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Hi I'm Rhonda

I Love Laughter, I Love People, I Love Life and I Love Being a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a fabulous family wih 8 kids with an even larger extended family! It's true - the more the merrier - I love my family! I had a great childhood - probably because I grew up in the 80's where we could play outside until it got dark and ride a bike and skate without a helmet. Good times. Good times. I served a full time mission in Chicago, Illinois (1994-1996) where I learned more about the gospel of Jesus Christ - as well as learned to love Christ, the people, the Navy, the food and tall buildings - possibly in that order. I am currently a happy single woman enjoying the love that comes from being a member of a family oriented church. By day I am a legal assistant, and by night I keep myself busy by serving in my church callings, watching television, listening to music, dancing, reading, going to the movies, cooking, visiting family and friends, and starting more projects that I can possibly finish. In addition, I love collecting random facts and information, so I enjoy reading books and articles about pop culture and current events (I'm also a talk radio junkie - I can't be helped). And when it comes to discussing religion and politics - I could talk about that all day and night, well, at least until midnight. Did I mention I love people and laughter? I do. And even though my life has never turned out the way I've planned it, I just remember that God has a better plan.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon by birth and by choice! I thank my Heavenly Father almost every day for the faith of my ancestors - who crossed the plains to settle in the West. Many kept journals to recount the miracles and blessings they received in times of hardship and recorded their testimonies of Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that I will always be as faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ as my ancestors - I am honored to be a part of a strong line of Latter-day Saints. It has been a great blessing to be raised in the gospel, and my testimony, my faith in Christ and His teachings, have only increased from the day I was baptized as a child of eight years old to now. I have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit throughout my life - and I treasure the peace and warmth that I have felt and the knowledge I have gained. I still remember those feelings of the Spirit in my life from my baptism to the first time I read and prayed about the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I still feel the Spirit and the love of God whenever I feel alone or have a bad day, and whenever goodness is present and truth is being taught. I am a Mormon because living the gospel brings me joy and gives me hope!

How I live my faith

One day at a time! I enjoy planning activities, and, if it's worth doing - it's worth overdoing. I have had the opportunity to plan and execute activites for my peers and also for the young women in my area. I have had a blast planning and attending girl's camp for several years now. It has been a blessing in my life because I do not have children of my own, and working with youth has brought me great joy. Instead of having a great influence over a few children - I find that I can have a great influence over many children. Working with the youth reminds me of the love my Heavenly Father has for me - especially as it is stated in the theme that the young women recite weekly - "We are daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves us and we love him." That one statement has been a powerful force in my life - I will never forget it. Because of that statement, I have never felt alone and I know exactly who I am. I know that my God and my Savior are with me - that I just need to turn to them - - and then to the service of others. That is why I am so happy. I love speaking and teaching children and adults alike. There is nothing like learning from the scriptures and from each other. I also enjoy sharing my meager musical talents by playing the piano - on occasion the violin, singing, and leading the music - music brings the spirit so quickly. I absolutely love serving in the church - any chance I can get. It helps me to focus on others - - and not just on myself. I try to live the gospel by reading the scriptures and praying daily, serving those around me - and just trying to follow the example of the Savior - to treat others with kindness. I am better some days than others. I dress modestly, try to keep myself clean (physically and spiritually) and live the law of chastity, which can be difficult in a world that mocks my decision to hold true to my virtue.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A tesimony is comprised of your own beliefs through experience and witness of the Spirit of God. A testimony is very precious and can easily be lost if not constantly seeking it. Having a testimony of Jesus Christ, the scriptures, the prophets and the plan of our Heavenly Father is the foundation of your soul - it is something that no one can take from you. A testimony will keep you faithful in times of hardship and trial. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I attribute the growth of the church to the Book of Mormon. There is no other book that can change a life so quickly and so deeply as the truths written in that book. It is the greatest book of scripture available to us and it was written specifically for our time. The Book of Mormon gives an account of prophets from the American Continent, and the visit of Jesus Christ after his resurrection. It contains the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as the rise and fall of a people who struggle to follow God's commandments. I read from this book of scripture daily because of its power to change my own life. It is truly the driving force behind the growth of the Church in a world where people are searching for the mysteries of life - who we are, where we came from and where are we going. These questions are answered clearly and plainly in the Book of Mormon. I know it is true. Show more Show less