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Hi I'm Bonnie

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. I'm a happy wife, and a mother of 4 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in New Jersey but moved to a suburb of Chicago when I was 5. I have 2 brothers and 3 sisters and although I live in Utah now we are spread out across the United States. I have always been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but understood that there were many common beliefs between me and my friends of other faiths. We shared a belief that Jesus Christ was our personal Savior and that living a good and moral life would make us happy. Both as a child and now as the mother of 4 children I believe that families are extremely important and when hard times come the things we rely on most are faith and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, but as I grew older I knew I needed to really find out for myself if this religion was right. I read the Bible, the Book of Mormon: Another Testimony of Jesus Christ, and other religious writings. I have felt the Holy Spirit bear witness of truth to me as I've done so. Music is a powerful medium for me and I have felt God's love for me in a special way through the hymns and the music in the "Children's Songbook". When the young women in the church meet together we recite a theme that begins "We are daughters of our Heavenly Father who loves us and we love Him." I know this is truth and I feel joy and happiness as I live the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. My religion helps me know how to do this.

How I live my faith

I have spent a lot of time associating with children and teenagers throughout my adult life. I have been active in the PTA and school Community Council understanding that education and parental involvement are important to all children. At church I have taught classes, led the children in singing gospel related songs, and most recently I have spent a great deal of time teaching and having activities with the teen age kids in our congregation. We have weekly activities where we learn home-making skills, build faith, participate in physical activities and much more. There is so much potential for good in the young people I love spending time helping them to build positive values in their life. I also enjoy going to play the organ at a Assisted Living Facility in our area for a weekly instructional meeting. The residents love the music and enjoy singing the songs of faith that they have been singing most of their lives. The women's organization in our church is a powerful force for good as well, as we meet together to learn more of how we can reach out and love each other and our Savior more fully. In a recent discussion we talked about how when we serve or someone serves us it is another manifestation of the love of Jesus in our life. Although I spend a lot of time in what some would call "church service" the thing I treasure most is my family. I love being a wife to a wonderful, considerate man who loves and respects me and the mother of children who are in their teens and early twenties. Our family isn't perfect, but we keep working to build positive relationships with each other. I believe the family unit is eternal and I deeply love and appreciate my whole extended family.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We are all imperfect people and so we all need the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Through the resurrection and Atonement Christ opened the way for everyone who ever has lived or will live upon the earth to live again. The grace of Jesus gives us all hope. To show our love for this incredible gift we should all strive to live as He would have us do. When we give our life to the Savior we find greater happiness and joy. Jesus wants us all to keep His commandments and in particular to "love one another" (John 13:34). I'm grateful for the grace that we have all been given that will allow us to live again. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

When we respect ourselves and understand that we are all children of God we understand that our bodies are not to be flaunted to the world. We can dress stylishly or simply but with regard for appropriate boundaries. When we dress modestly it helps us to remember that we are not objects but complete human beings. This can then carry over to chastity. I have a daughter and from the time that she was little I tried to dress her in clothes that were modest. Even though a little girl might look cute in a bikini or extremely short shorts or skirts if we help our children to dress more modestly when they are little a higher standard is set. My daughter is almost 20 now and buys many of her own clothes and puts together her own outfits. Because she has respect for herself she dresses in very cute, fun, fashionable and even sophisticated ways, but in a way that is modest and isn't drawing unwanted attention to body parts. My teenage sons and the boys my daughter dates all feel better around teenage girls or any women who are appropriately clothed. Many of the ills of or society could be cured through better choices about how we dress and behave. If we save intimacy for the marriage relationship families will be stronger and so will our society. It isn't "old-fashioned" to save yourself for marriage it is right and it is beautiful. There is a wonderful pamphlet called "For the Strength of Youth" it provides great guidelines of behavior for all of us. Show more Show less