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Hi I'm Bonnie White

I'm a yogi, an angel investor, a teacher, a mom, a wife and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've mothered four intelligent and curious children. I've been married to the same man for over 30 years. I've lived in many cities, travelled in Europe, the UK, Mexico and in North America. I have two undergraduate degrees in Education and Public Affairs. I instigate things: book clubs, parties, speaker's bureaus, service projects, classes. I am curious about the world and the people who populate it. I open my home regularly and love to entertain. I go to yoga and the gym regularly and love to walk outside, hike mountains, swim and cycle.

Why I am a Mormon

My first encounter with the missionaries was in the early 70s. My life up to that point didn't have much direction nor meaning.When I looked into the their faces, I saw something that I didn't see often, certainly not in my own eyes. They were happy, peaceful and enjoying their lives. They brought light and purpose and a message that my life was worth something and that Heavenly Father loved me. As I studied with them, went to church, read the Book of Mormon, I wanted to make important changes and decisions that would help me also be happy. I wanted to improve myself and the Gospel of Jesus Christ taught me how to do that. My tesimony of the Church did not come all at once. One night after the missionaries had taught me a lesson, I spent a long time on my knees asking for direction and understanding. I felt a sweet peacefulness wash over me. I felt that this Church was the path I should take to fulfill my purpose here. As I continued to study and practise the tenants of the religion, I found my conviction that I had made the right choice grow stronger. I learned that God speaks to prophets. I learned that the Book of Mormon was a second witness of Jesus Christ. I learned that the Holy Ghost can comfort and teach us. I learned that Jesus' atonement was not just for my sins and mistakes but also for my fears, disappointments and limitations. One of the abiding strengths that keeps me going to Church is how the Church organization allows ordinary people like me to serve and to participate with other people from a broad range of experience, education and socio-economic backgrounds. These opportunities to work in the church as a teacher or youth leader or ESL teacher have helped me discover and develop my talents. Serving other members and in the community have given me a sense of purpose and satisfaction that my life has meaning. No matter where I go or live, I have an instant community and church family that welcomes me and puts me to work.

How I live my faith

For the last two years, I have worked with young women aged 12-17 each Wednesday and Sunday. They come from varied backgrounds and experience, and it has been my absolute joy to teach and guide them. Sometimes this has meant sweeping up flour they've left on my flour after a cooking lesson or driving them across the city so they could attend a piano concert or sleeping in a tent with mosquitoes driving us all mad at girls' camp. With a partner I go visiting teaching each month to visit some sisters in the ward. Sometimes it is just a lesson we prepare but at other times it might mean making a meal, cleaning a kitchen or helping them move. I look forward to this regular association and have made life long friends with my partners and those we visit. I read my scriptures often and seek direction, peace and wisdom as I pray each day. I'm aware of those areas of my life that need refinement and the Gospel gives me the courage and desire to do so. It's a lot of fun being a member of the Church and I laugh a lot. I attend almost everything that is offered and go to the temple regularly. I accept callings and opportunities to serve. The gospel determines my decisions and the Church allows me to practise what I believe. It's one thing to say I'm a Christian but quite another to show up and be counted upon.