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Hi I'm Bonnie

I was born in Arizona, where I taught school, married and raised a family. I write and publish music and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona as the oldest of 8 children. My father was on the school board and was selected as Man of the Year. My mother was our state's Honorary Mother of the Year. Pretty good parents! (They leave me no excuse for bad behavior :) I graduated in education from BYU, but before starting to teach, I traveled to Europe for the summer. There I met my husband and sweetheart. We have been happily married for 43 years, and have 7 children and 28 grandchildren. Along the way, I sold real estate part time, taught piano and voice lessons, led children’s choirs, was PTA president, wrote 10 books of music, and established a music publishing company. But my most important and rewarding job has been raising my children. They are wonderful! They turned out lots better than me, only because they were born that way! When my husband retired, we served an 18-month mission for our church in the hills of Tennessee, enjoying the beautiful area and the goodness of the Southern people. We then moved back home to be closer to family. I love to serve! I love to sing! I love my family! And I love my God! I also enjoy talking, laughing, traveling and playing with friends, neighbors and especially family. My husband and I are serving another mission in North Carolina, teaching and working with the young people who attend Duke Univ. and the Univ. of NC. The Lord is watching over us. We feel it daily in the tiny miracles of our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

Originally I was baptized at age 8 because my parents taught me that was what I was supposed to do. But almost 60 years later, there are many, many more reasons why I am a Mormon. Those reasons include the rich joy it brings to my life, the peace and contentment I feel, the relationship I have with God and the knowledge that this is what He wants me to do. Because I am a Mormon, I understand why I am here on earth and where I am going when my life is done. I know that I am a spiritual being having a mortal experience; not a mortal who is having a spiritual experience. I have an insatiable love of studying the scriptures and searching for truth. Because of that and my life’s experiences, I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I know it! I know that He died for my sins, and that because of Him, I can repent when I make mistakes and become clean once again. I know that God has a plan for my life which includes my husband and my children. All of my children. Twenty six years ago, 4 of my children were in a car accident and my oldest son died at the scene. No amount of living can prepare you for the unimaginable pain of losing one of your children to death. But my deep sorrow and all-consuming grief has been encompassed about by a sweet peace that comes from the Holy Ghost because I know God’s plan for me and my family. This life is short when compared to the eternities that lie ahead. God has promised me that I will have my son again because my husband and I were married in the temple for time and eternity by someone with Priesthood authority given by God Himself. Nothing, except sin, can separate us. I pray that when I leave mortality, I will have the opportunity to kneel at the feet of my Savior, and thank Him in person for all that He has done for me. Because of the magnificent gift He gave to us all, I have the hope to live with my family again. All of my family.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings in the church, and they have given me a major education! The latest calling was as the choir director. That was fun! Also, my husband and I taught the Marriage Enrichment and Parenting class in Sunday School. As we taught others, our own marriage grew stronger as well. An extra blessing! My faith defines everything I do in my life. It is the foundation for all the decisions I make; from the big ones, like who to marry and where to live, to the little ones like whether to return the extra quarter to the cashier. I try to live each day with integrity, with enthusiasm and with gratitude. And then I know there will be no regrets. I’ve lived a lot of years in this old world, and if I’ve learned anything, it is that happiness comes to me in great abundance when I am living the way God would want me to, whereas worldly pleasures that are wrong in God’s sight, will turn sour sooner or later. When I am obedient to those gentle promptings that come from Him, I never go wrong. My choice is to live my life with faith in God, with a love for people, and with happiness.