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Hi I'm Rhonda...

I value family, my testimony of Christ, and the learning and faith growing process more than anything! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an officially adopted Texan- I figure after living here for 20 years that I can claim it. I am married and combined we have six beautiful children, ages 11-24. Three of our children are in college, one is on a mission (Cincinnati, Ohio Mission), and two are still here, at home. I am working full-time as an Office Manager but when I have time for fun, I am an avid fan of movies, learning, nature, yoga, photography, traveling, and trying new things- such as hip hop dancing! My family and testimony of the Savior mean everything to me.  I come from a large Utah family of 7 children (5 living) and our parents who have now been married 48 years, which is pretty amazing! Being the oldest child, I learned about setting an example and how to lead. It has served me well as an adult to be comfortable with decision making and for the time that I was a single mom. We feel the love of our Savior and Heavenly Father in our lives and we are thriving in beautiful ways!

Why I am a Mormon

I am the first born child of 7 to a dad that comes from generations of Mormons, and my mother who joined the LDS Church as a teenager living in Alaska. I was baptized a member, by choice, when I turned 8 years old. Since then life has taken many turns and in this process of learning and growing I have taken the time to evaluate my beliefs and faith. Part of that process is almost scientific to me: I have a hypothesis, I experiment by being obedient and then by praying and then finally I am given knowledge of truth. With each truth that Heavenly Father has blessed me with, more have come my way as I have embraced these concepts with a sure knowledge and with a sincere desire to know more. Today, I am more sure than ever that I choose to be a member of this wonderful gospel, Christ's restored in full, church! My relationship with the Savior has brought peace to my otherwise crazy life. The fulness of the gospel has given me a confidence that I can do anything that is a righteous desire, and the entire package of this way of living has brought me joy, joy, JOY!

How I live my faith

My husband and I just celebrated our first year anniversary! Together we have lived our faith by centering our marriage on Christ, our Heavenly Father, and the things of eternity. I've spent a good deal of time serving our children in an effort to help them in this transition. Living my faith also included selling my home, moving into his, the process of texturizing, painting, and decorating our home, and seeking employment. I also accepted the responsibility to teach Gospel Principles in Sunday School. On the side I use my photography to serve- taking photos of families and other non-profit efforts. In the past I extended this service to an interfaith council that met several times a year, bringing members of the Jewish, Muslim and Mormon faiths together to discuss different prophets of the Bible. These photos and my writings were eventually published in an international Muslim newspaper. It is wonderful being a part of something local and something larger than yourself, too. In addition to all of this, whenever there is a local service project to create/sew things that others in the world need, having been affected by world disasters, I contribute as much as possible. I have many photographs of the hundreds of booties, hats, blankets, toys, hygiene kits, etc that have been made by women who want to share their love with others they may never meet!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

 Actually, no one is required to serve a mission! In our faith we do encourage our young men to serve, and recently my son returned from serving a two-year mission in the Carlsbad, CA mission. What a joy this mission experience was for both him and our little family. My son had the opportunity to meet new people and share his love and testimony of the Savior as often as someone was willing to listen. He wrote home weekly and shared his amazing experiences as well as his struggles/growing experiences. As a parent I cannot imagine a better way for our youth to develop their own testimonies of the love our Father in Heaven has for all of us while serving strangers. I did not serve a mission in my youth, but I sure hope to when I retire!  Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

We believe that all life is sacred and take the work of creation seriously. Therefore, our view on abortion is also taken seriously. Abortion is considered a sin unless rape, incest, or the life of the mother is in jeopardy. What a very difficult decision to make if you were to be in one of those circumstances! In place of abortion, we do advise careful planning, being chaste unless married, and if one were to become pregnant and could not keep the baby- our church has an amazing adoption program!  Show more Show less