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Hi I'm Bonnie

I grew up in California, love music and travel, briefly taught elementary school, and a was a stay-at-home mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After university graduation I became an elementary school teacher, which was a great experience. After having children I became a full-time homemaker and enjoyed that "job" which included creating a lovely home, cooking, and teaching and loving my family. Today, although our children are grown, I am still a wife and mother, and also a grandmother. I have always enjoyed music and can play the piano and sing. At one time I sang with a choir that toured Europe and which won a prestigious music festival. While my children were growing up I sang with a group of 15 women who sang at church and community functions. It was a wonderful outlet for personal enjoyment as well as brightening the lives of those for whom we performed. My husband and I both love to travel, and my husband's "job" has allowed us to travel to many places in the world, providing opportunities for us to meet and learn to understand people of different cultures. We have seen many of the Lord's beautiful creations as well as things man has built to beautify the earth. While traveling abroad we attend our Mormon church services whenever possible, and find that the church members everywhere are loving and welcoming, whether in a large congregation or a tiny group of members. We have met many wonderful new friends throughout the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially I became a Mormon as a child, following the example and teachings of my parents. Eventually, however, I determined through personal experiences in church meetings, in my study of the scriptures combined with personal prayer, and through a witness of the Holy Ghost that what I had been taught as a child was indeed true. I have found that when I am serving others and living the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ, as explained in the scriptures, that I am happiest. Life is not without its challenges, but I find I am able to meet the challenges better when I have the Savior in my life to help me endure and overcome them.

How I live my faith

One of the wonderful facets of our church is that without a paid clergy everyone is given the opportunity to serve in the church. We can be asked to teach, lead, preside, or simply serve others in various ways. Having grown up in the church, I watched as my parents set the example of service throughout their lives. They not only served their neighbors, their friends, and family, but they also served in the church. They served several full-time church missions after retirement, plus their service in the temple lasted into their late 80s. I vowed to follow their example. I've found that by serving I have been blessed in so many ways. By serving neighbors we gain new friends. In serving our family and other families we strengthen bonds of love. By serving in church callings I have learned new skills, developed talents, and gained a testimony of the scriptures. I taught early-morning seminary, a daily 6:00 a.m. scripture-study class for high school students, for many years. Although it was a challenge to get up early prepared to teach the scriptures to a group of sleepy but lovable teenagers, the many hours of daily study helped me gain a LOVE for the scriptures that I value so very much. It has been said that you learn to love that which you spend time on, and that was certainly true for me as the hours of scripture study turned to love for the scriptures and for our Savior who provided them to us. Today my husband and I are preparing to serve a full-time couples mission, beginning in a few weeks, following the example my parents set many years ago. We are looking forward to serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ by serving his children, as he said in Matthew 25:40: "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."