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Bonnie D. Parkin

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Bonnie Dansie Parkin (born August 4, 1940)[1] was the fourteenth general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 2002-2007.[2]

Personal Life[edit]

Bonnie Rae Dansie was born in Murray, Utah to Jesse Homer and Ruth Martha Butikofer Dansie,[2] the third of five children. She was raised in rural Herriman, Utah, working on the family farm and in the family's store, Dansie's Place.[2] Her family had a rich pioneer heritage in the city, which was settled by her father's grandfather at the request of then Church President Brigham Young.[1] There were "lean years," she describes, as her father farmed and also leased mines that sometimes yielded ore and sometimes did not.[3]

Bonnie studied at the University of Utah, where she graduated in 1962 with a degree in elementary education and early childhood development.[2] During her four years at the university, she served as a member of the campus Sponsor Corps, the homecoming committee, the Mortar Board national honor society, the vice-president of her senior class, and the president of the Kappa Delta Sorority.[3]

Upon graduating, she accepted a position as a third grade teacher[1] at Hannah Holbrook Elementary in Bountiful, Utah.[3] During February of that first year teaching, she met James L. Parkin,[1] a first year medical student, at a blind date to the movies.[3] On July 1, 1963, the couple was married in the Salt Lake Temple.[1][2][3] Following their marriage, Parkin continued to teach in Bountiful while her husband completed medical school.[3] Three years later, the couple moved to Seattle, Washington for James's six-year residency. In 1972, they returned to Salt Lake City, where her husband worked in the division of otolaryngology at the University of Utah School of Medicine.[3] The couple has four sons: Jeffrey, Brett, Matthew, and David.[3]

Church Service[edit]

Parkin served on the Relief Society general board under President Elaine L. Jack[2] from 1990 until October 1, 1994.[1] During this period, she served on a committee dedicated to helping young women transition into the Relief Society organization. Following this, she served as second counselor in the Young Women general presidency from 1994-1997[4] under President Janette C. Hales.[2] From 1997-2000, she served a mission together with her husband, who was called as mission president of the England London South Mission.[1] Of her mission she says, “The blessing of serving a mission with my husband greatly strengthened me. We loved the British Saints, as well as our elders and sister missionaries and learned so much from them.”[1] Serving from 2002-2007 as Relief Society General President, Parkin continued her cause from earlier, working alongside General Young Women President Susan W. Tanner to create monthly combined opening exercises for Relief Society and Young Women in order to aid the teenagers' transition to the adult organization.[2]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Bonnie D. Parkin: Relief Society General President".
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Relief Society General President". www.churchofjesuschrist.org. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Writer, BY JULIE A. DOCKSTADER, Church News Staff (1994-11-26). "Her parents' trust instilled desire in her to 'do what is right'". Church News. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  4. Toone, Trent (2017-04-01). "New LDS general Relief Society presidency is unique". DeseretNews.com. Retrieved 2019-07-12.


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