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Hi I'm Bonita

I'm from Arizona. I'm a Mother. Our home became an educational center for my children and our community. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm Bonita. Yup, it means beautiful in Spanish. What can I say? I was a beautiful baby. My dad, who was studying Spanish at the time, couldn't help but exclaim "Bonita" when I was born. I spent my youth in Idaho and Utah and now I live in Arizona. My husband and I have 8 really neat children. They are all grown now and have children of their own. I loved being a stay-at-home mother. We turned our home into an educational center for our children and soon for the community. At first I was the music teacher for piano and vocal groups; and in their own time, each of our daughters became the teacher or our musical workshops. Our sons held sport camps in our large backyard and we operated small home businesses. Now my daughters are stay-at-home moms who teach children in their homes and my sons are all entrepreneurs and successful in their own businesses. I'm glad that I'll always be Mom and Nana. I'll always admire and appreciate the great examples of my children and my grandies. And I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Many of my ancestors joined the church in England and immigrated to Utah. I'm so grateful to have been born into an active Mormon family and been able to enjoy the blessings all my life, and that's why I am who I am. I'm grateful for Jesus Christ and his great example, for the atonement, and for the gift of eternal life. As I learned of him in my youth through my parents and church activity, I desired to be obedient. I made it through my teen and college years without making life changing mistakes that I saw my friends make. I'm so thankful for that. Through service, obedience, and many experiences in church actvities, my testimony grew. I have often felt the spirit whisper to me that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I love that sweet and overwhelming feeling. More recently, when I knelt and sincerely prayed to know The Book of Mormon was true, an intensely warm feeling filled me, one that I had never felt before and a voice whispered, "You already know." Tears filled my eyes as I knew my prayer had been answered. During my life, I've had to sacrifice very little to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many of my ancestors gave up wealth, their families, and even their lives to be members. They are all great examples to me. I love them so much for their sacrifices.

How I live my faith

I've always loved serving in the church and in my children's schools. I really do feel that my callings to serve have made me who I am. I try to go the extra mile. As most LDS children, I began giving talks when I was young. Even though it still worries me greatly to give a talk in Sacrament Meeting or teach a lesson, I grow each time. We call other members of the church "brother and sister". I love the challenge of visiting and helping sisters who are less active in church activity and helping them any way that they need. One dear sister shared with me that those visits were very instrumental in bringing her family back to church. Another sister said she appreciated the visits so much and would always consider me a dear friend. I have served in many different callings. Right now, my husband and I are waiting for a call to go on a church mission. We are excited to know where we are going and how we will once again have an opportunity to serve others and to grow ourselves. Update: Hooray! Our calling came. We are going to serve in Nauvoo, Illinois. It is a church historical sight. It is a busy place, and we know we will be working hard. Our friends who served there said, "A the end of each day, we were so tired, but it's such a good tired." I believe that because I know serving brings such great rewards. We visited Nauvoo a few years ago and just loved our 2-day visit. We would have loved to stay longer. It is such a great place for families to visit. It's so entertaining, full of spiritual growth, and educational. You can look it up on the internet. Please come visit us!