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Hi I'm Ronda

I"m a Mum of a blended family, with 13 children. I"m a widow now, I am studying late in life, and I"m a Mormon.

About Me

I married as a teenager, had 4 children. Divorced after 11 years. Remarried almost 3 yrs later. Bob had 2 girls previous. We Married in the Temple in New Zealand, for time and all Eternity. We started with "our"6 children and then went on to have another 7 children together. 7 boys and 6 girls. Bob was a carpenter and I assisted in in our building business, until his health stopped his working. I began to work in Child care for the next 12 years, Cooking, assisting Special needs children, and being an assistant in the rooms. I became a respite carer just before his death, 3 years ago, and am still enjoying assisting people with needs. This year I also started studying Cert 3 in Community Services work. It was a challenge going back to school after so many years, but it has been a great achievement and I have met some wonderful fellow students. I am also a carer for 2 of our sons that have ADHD, Asphgers syndrome and some learning difficulties. Life wasn't easy for us all as they were growing up. Giving us many challenges. They are good boys, but easily lead astray. The love of family binds us together, through all.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Church when I was born, on my mother's side of the family I was a 5th generation in the Church. My Dad was three when his Mum became a member. I loved the children"s Primary and the youth MIA programs as I grew up. As a teen I didn't think that I had a Testimony, feeling I was just living off my parents beliefs. It wasn't till I was a young bride that I realised that I did have a testimony of my own. I just hadn't realised it. Praying to Heavenly Father for our safety as we travelled on long trips, or for the car to not break down, helped me establish a close relationship with my Heavenly Father. I learnt to pray for all my needs and to listen to and recognise the answers. Being on my own over the last three years has been lonely but with lots of family around 18 grandchildren so far and good friends in the Single Adult program, life has been meaningful, happy and rewarding. Working with the Young Women's program helped me set goals and strive for better things in my life, the greatest was a personal relationship with Heavenly Father. Seeing the teenage girls setting goals and working towards them was another great reward. The Women's Relief Society program has given me the opportunity to be helped and help others in return, Learn new skills and be "Sisters" to each other.

How I live my faith

I have learned many skills working within the Church. Leadership skills that have helped me also in the work force. I was a Cub Scout leader with a church group for 3 years. I learnt lots of skills that assisted me with district scouting events with our Church Cub Scout Group. I was then able to use these Scouting Skills when working the the teen girls youth group teaching them camp crafting skills. Teaching little ones in the Sunday School programs helped me be able to prepare lessons to teach in my Child care employment. Especially knowing lots of songs to share with them. This has also helped me with my grandchildren too. they love to sing too. The greatest thing I feel that I have benifited by, is with being able to relate to women of all backgrounds and needs. To have compassion and love and take a genuine intrest in them and there lives and families.