Hi I'm Soquel Gladrielle
I am an author who writes uplifting, entertaining works of fiction. I am a passionate advocate for adoption and infertility issues. I enjoy attending book clubs, good conversation, traveling, dancing, watching movies and TV, performing arts, dining out, and serving people of all ages.
Why I am a Mormon
I was blessed to be raised in the gospel. In my childhood my family moved all over the country which exposed me to other cultures and various religious beliefs. These differences made me appreciate the simplicity of Heavenly Father’s great plan of happiness. There were times in school when my family members were the only examples of what it was to be Mormon. It made me more conscience my words and actions. Over time I developed a great love for what made me different from the other kids at school such as attending early morning seminary and devoting time to prayer and personal scripture study. I am grateful that I have the gift of agency and was able to choose what to believe for myself. It has helped me to develop a strong testimony of different aspects of the gospel. As an adult, the truths that I learned as a youth have become even more engrained and have enriched my faith. I love my Savior Jesus Christ and am happy for the opportunity to worship him through formal means such as church and Temple attendance as well as through individual means such as heartfelt prayer. In times of trials and adversity, scriptures I have studied pop into my mind bringing me comfort and hope. I know that my Father in Heaven knows and loves me as an individual and is aware of my needs and my righteous desires. I am grateful to have the gift of the Holy Ghost as a guiding influence in my life. I am also grateful for a living prophet who guides and directs the Jesus Christ’s church. I love to study the Book of Mormon and find answers that are applicable to my daily life. I am grateful for temple marriages and eternal families. In short, I am grateful for the teachings of Jesus Christ, his loving atonement, and the opportunity to return to live with him in Heaven some day.
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
Without question the greatest blessing that has come to me is a sense of peace. I know who I am and I understand my role in the grand scheme of things. I’ve learned that adversity and opposition are necessary in order for me to truly appreciate the good things in life. They strengthen my faith and hope. My life may not always go as smoothly as I’d like, but even when things are hard I find solace in the teachings of the scripture. Even Jesus Christ had trials and times of sorrow in his mortal existence. The example he provided inspires me to preserve. When I contemplate the atonement I am overwhelmed by a feeling of my Savior’s infinite love for me.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
Wow, what a great question! When the word ‘talent’ is used I think most of us immediately think of the more showy talents such as musical and athletic abilities. Those that know me can tell you I’m not coordinated enough to be good at sports and although I love singing it’s not my strong suite. The set of talents I’ve cultivated include empathy, organization, counseling skills, and writing. I believe I was given these abilities to influence the lives of others. I am often recognized for my writing and seek to use this ability as a tool to inspire, uplift, and influence others to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. I also believe in spiritual gifts like the ability to speak and understand different languages, faith to heal and be healed, knowledge, wisdom, discerning of spirits, the ability to teach by the spirit, the working of miracles, and so on. I know that in this area I have the gift of faith. My personal faith has seen me through many harrowing ordeals and has helped me to be a pillar of strength for others. I continually seek to develop other talents and gifts that will not only enrich mine own but also the lives of those around me.
How I live my faith
As a lifelong member of the Church, I’ve had the opportunity to serve in many capacities. I believe that by serving others, I can show appreciation and love for my Savior Jesus Christ. My favorite service opportunities include ways that stretch talents I already possess such as writing skits for the youth to perform at camp or at ward family gatherings. I especially love mentoring the older children and young adults. Everything seems new and exciting to them and their enthusiasm is contagious. Another thing I enjoy is tying quilts and putting together hygiene kits for our humanitarian aid efforts. When I see needed supplies being sent to places like Chile, Haiti, and other areas struck by natural disasters I am glad that I was able to have a hand in bringing some measure of relief.