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Hi I'm Rhonda Bodily

I grew up on a small farm in Idaho. I enjoy running and I spend my free time reading good books and hanging out with my family.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mother of 6 children. I have a husband who is a hard worker and an awesome dad to our kids. I enjoy playing and teaching piano, reading, jogging, playing with my kids, and doing genealogy, indexing, and playing fun games on the computer. I have 3 children in college and 3 children still at home. This is a unique time in my life where I can see how my children are able to excel away from the home, and appreciate the children I still have an opportunity to teach and influence in a positive way. I also have had the opportunity to become a substitute teacher in our local school district. I work in a lot of situations with children who have disabilities and am able to help them be integrated into the schools. I see most of the other children accept these kids and love and help them. It is amazing to me to see the compassion and love that their peers are willing to show these special children.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a rural community as the oldest of 7 children, I got to see first hand how everything worked together for our good. I saw my parents' faith through good times and bad, I observed the church members in my ward and how they dealt with their hardships and struggles and was impressed at their strength and the dedication with which they lived their lives. They seemed to find happiness amid the uncertainty of life. I wanted this for myself. My father came from a long line of church members reaching back to Joseph Smith. My mother was a convert to the church. Having this unique combination of viewpoints helped balance out the "traditional" part of religion. I saw the solidity of having many generations invested in membership in the church, and also saw the newness, joy, and excitement of "new" conversion. I got to see my Grandma (mom's mother) join the church, and she was able to see me get married in the temple, something that she missed seeing for her own daughter. I have had my struggles and concerns, but I have been able to call upon the certainty of my being a child of an eternal Father in Heaven to give me perspective, peace, and patience. I also feel great joy and happiness when I am making correct choices and see the positive results of righteous living. There is great peace in knowing where I come from, who I am now, and what I will become.

How I live my faith

I am a naturally sympathetic person. I will go out of my way to make people comfortable and happy. Some of the things that I feel compelled to do to help others are sometimes unusual...even to me! I try to stay tuned into this flow of compassion, knowing that my hands are the hands of the Savior on this earth. The experiences that I have had have been a testimony to me that God is behind these "promptings" and that makes me feel useful and needed. Having 6 children, the majority of them involved in various activities, I meet a lot of people. I enjoy making new friends and sharing my feelings about the Church and it's importance in my life. Serving in the church is easy. One way is through Visiting Teaching. This is based on a system of "watch-care" --keeping in touch with women the congregation monthly. A partnership of two women visits 2 or 3 homes and teaches a short lesson, listens to the concerns, joys, and accomplishments of that sister, and then relays service needs to church leaders. My family enjoys "Indexing" where we take names from public records like census, birth, and death records and enter them into an online database searchable by anyone looking for their ancestors. The most opportunities to serve for me are found in my own home. Showing my children the patience, love, and respect that they need and deserve takes much of my time. This is something that is very close to my heart. I seek for divine help in the accomplishment of this great work.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Rhonda Bodily
This life is a test...it is only a test. Will we be true to who we are and conduct ourselves in accordance with our beliefs and knowledge? Will we share what we have with others? Will we choose to be positive and kind? Will we be servants of our God in reaching out and blessing the live of those around us? We are graded on a curve...compassion, mercy, and a divine understanding of our specific weaknesses and strengths will be factored in to this "test" we call life. The Lord "...looketh upon the heart...:" and for this tender mercy, I give thanks daily. Good luck on your test! Show more Show less