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Hi I'm Bonnie

I grew up in the coal fields of West Virginia. I am a bald mom of eight. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the great-granddaughter, granddaughter, and daughter of West Virginia coal miners. The missionaries came to our home when I was seven. My mom took me to many churches during this time. It was a great opportunity to learn to respect and appreciate people of many faiths from an early age. Even as a child though, I could see how my life was changing for good because of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints. When I was about eight years old, we sang a song about missionaries. It goes, "I hope they call me on a mission, when I have grown a foot or two. I hope by then I will be ready, to teach and preach and work as missionaries do." The Spirit of the Lord touched my heart and I knew I would be a missionary one day. When I had grown a foot or two, I was called to serve a mission in Tokyo, Japan. That blessing continues today as my son-in-law served his mission, and my son comes home this Thanksgiving from his mission.

Why I am a Mormon

The missionaries came to our house three times and my dad always turned them away. One day, my friend's mom called and said, "I don't know if I believe what these two young men are saying, but I know they believe it, and I think you should hear them." My mom told them to come right then. We continued to learn from them, attend church, and study and pray. I was baptized when I was eight years old, but I had gained my own testimony and gratitude for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or at least a foundation that I continue to build on daily, even today.

How I live my faith

I currently am in charge of the youth program for the 12-17 year old girls at my branch. Before that, I served as a counselor or assistant to the Young Women President. I have also worked with the little children, the babies, and the adults as Sunday School teacher. My favorite calling is helping with the annual Girls Camp.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

To show our love and respect for our Father in Heaven, we believe in wearing our "Sunday best", in other words to step aside from our daily dress, and wear the best we have. This usually will look like suites and ties, or sport coats and ties for men, and dress or skirts and blouses, sweaters, or nice tops for women. But not everyone's circumstances are the same, and the Lord accepts us as we are. For some, Sunday best might be a clean pair of jeans. The important thing to remember is that the Lords knows our heart and we need not feel inferior if our circumstances are humble at times. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints celebrate Christmas, Easter, birthdays, New Years, and other holidays particular to their cultures. Christmas and Easter are particularly important to us as they celebrate the birth and re-birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We also honor the Sabbath, which has become less and less popular in many parts of the world, but allows us to focus on Christ one day a week. We honor the Sabbath each Sunday by attending church services, visiting and serving others, and spending quality time with loved ones. Show more Show less