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Hi I'm Bonnie

I am 75 years old, have been married for 53 years, with eleven children and 49 grandchildren.

About Me

I have always enjoyed learning and teaching. Our religion encourages us to "...seek learning, even by study and also by faith. I graduated from BYU when I was 21 and obtained a Master's Degree thirty years later, mainly taking one class at a time as family responsibilities permitted. I was blessed to be a stay-at-home wife and mother where my education and learning skills were put to use every day in the goals I chose, the interests I maintained and the ways I taught and encouraged our children.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ answers the Big Questions of Life, which means that I know that there is a plan for our time on earth, which we call the Plan of Salvation or the Plan of Happiness. I know that I am a valued child of God, that He wants me to return with honor to His presence and that He has put in our path the guidelines to successfully make our way through the temptations and trials and sorrows of this present world. The greatest proof of His love for me is evident in the atoning sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The gift of the Holy Ghost that we may receive after baptism bears witness of the Savior and also blesses us with spiritual gifts, direction and peace. I am a Mormon because of promises received in temples that if we will try to live our lives with faith and obedience and hope and love, our family can be united throughout eternity. This promise sustained me as our youngest child died from cancer when he was six years old. His faith through those difficult times eased our own pain and we have the same certainty that he had, that our separation is temporary and that he was greatly loved by both heavenly and earthly parents. Family love and family associations do not end.

How I live my faith

My husband and I have served two missions since his retirement. The first was in Cambodia, where we served as advisers and teachers to local leaders. We also taught English and piano lessons, organized events, helped with health needs and interacted on a daily basis with residents and missionaries in Kampong Cham. Our second 18-month mission was to Western MA, where we gave instruction from the scriptures to young adults and also participated with them in organizing and conducting a variety of activities. The friendships we have gained have enriched our lives and strengthened our bonds with Heavenly Father's children wherever they live. Through tradition means, and social media, we have been able to follow the progress of our friends in these areas. At the present time we stay busily engaged in teaching and leadership positions in our local area, as well as hosting many family gatherings where we enjoy sharing our beliefs as well as having much fun together.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Baptism is an outward sign that we are making a covenant with Jesus, to take his name upon us, always remember him, keep his commandments and love and serve others. Baptism by immersion represents our going away from our old life and coming up as if resurrected to a new life as a follower of the Savior. Show more Show less