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Hi I'm Bonnie

I love children. I'm a mother of 6, grandmother of 10 and have loved and cared for 38 foster children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a happy home and was taught many wonderful values by my parents....to be honest, to service your fellow man, and to always look for the good in everyone. One thing we did not have in our family was any form of organized religion. Mother would often send us to vacation bible school during the summers at whatever church was close by and that is how I learned about the Bible and the Ten Commandments. I cannot say how I learned to pray, but I just remember as a child praying by myself daily to a kind, loving Father in Heaven. I went off to college and met my husband just weeks before graduating. After he finished graduate school, he went into the military and we got to live in many interesting places, including Korea. We adopted three children and started doing foster work for infants and toddlers. I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints while living in Korea. Our family continued to grow as I gave birth to three more children and continued my foster work once back in the States. Now all our children are grown and have families. I even keep in touch with a few of my 38 foster children. I love babysitting my grandchildren, doing genealogy, reading, and crocheting afghans for all the new babies.

Why I am a Mormon

While living in Korea we adopted three children. It was because of our first child that I became interested in the Mormon church. She was very ill, hospitalized and almost died. Since my husband's family was Mormon, we contacted the Mormon missionaries to give her a blessing of healing. I remember holding her in my arms and pleading with Heavenly Father to let her live. I heard a voice in my head say "she will live," and from that day on she got better. I started reading the Book of Mormon, and received an amazing witness. I wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was the true word of God. So I did as Moroni 10:4-5 states, I asked with a sincere heart, real intent and faith in Christ. I felt a warm glow radiating out from my heart and filling my body and I heard in my mind the words, "The Book of Mormon is true." What a glorious moment that was in my life! A month or so later our second adopted infant ended up in the hospital. This time when I prayed I got the impression that he was not going to make it, so I told Heavenly Father that if he wanted him I would accept that. It was hard loosing our baby, but I knew that I would see him again one day. I was baptized two months later in an outdoor font with beautiful hymns filling the air in Korean and English simultaneously. What an amazing experience! That was over 30 years ago. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and my new life as a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to serve in church. Early in my membership I was called to teach the children in Primary and Sunday School. It was good for me as I learned right along with them. I also served for several years as an advisor to the young women ages 12-18. As I matured in my knowledge of the gospel, I was called to serve in a leadership capacity with the women of the Church. I love working with the women as they display such compassionate service to friends and neighbors. They are always willing to bring in a meal to the ill or suffering, babysit for a mom needing a break, clean someone's home, or just provide a listening ear for one needing a friend. I have always had a love of genealogy, and started researching my roots when I was a young mother. Of course, I didn't have much time then, but now that I am a grandmother, I have more time and things have changed due to computer technology. Researching our ancestors is so much easier on the internet than when I used to have to visit the public libraries, cemeteries, and court houses. Currently I serve at one of the Family History Centers and love helping others find their ancestors. We serve the community and are open to everyone no matter what their religious beliefs.