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Hi I'm Bonnie

I'm a grad student in history. I love theater, astronomy, and ice cream. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up mostly in Utah, the third child in my family. I am currently living in southern California, working on a Master's degree in history and archival management. I served as a Mormon missionary in Russia. I love playing the cello, singing and theater. I also love star-gazing, tennis, and traveling.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were Mormons when I was born. They taught me about what they believed and I grew up attending church and learning stories from the Book of Mormon and Bible, and about Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith. My childhood was happy. As I grew older, I had the opportunity to consider for myself whether or not I believed these teachings. As I read the Book of Mormon, I continued to feel in my heart its truthfulness and importance. Many times I've pondered the event of God the Father and Jesus Christ appearing to Joseph Smith to restore Christ's church once again on the Earth, in all it's fullness. So often I felt peaceful feelings but also a joyful "burning" in my soul that these things are true. As I strive to live the teachings, I see that I am happy and often feel God's love. I see unexpected blessings in my life as a result of following Christ's teachings and His church. I feel assurance that if I try to do my best in life, God will help me, and eventually, I can live with Him again and enjoy eternal happiness. Though I do not consider myself the most courageous person, the gratitude I have for the Gospel of Jesus Christ helped me decide to serve as a missionary in Russia for 1 1/2 years, in order to share this good news with others.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons,) I attend my local ward every Sunday. My ward is made up of single college-age students. We have a sacrament meeting, which is important to me each week. My current assignment is to help look after the women in the ward. Day to day as I work and go to school and hang out with my friends, I try to make the most of life. I don't drink alcohol. I try to watch movies and listen to music that is wholesome. I start and end each day with prayer, and try to read from the scriptures every day. I love people and find happiness in trying to treat others as Christ did.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

We know that God is our Heavenly Father and He wants us to be able to return to live with Him after death. If we follow Jesus Christ's example and commandments, and strive to do our best, we know that we can return to live with God. We can also be with our families and those we love forever. Forever. This thought makes me so happy. Our marriages can be forever. We can obtain an eternal joy and peace. We also believe that we can continue learning and eventually become like our Heavenly Father. This is His goal for us, His children. Show more Show less