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Hi I'm Bonnie Peel

I grew up in Pomona, California. I was a stay-at-home mom for 30 years while our four children were growing up. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My brother and I were born in California, into a loving home. After high school I attended a local junior college and I received my Associates Degree. Shortly thereafter I married my high school sweetheart. I went to work as a secretary and helped my husband finish his last two years at the university. We have four children that I dearly love. I was a stay-at-home mom while our children were growing up. While our children were in school I volunteered in the Parent Teacher Association. We had a family business and when the time was right I worked part time in the office. I love to volunteer in the church and in the community. We have 17 grandchildren now. They are the joy of our lives and we like to spend as much time with them as we can.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe its doctrines and principles. I have lived the doctrines and principles and my family and I have been blessed. One of the things that attracted me to this religion is its emphasis on the importance of family. The religion teaches: have a family, take care of your family, teach your family, be a good example to your family and so on. We are encouraged as parents to teach our children the scripture and teach them to pray. The scriptures anchor us to the truth. Prayer draws us closer to God. All through their growing up years we gathered our four children around us in the early morning hour before school and read scriptures with them and prayed with them. It was a wonderful beginning to their (and our) busy day. Our children are now grown and are capable, confident and and contribute positively to their communities. They, too, teach their children out of the scriptures and pray with them. It is my belief that nations and communities are strengthened when families, the basic unit of society, are strengthened.

How I live my faith

In church one day I learned there was a need for tutors at our city’s library. The library had a program for adults who were illiterate. I sign up. I was trained and I began tutoring adult learners. It was a thrill to help these wonderful hard working women. They were determined to learn to read so they could get better jobs and provide a better life for their children. I stayed with the program for about 10 years. We then moved to the mountains and I joined our little mountain community’s community club. I wanted to get acquainted with as many people who lived here as I could. They welcomed me with open arms and put me in charge of the annual pancake breakfast. The purpose of the breakfast is to raise money to donate to our community’s school K - 8th; we also give a donation to our volunteer fire department in the mountains. I served for several years in our church as president of the women’s organization. Our motto is, “Charity Never Faileth”. We are a service organization and we delight to serve where we are needed; for example, a mother might be sick and have small children that need care. In a heartbeat we are there to help. My husband and I reared our children to serve and now they are teaching their children to serve. It seems like the Christ-like thing to do.