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Hi I'm Bonni Crossen

I live in or near National Parks; I love to volunteer, take Pictures, go Skeet Shooting, ride Motorcycles, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful and loving Husband. I have 3 children, 2 are married, and 4 grandchildren at this time. As a youth, I climbed trees, played football, was in girl scouts, played the flute, then went on to percussions; lived with my mom and older sister, and took in all the stray animals in the neighborhood. In high school, I was on the rifle team and drill team. I was definitely a tomboy! In the past ten years, I have certified as an EMT/Wildland Firefighter, COPE Director, Climbing Instructor, Personal Trainer, Senior Group Fitness Instructor, and fork lift operator. In the last 5 years, I have also been an Office Manager and Bookstore Manager. I have been a Scouter, in BSA, for over 15 years, working at Summer Camps for a few of those years. I designed and helped build the high ropes COPE course at Island Park Scout Camp, ID in 2005-2006; and I'm a Volunteer Guru in any capacity I can find! I work in a Portrait Studio at this time. I am first and always Fun Loving! I ride a Yamaha V-Star Classic with Custom Paint every chance I get! You will never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrist office – It’s what keeps me sane! How about you?

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because, I tried life without my Father in Heaven, and it is not an easy road. We all have our luggage and skeletons. It's what we do with them that makes the difference in our lives. I was a little wild as a youth; with no dad and a mom working all the time. I did whatever I thought would make me happy, but I truely was not happy; always looking for happiness and having it just out of my grasp. As I humbled myself and started relying on my Heavenly Father, the happiness that was so elusive to me, became my constant companion. I love the Atonement of my brother, Jesus. Because of his sacrafice for me, I can repent of my short comings and become a better person. Someone He would want me to be! My favorite saying is "Isn't repentance wonderful!" We are NOT asked to be perfect, just to be honestly striving to be righteous. No matter where we are along the road of life, if we desire to be good, and we are sincerely improving, then we enable the Savior to make us clean through the Atonement. That is all that is asked of us.

How I live my faith

Several years ago, just after we moved out of Yellowstone Nat'l Park, I challenged myself to read my scriptures entirely, from cover to cover. I wanted to do it right and understand them, so I bought a student study (Institute) Manual for each section. It took a few years to read it entirely, but was well worth the effort. I also read books like "Understanding Isaiah" and "Keys to Revelations," mentally and spiritually preparing myself for the challenge. I did not see the growth within me as it was slow, but looking back, I am amazed at the change I have gone through since that time! My favorite positions in the gospel are when I work with the youth. I was with the young women program, teaching and guiding them for a while. I also was in the scouting program as an 11 year old leader, merit badge councilor, on the district and council levels also. But my favorite of all time was the 3 years that I taught early morning Seminary, "Bible Study" before school. That was a fantastic calling! For the past year and a half, I have been volunteering weekly at the Bishop's Storehouse. It is like a local food bank. I love helping those in need and knowing because of my efforts and other volunteers, people will have an improved lifestyle. I work in many capacities there. First on Monday's, I am the computer geek. I plug in all produce, dairy, and meat orders to make sure we have enough for our needs for the week. On Tuesdays, I am out filling orders; bagging dry goods, soaps, and meats. I have also been certified on the forklift, so I can help in shifting pallets and loading the truck. It is a great time with wonderful people! You will meet the salt of the earth working at the Bishop's Storehouse! I am far from perfect; but each day, I strive to be a little better than I was the day before! I just have fun doing it!