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Hi I'm Ronda

I joined the church when I was 20 years old. I served a mission in Japan. I am a National Board Certified Teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a husband, 4 children who are all married, and 10 grandchildren. I like to sew and beautify my house. I teach high school math.

Why I am a Mormon

I attended the Presbyterian Church as I grew up. One summer when I was in about the 8th grade, I attended church camp and became a "born again Christian" when I learned the role of the Savior. I committed to follow Him. In the next several years, I attended many churches. I studied the LDS church when I was 19 and began attending. My parents didn't want me to join the church, so I just attended on Sundays. Then I took the discussions again, and, when I saw the picture of Jesus and Heavenly Father visiting Joseph Smith, I really learned that Heavenly Father is a being like myself. My prayers changed, as I was able to communicate in a more sincere way. I decided to be baptized even without my parents' permission. I was 20 years old. I felt the power of the Holy Ghost come into my life and I began to spiritually grow more than I had been able to before. I went on a mission 15 months after I joined the church. What an eternal blessing that was for me! My greatest gift to my children has been sharing the gospel with them. I receive great joy from attending church, from reading the scriptures, and from prayer. the positive feelings I have from these activities are part of my testimony that helps me know the teachings of the church are good and true. As I strive to follow the teachings of Christ, I feel peace in my life and I feel that God knows me and loves me. My prayers and my righteous desires have been answered and fulfilled many times and I continue to learn and grow as I serve others and study the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets.

How I live my faith

I have many opportunities to live my faith. In my job, I teach high school. I try to be an example by loving my students. I can help them understand the value and importance of an education. I can be an example of modesty in my own dress, and sometimes I have opportunities to teach individuals about modest clothing. I my church, I work with the women in our ward. We have our own "womens' club" and our goals are to strengthen testimonies of Jesus Christ, help each other strengthen our families, and to serve others. We have weekly gospel lessons; we have a book club, a singles group, and a humanitarian service group that meet regularly. We also have some large activities where we learn homemaking skills, do crafts, socialize, eat, etc. Each woman in the church is contacted monthly by an assigned sister. In this way, we make sure everyone is cared for. We do much service for each other by taking meals, giving rides, listening, sharing testimonies, helping with housework - whatever is needed when there is illness or other challenges in life. I am a leader in our women's group and I love the opportunity to serve others. I try to follow Jesus by prayer and study and pondering so that I can receive inspiration when I serve others. I know that I am prompted by the spirit at times to say the right things or visit the right people to help meet their needs. To me, our womens' organization is a beautiful evidence of how much Jesus loves each one of us. I also live my faith by spending time with my family and my extended family. We are taught that the family unit is sacred and is a part of Heavenly Father's plan and when we promote our families, we are happy and fulfilled and are helping build the kingdom of God.