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Hi I'm Bonnie

I'm a Mormon. I am a grandmother, a mother, a retired insurance agent, a double amputee, and a full time missionary.

About Me

I have five children and twenty-three grandchildren. When my children were young I did the things that busy moms do and loved that season of my life. When my children all started school I knew I needed to do something to help prepare for the time when they would be in college and on missions. (We would have two on missions and two in college at the same time). I started selling insurance, eventually moving into management and sales training. That was also a busy season of my life with five teenagers, music lessons, and ball games. I loved that season as well. A new season of my life stated eleven years ago when my life took a detour I could never have expected. While on vacation in Australia, I got a strep throat infection that triggered septic shock. The tissue died in both of my legs and several fingers, resulting in amputation. The doctors gave me a 2% chance of surviving. I have not only survived, I have thrived! I had to learn to walk again, which took several years and a lot of pain. Now I am able to live my life with gusto. I love riding my tandem bike with my husband, playing with my grand kids, hosting family parties and grandma days. I also love to garden and I love skydiving! My husband and I are currently serving a full time mission in Seattle, Washington. I am a mother, a grandmother, a survivor, an amputee, and a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. There is nothing more precious to me than my family and I feel the Mormon faith taught me how to teach them and helped me to be a better mother and grandmother. My faith in Jesus Christ has given me a pattern to live by that has brought me peace and comfort, especially in my darkest moments. Although my faith has not changed any of the circumstances in my life, it has given me a perspective that has continued to strengthen and buoy me.

How I live my faith

throughout the years I have had the opportunity to teach and work with children, youth, and adults. I try to live my faith by seizing opportunities to serve others. I have organized an amputee support group for women and often go to the hospitals to visit new amputees. I have had the opportunity to speak throughout the United States and several countries to businesses, youth groups, and church organizations.