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Hi I'm Bonnie

I’m a wife, mom, grandmother, artist, student, Red Cross volunteer, and convert to the Church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married and live in Boulder, CO, with my husband, Keith. Between us we have five grown children and one beautiful granddaughter. I am in school for Emergency Management and Planning. I am also an artist and dabble a little in photography.

Why I am a Mormon

I never imagined that I would become a Mormon. I was 29, single with two children, and struggling to survive. I have suffered with depression my entire life, which only compounded my struggles. One night when I thought I had reached the end of my rope, I got down on my knees (first time ever) and begged my Father in Heaven to put me on the right path because somehow I always managed to follow the wrong one. He answered. Within days a marvelous transformation began to take place in my life thanks partly to my sister, who was a member of the Church but whom I had not been in contact with for years; and partly due to a wonderful neighbor - also a member - whose daughter was best friends with mine. Out of the blue my sister called and asked me to send my children to her in Salt Lake City, Utah for the summer so her children would have someone to play with. I attended my first LDS church meeting when I flew out to retrieve them at the end of the summer, and felt the Spirit touch my soul the minute I sat down on the pew. It was as if I had been wrapped in a warm, comforting, quilt after wandering for years in frigid darkness. I knew that this was where I needed to be. Shortly after our return from SLC, we began attending church with our neighbor. We began taking the missionary discussions. I was amazed at how many of the things I learned about the Church were things I already believed in my heart! My daughter and I were baptized together several weeks later. My son was baptized when he turned 8. I began to see the miracles ("pennies from heaven") and blessings in my life since I had made the choice to learn the gospel and follow the teachings of Christ. It was not as difficult as I expected it to be - perhaps because my burden was made lighter, or perhaps because of the joy I felt as I did what I knew I was supposed to be doing. I was never a bad person, but I had lived a worldly life. I cannot express the peace that comes from living life right.

How I live my faith

I always believed in my heart that people should not profit from serving the Lord (it would be "working", not "serving" and I believe there is a spiritual distinction). One of the things that greatly aligned with that belief when I began learning about the Church was that the local laypeople serve without salary. The tithes and offerings from each congregation are not used to pay bishops or Sunday school teachers - they and most other roles required to keep the 4th largest Church in the world running are voluntary. I am one of many, many laypeople who serve in the Church. I currently serve in a district capacity (called a Stake) to help coordinate the children's Sunday school activities - including the Cub Scout program. Over the years I have served in other capacities, such as coordinating member activities, teaching the youth, and serving in the women's organization - called the Relief Society. Service is central to our salvation. I also learned quickly during my earlier years that when you pay a full tithe - especially when you think you can least afford to - the Lord will bless you immensely. I was uncertain how a struggling single mother with little - and often no - child support would be able to make that kind of commitment. But I did, and never had difficulty paying my tithing AND paying my bills. Somehow there was always money sufficient for our needs. Sometimes it came in the form of "pennies from heaven" - unexpected rebate checks from the insurance or utility companies. Sometimes it came in the form of a raise. Somehow it always came. Reading the scriptures and learning about the Lord everyday - not just on Sunday - is another way I live my faith. I am not a "Sunday Christian". I try to live my faith every day.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Bonnie
I can honestly say that I had no idea what the Book of Mormon was, who wrote it, or what it was about - so I had no preconceived notions when I began reading it. It was not written by Joseph Smith - as so many people believe or have been told by others. It was written by ancient prophets, just as the Bible was, only these prophets - beginning with a man named Lehi and his family - journeyed from Jerusalem to the Americas. They kept journals written in their language on thin metal plates which they passed down from generation to generation to be added to. There were many, many writings - much more than were included in the Book of Mormon. The Lord instructed one of the prophets, Mormon, to condense all of the writings into a set of plates which he handed down to his son, Moroni. Moroni was instructed to hide the records until such time as the Lord decided they would come forth during our time. Joseph Smith was a young boy who was visited by an angel (Moroni) and was told that when the time was right, the Lord wanted Joseph to retrieve the plates from where Moroni had hidden them. The Lord chose a young boy rather than a grown, educated man to do this work for him because he was still teachable, had an honest heart, and was open to learning the ways of the Lord FROM the Lord, rather than from someone else's point of view. After several years, the Lord instructed Joseph where to retrieve the plates and provided him with a special tool to translate the records into English. Show more Show less