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Hi I'm Bonnie

I grew up in South Los Angeles, CA and currently live in Utah. I am married with 6 children, 23 grandchildren, 26 gr grandchildren

About Me

My family has been my main focus in life. I am married and we are both retired and enjoying our time in sunny St George, Utah. Raising 6 children kept me pretty busy, however I managed to find time to learn about researching family histories. I graduated from Brigham Young University in 1955. I have always loved family history and have spent countless hours researching my family and helping others research their families. As well as helping adoptees find their biological families. I taught school in Augusta, GA before Civil Rights in 1954-1955. Which was an experience I will never forget! I have lectured and taught genealogy classes at various Community Colleges in California.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 15 years old. Prior to that my mother, who was a good Christian woman, saw to it that we attended church regularly. It didn't matter which church, just as long as they preached of Christ. I was baptized in 1935 at the Vermont Avenue Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. We moved quite often and so we would attend whichever church was close by. All of these various churches preached of heaven and hell and that to reach heaven you must be baptized. This worried me growing up because my father had never been baptized in any church and did not attend with us. He was a good man and a good father. Naturally, I loved him greatly and could not bear to think that he would not be in heaven with us. How could a loving Heavenly Father condemn anyone to hell because they had not been baptized? I was invited to the Mormon church by neighbors and learned that "in my Father's house are many mansions". When I heard about baptism for the dead, I knew that was the answer. The truth had been restored! (Read 1 Corinthians 15:29) Whatever happened, I could have my father baptized by proxy after his death. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It tells us of Christ's visit to the Americas after his resurrection. That also made perfect sense to me as I know that Christ loves all people not just the people he knew and taught while alive. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God chosen to restore the original church of Christ to the earth. We belong to the same church that the original 12 apostles belonged to.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by remembering the things Christ taught us and by trying to put them into practice. I love All people and regard them as my brothers and sisters. I have taught my children the precepts of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I treat others as I would like to be treated. I believe that repentance and forgiveness are a vital part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that example is important. I have always served in whatever capacity I was called to do. My husband and I have served church missions in Kenya and Guam. Currently I am assigned to visit 3 women in my ward on a regular basis to make sure they are well and that their needs are being met. I also serve as a Family History Consultant. I love serving in the church!