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Hi I'm Bunkie Griffith

I'm a Mormon because the Mormon Chruch has helped me know that I am a child of my Heavenly Father and that He loves me.

About Me

I was born in New Mexico and grew up in a small town near the Mexican border. In high school I found out one on my friends was a member of the Mormon Church. When I found out she had to give talks in church and couldn"t go to movies on Sunday I was really glad that I wasn't a member of THAT church. When I was a senior in high school I was the editor of the yearbook. The yearbook advisor became pregnant early that year and quit teaching. Her replacement was nice but knew nothing about producing a yearbook: getting all the class pictures made, taking all the activities and sports pictures, and of course the ads had to be sold. I quickly learned who my real friends were. All my good friends signed up for the class, thinking it was an easy "A". But now the real work began, with major deadlines that had to be met. Only one of my so-called friends wanted to fulfill her committment, plus my new found Mormon friend who did the cover and all the art work. This was my first introduction to how Mormons keep their word and aren't afraid of hard work.

Why I am a Mormon

I answered the door one evening. Two men were standing there in ties and didn't look dangerous so I asked them to come back when my husband would be home. They returned later; I invited them in and before I could ask them to sit down, I knew that whatever they were going to tell me would be true, and that it would totally change my life. My husband and I and our three small children heard our first discussion about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was babtised a few weeks later, having never been to a Sacrament meeting, or even knowing what it was. And this was the beginning of a wonderful new life!

How I live my faith

I was an elementary school teacher, so I was asked to teach the first teacher development class, having more experience in teaching than any of the other eight people in the class. I later became the president of the woman's organization. Later I taught the early morning religion class to the freshmen in high school for nine years. Then I worked in the Cambodian Branch, picking up all the women and children for church every Sunday morning. Only the children could speak any English, and everything for the adults had to be translated. After working with these wonderful Asian immigrants for six years, I was asked to assist the leader of the Mormon women's organization in our city. My last assignment was teaching gospel doctrine before accepting a church education mission call with my husband to teach missionaries and college students in several universities in Pittsburg for two years. Each opportunity was more challenging and more rewarding than the last!