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Hi I'm Rhonda

I was adopted as a newborn by a loving family. I promote adoption & teach parenting classes as a way of giving back. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Mesa, Arizona where I was adopted and raised by parents who taught me that I am a child of God and to try to live like Jesus did. In 1984 I married in the Mesa temple. I have four great children, all of whom are adults. The three oldest are sons who have served LDS missions where they love the people and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. My daughter is a college student and a beautiful example. I have an AA degree in Administrative Support and a BS degree in Human Services. I love teaching, reading, sewing, and the sunshine.

Why I am a Mormon

As an adoptee, I appreciate the possible scenarios I could have ended up in. Fortunately, a very selfless and courageous young woman put my needs before hers and allowed me to be adopted into an LDS family. I was raised in the Church and never questioned it's teachings. However, the time came when I took Moroni's challenge and made sure I knew for myself that my testimony was my own. I have no doubt that this is Christ's restored church upon the Earth and that He guides it's progress and operations through His prophets and apostles just as He did during his mortal life. I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and this provides positive self-image not possible in any social programs or theories taught or purchased. I was born into Mormonism, but I continue to be a Mormon because it is truth and the only way back with our loved ones to God and Jesus Christ for eternity.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is more than Sunday worship or even membership, but is is a lifestyle. Virtually everything I do, believe, value, and choose is based on the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel, as restored in the latter-days guides every aspect of my life. The most dominant way I have chosen to live my faith is teaching the gospel to my children for the past 25 years in hopes that it will become their lifestyle, as well. My co-workers and those I have served with on community boards and committees have been very aware of my religious beliefs and have felt comfortable in asking me questions regarding my faith. I always appreciate that respectful inquiry. I have had a variety of opportunities to serve in different capacities as a member of the church. Currently, I teach basic gospel principles to a small group of adults who are preparing to attend the temple for the first time.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Rhonda
Our physical body is one of the greatest gifts our Father in Heaven has given us. We want to care for our body as we would any precious possession. In the scriptures we learn that God calls our body a tabernacle or a temple. This tabernacle provides a place for our spirit to dwell. Our body, combined with our spirit creates our soul. In carring well for our physical body, we provide a proper dwelling place for our spirit. Because this is so important, God has given us direction on caring for our temples bodies. Show more Show less