Melinda Evva Barlow, born in Los Angeles, California, to David McKay Barlow and Lorraine Jex Barlow, loves to spend time with her 15 nieces and nephews; earned a bachelor's degree in marriage, family, and human development from Brigham Young University; is vice president of inside sales at HireVue, Inc. in South Jordan, Utah; and is a former Relief Society president, stake Relief Society counselor, stake Young Women board member, Sunday School teacher, and full-time missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission.
Robin Bonham believes in miracles. She believes that miracles are "simply works, or the natural results of the Messiah's presence among men" (Bible Dictionary). Counted among the miracles in her life are being raised in rural Draper, Utah, to goodly parents; marrying the love of her life, Brent Bonham; having six children and 15 grandchildren; and serving among her brothers and sisters in India as companion to her husband when he presided over the India Bangalore Mission. She has learned that when we count our blessings in gratitude each day we will see simple miracles in our lives. "God has not ceased to be a God of miracles. … Doubt not, but be believing” (Mormon 9:15, 27).
Anne Hall Clegg was raised in Holladay, Utah. She married Richard R. Clegg while attending BYU, where she graduated with degrees in French and dance. They enjoy life together with their 6 children and 16 grandchildren. Family, snow skiing, quilting, horseback riding, and friends top her list of joys. Her love of full-time missionary work was realized while serving with her husband as he presided over the Spain Bilboa and Malaga Missions. Through serving and raising a family, she has strived to follow the Savior’s words when He said, “Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me” (D&C 19:23).
Ana Gaertner DeAgostini was born in Brazil. She and her husband, Henrique DeAgostini, are the grateful parents of four children and have two grandchildren. She received a degree in business and worked with her husband running their own international business in the software industry for many years. She has served in various auxiliary callings, most recently as Relief Society teacher and visiting teacher. Sister DeAgostini has been involved in interpretation and scripture translation for the Church. Presently, the words of John 17:21: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee,” are her source of inspiration.
Stacey H. Edgington was raised in Boise, Idaho, by parents who were devoted to their family and the gospel. She and her husband, Brad, have been blessed with five children and four grandchildren. She received a bachelor’s degree from BYU. Sister Edgington treasures the learning experiences she has had serving in many ward and stake callings. Her greatest joy in life is her role as wife and mother. For her, home has been a wonderful place to practice living the foundational principles of the gospel. She finds encouragement in the words of Alma: “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6).
Sandra Rogers was raised by dedicated parents in Joseph City, Arizona, with many examples of faith, integrity, and service. She treasures her pioneer heritage and the courage of latter-day pioneers worldwide. Her academic degrees are in nursing, and her health mission in New York and the Philippines continues to shape her work. She enjoys family, friends, history, sports, and puzzles. Sister Rogers finds comfort and encouragement in the Atonement, knowing that the Savior has healed us “with his stripes” (Isaiah 53:5). She trusts the Lord’s promise that “if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy” (Jacob 5:71).
Elizabeth Dunford Rose was raised in Kaysville, Utah. She married Brent C. Rose after graduating from Weber State University in elementary education and serving as a missionary in the Japan Tokyo South Mission. They have two sons and two daughters. She loves her family and cherishes each moment she can be with them! Through her life’s experiences and service in the Church she has learned that the light of the Savior is always there to strengthen us, give us power, and beckon us upward and onward. The Savior said, “Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not” (D&C 6:36).
Laraine Swenson was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Logan, Utah. She and her husband, Douglas, have been blessed with five daughters, two sons, and 20 grandchildren. Sister Swenson has been involved in the community and participated on the Logan City Council. Encouragement and strength have come through understanding that the Lord’s “grace is sufficient” (Ether 12:27) while serving in callings in Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary; working with her husband as he presided over the California Arcadia Mission; and in her most cherished calling as wife and mother.
Maria Luisa Torres was born in Texas and raised in California. She served a full-time mission in Central America. She and her husband, David, are the parents of five children and have 14 grandchildren. She attended UCLA and received a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in Spanish from the University of Utah. She served with her husband when he was mission president of the Guatemala North Mission. Maria finds solace in the verse from Isaiah that is used in Handel’s Messiah: “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. …Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3-4).
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