California. Susan was the first woman
to teach religion at BYU and the first woman to receive the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished
Faculty Lecturer Award for her research and writing, the highest award given a professor at
Susan has served two missions for the Historic Sites Department, a mission as a
psychologist for LDS Social Services, a mission to the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, and a mission in
the St. George Temple Visitors’ Center. Susan is the mother of three sons. She enjoys writing,
speaking, and being with George.