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Hi I'm Bonnie

I'm a future missionary, a recent college graduate, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

When I graduated with my Bachelor's in History and English, I was not sure what to do with my life. I have a lot of different ideas about future careers and educational opportunities: history professor, editor, author? I had a lot of fun writing an honors thesis about the history of the fantasy genre, and I also think it would be fun to work in the publishing industry. But, more importantly, I have also always wanted to go on a mission. Since I was going to be taking at least a year off from school, I began to think about a mission more carefully. I prepared myself and prayed to know if the time was right for a mission. When I finally made the commitment to go, I was ecstatic! I finished my paperwork as quickly as I could. The letter which told me where I would be serving came two weeks later, and I gathered a group of friends and family to open it with me. I was super surprised to learn that I am going back to France! My junior year of college I studied abroad in France and became more or less fluent in French. Now the Lord has called me back there to put my skills to good use. I cannot wait to share this gospel and the happiness it brings me with the people of France!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for as long as I can remember. My mother's family joined the church when she was young, but they weren't very active and she fell away as she grew up. But when I was born, she realized that she wanted to raise her children in the gospel, so she started going to church again. My dad wasn't a member, but when I was around six, he was baptized. So I grew up firmly in the church. I'm the kind of person who likes to follow rules, so it has never really been a question for me to attend church and other activities, read my scriptures, or say my prayers. As I've stayed active in these ways, I've developed my own assurance that this gospel is true. I've come to realize that God loves me, and He has a plan for me. Whenever I need help, He gives me aid, whether it's finding a lost butterfly toy at age five, remembering the answers for a test in high school, or figuring out what to do with the rest of my life. I love reading the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon; they give me comfort and guidance and teach me truths about the world. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me, and Jesus Christ is my brother and my Savior. I love this gospel for the knowledge it has given me and the comfort it continues to provide.

How I live my faith

In my ward of young single adults, I try to attend as many of the activities as possible. In addition to church on Sundays, we have different meetings on a weekly basis that allow us to share some spiritual thoughts and socialize. Though I tend to be an introverted person, these activities give me the chance to get to know other members of the congregation and form new friendships. I believe that you only get as much out of church as you give in to it, so if I want to make friends, I have to be active! And the results usually measure far greater than the amount of effort I put in. Staying active in activities also helped me overcome homesickness and find a place to belong when I studied in France. The members of my ward there and the other young adults I met at the weekly classes and activities were a huge blessing to me. I am so grateful that this church is an international church and that no matter where I go in the world, I can easily find people who will accept me without hesitation. But I have to live up to my faith to reap the rewards!

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Bonnie
The best way I know of to come to know our Father in Heaven is to talk with Him through prayer. Whenever I'm going through a hard time, I pour my heart out to Him and I feel His peace and love in return. I can feel that He cares about me, and throughout the years I have become more and more comfortable talking to Him as my Father. I speak to Him with respect, but I am also not afraid to talk about my worries and fears and even complaints, and I know that He will listen, love me, and give me guidance. Show more Show less