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Hi I'm Zonda

I live in California. My husband and I have 5 wonderful children. I taught elementary school for 18 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and met my husband at BYU. He was a farmer from Washington state. Farm life was much different than city life, but I loved it. My husband decided he would like to go into sales and we moved to California. As our family was growing to 5 children, I went back to school and got my teaching degree. I subbed for 7 years when our children were little. Then I taught half time for 6 years-working in job shares--which gave me time with our children. Then finally, I taught full time for 12 more years before retiring. My favorite things to do are: visit our children and grandchildren, travel, exercise, do family history work, and now, learn Japanese.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was little my parents divorced. I had learned that families could live together after this life if the parents were married in the temple for time and eternity and the family members kept God's commandments. I remember asking my parents to remarry, even if they didn't love each other so that we could be a family eternally--after we die. I was a little selfish in my desire, but I knew then, as I know now, that God is our father and he loves us and wants to bless our lives. He has so many rewards for his children that desire to follow him. Continuing the story of my family, 5 years later, my parents remarried, and this time for time and all eternity and my brother and I were sealed to them in the Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know this is not the outcome of most divorces, but it showed and continues to show to me that Heavenly Father loves me and listens to my prayers. I know that the gospel and teachings of this church are from God, will bless our lives, and will guide us back to his presence.

How I live my faith

In my teaching career I tried to add lessons on moral values and hopefully inspire the kids to want to be kinder to others and set good examples for their siblings and friends. My husband and I also get to participate in community and church service projects. We help out yearly as Helping Hands on community service projects, serve out our local soup kitchen, and cut and roll grapes on our church welfare farm. My husband and I have always had the opportunity, as adults, to serve as home and visiting teachers. We are assigned a number of families or individuals to become friends with and serve in any way we can. Over the years, I know my life has been blessed by many close relationships that have developed while I was loving and serving woman at church. While I was trying to bless their lives, they were blessing mine! Soon, my husband and I will be leaving home to serve a church mission in Japan. We look forward to the opportunity to make so many new friends and share what we know to be true, so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bless their lives also.