Hi I'm Sophie.
I am a wife and the mother of three dynamic teenagers, 15, 17 & 18 years old. My 17 year old son has autism. This has been a great adversity and an amazing blessing at the same time in my family's life! I work as an AVID tutor in middle school and high school, getting kids reading for higher level classes and ultimately college. I like the challenge!
Why I am a Mormon
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because it is the true Church of Christ on earth, restored today through Joseph Smith the prophet. I converted to the Church when I was 20 years old, in France, where I grew up. I was a non practicing Catholic. The Holy Ghost testified to me, very powerfully, that the missionaries were teaching me the truth restored, so I was baptized and confirmed a member 20 years ago and I have been true to the faith since then. My testimony has grown and grown brighter and stronger, and it is my single most precious possession, something I do know I will forever hold dear. Joining the Church has literally saved me from darkness and a world without hope.
Could you talk about your baptism?
The day I was baptized was one of the happiest days of my life! I remember feeling so elated that I was following the Lord's example and His will for me. I knew that faith in Him and His great Atonement, and repentance had brought me to the waters of baptism. I was ready to commit the rest of my life to following Him. After the baptism by immersion for the remission of sins was performed, I felt clean and forgiven of my past mistakes. What joy! The only thing that brought a cloud of sadness was the fact that none of my family members were supportive of my decision... Nevertheless my best friend was there and that was enough, for now... When I was given the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying of hands, I felt peace and calm come to my very soul. I was told to be an example to my family. And I have tried to be for the past 20 years. Baptism opened the straight and narrow path for me. Naively, I thought that the path would be easy and smooth. It has been anything but... However, I KNOW that having the Gospel in my life has made my life much easier to live and my adversities much easier to bear. Because I know that no matter what happens, God loves me and cares for me.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer plays an extremely important part in my life. To me, not praying is akin to being in the wilderness, owning an amazing compass, and while trying to find our way North and back home, never bothering to get the compass out of our pocket and look at it to check which way we should go! Prayer is a sure way to check if the way we are going is right or if we are actually headed for the cliff... God will not always tell us clearly, because we must make decisions for ourselves, but He will tell us whether those decisions are right or wrong! I NEED that influence in my life each and every day!
How I live my faith
I live my faith quietly and through my words and actions. I hope to treat others as I want to be treated. I try to serve others to the best of my abilities; reaching out to others with a meal or a visit when needed is a good remedy for me when things are not going so well at home with my son. It helps me refocus my attention elsewhere! I also teach my son formal religion classes each and every day. Those could be deemed taxing, as they require extensive studying on my part and a lot of patience upon delivery! But they have proven to be an immense blessing to both teacher (me) and student (my son), and we are both edified.