Susan Evans McCloud

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Susan Evans McCloud (born July 28, 1945) is an American novelist, author, poet, hymnwriter, and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).


McCloud has lived much of her adult life in Provo, Utah.[1] She is the mother of six children,[2] grandmother of nine, great grandmother of one.[citation needed] She is an active member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, has written several programs for,[clarify] and other materials for the LDS Church.[citation needed] She and her family are deeply involved in their Scottish heritage.[citation needed] Her youngest daughter is studying in Glasgow, Scotland.[citation needed] Her only son plays the bagpipes, and was featured in "A Celebration of Family History" held in the LDS Conference Center on April 29, 2010.[citation needed]

McCloud was a member of Joseph A. Cannon's 1992 Utah County Steering Committee when he was seeking the Republican Nomination for Senate.[3]

In 2004, McCloud was given the Reed Smoot Citizenship Awards business women of the year award.[4]



Two of McCloud's hymns appear in the LDS Church's 1985 hymnbook. One of these, "Lord I Would Follow Thee," has also been recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.[5] Lines from this hymn have been quoted in the LDS community,[6] and it has even been called "one of the best-loved songs in the LDS Church"[7] McCloud wrote her other hymn, "As Zion's Youth in Latter Days," with the goal of giving strength to a "vacillating youth."[8]

McCloud has also contributed to film music used by the seminaries of the LDS Church.[9]


McCloud has published more than 45 books.[10] Since the late 1970s she has published nearly one novel annually, many through the publishers Bookcraft or Scribe Publishing. Her novel Black Stars Over Mexico was a best seller in January 1985.[11] Brigham Young: An Inspiring Personal Biography was partly developed as a result of her 30 years as a docent at the Beehive House.[12] McCloud also wrote a book on love with Randy Jernigan.[13]

Many of her novels are historical fiction of 19th-century Latter-day Saints in far-flung places, such as England or India. Some reviewers have criticized her novels as being pro-Mormon and repetitious of previous themes.[14] Her work has been reviewed by Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought[15] and Sunstone Review, where it also received some criticism.[16] Although rejected by some critics, her work is praised by others, such as LDS commentator and Deseret News columnist Jerry Johnston.[17]

McCloud's poetry first appeared in the Ensign magazine in 1972.

McCloud has also written scripts for film and TV productions, including the script for making one of her books into a made-for-TV movie.[18]


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