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Hi I'm Bonnie Miles

I am a wife, a mother, a math teacher, a 4-year college athlete, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a little girl I wanted to be a cowgirl and an artist just like my Grandma but as I started going to elementary school I felt called to be a teacher. In high school as I began tutoring my peers in math I realized I wanted to be a math teacher. I quickly grew to love watching their eyes light up with understanding. I have a passion for teaching but also have a passion for sports. I played water polo and swam for my high school swim team. Developing those skills in high school earned me a water polo scholarship at Arizona State University. I played all four years and while it was very challenging I am glad I stuck with it. While in college I met and married my amazing husband. We worked hard in school and I was able to earn my degree in Mathematics and my masters and teachers certification in Secondary Education Mathematics. While completing my masters I gave birth to our daughter. My husband is now in medical school and while the hours are long and hard on both of us we are grateful for the time we get to spend as a family. For now I am a stay at home mom and I tutor on the side. I love motherhood and I look forward to teaching when my children are grown.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the teachings of this church align with my beliefs that I know in my heart to be true. I believe there is a God and that God knows who I am as an individual and that He loves me very much. I believe that His Son, Jesus Christ, is my Savior and my Redeemer and through Him I can be saved. I believe Jesus Christ suffered for my sins and for my pain. I also believe the Bible and the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. As I read from the Bible and the Book of Mormon the Holy Spirit testifies to me that the people spoken of truly lived and the events truly took place. I believe God continues to speak to us today through a living prophet, President Thomas S Monson. I believe Families can be together forever and that the family is central to Gods plan. I believe people can change and make a better life for themselves. I believe by serving others I can be the Lords hands. I believe the little things are the big things and by making small changes in the details of our lives we make big differences. I believe we have been commanded to love everyone, even if they are different from us. I believe the media and entertainment we expose ourselves to have an immediate impact on our spirit. I believe a young man prayed in the woods asking his Father in Heaven which church to join, and that he was visited by God, the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I believe this young man received a record of the inhabitants of the ancient Americas, which provide another witness of Jesus Christ and his ministry in the Americas. I believe this young man, Joseph Smith, is a prophet of God and that he translated this record into what is now known as the Book of Mormon. I know all of these things are true because I have prayed about them and have received confirmation by the Holy Spirit. This confirmation comes as warmth in my heart that spreads through my being leaving no room for doubt. I am a Mormon because it is Gods true church here on the earth.

How I live my faith

My faith guides me in almost every decision I make. From how to spend my time and money, what to watch on TV, how to treat people, what to eat and drink and how to raise my daughter. Our church teaches us to be healthy so I eat good food and consistently exercise. Our church also teaches us to serve others so I find ways to help those around me whether it is by babysitting for a mother who needs some time alone, cooking a meal for a family who is having a hard time, donating clothes and products to the homeless, or calling/messaging a friend I feel prompted to reach out to. There are many ways to serve and I believe helping to lighten the load of those around us is the best way to serve God. I also live my faith by praying and reading my scriptures and applying what I learned to improve myself just a little bit each day. It is hard to pin down exactly how I live my faith since my faith is such a big part of my life. Being a Mormon is a 24 hours-a-day 7 days-a-week kind of religion and yes it is a lot of work, but it is the true church so it is worth it. In church I am currently working with the children ages 3-11 and I enjoy serving them and teaching them the gospel. Many of my friends and family that are not Mormon comment on how happy and wonderful my life is and I try to explain to them that it is because of my faith. My life is full and I am genuinely happy. I would encourage anyone who is seeking for truth and pure joy in life to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it is true. If you do so with a sincere heart the spirit with testify to you that it is true and your life will be changed for the better.