What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Sophia Anne

I love my family. People say I sing like an angel but the only "angel" I know doesn't say a word. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

About me? Well I am a 50-something year old wife and mother. I have six children who I love dearly. Five are sons, grown but not necessarily grown up if you catch my drift. They're still working on being "grown-ups." But then aren't we all? I have five sons like I said and since I grew up with brothers this suits me fine. Boys are terrific! A very special blessing in the lives of my husband and I and all those boys is a daughter with Angelman Syndrome. I'll try to write more about that as I go along. I live in a beautiful rural area in the western United States. Far enough west to occasionally smell the Pacific Ocean on the wind during some warm summer days. I see farms and cattle and mountains most every day. I don't always see people other than my own family. I said I'd write about my daughter who has Angelman Syndrome (AS). AS is a genetic mutation that causes developmental delay, usually seizures, usually little or no speech and a host of other issues. My daughter does not speak but that doesn't mean she has nothing to say. She tries to communicate with gestures, sounds and we think "spirit to spirit." Trying to "listen" to her needs and wants with a part of myself other than my ears has given me an (I think) unique experience that not everyone gets to enjoy. She gives love to me most of the time even when I probably do not always "get" what she needs or feels. Our whole family has benefited from having our "angel" in our home!

Why I am a Mormon

I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!! I love the perfection of Christ's gospel and the guidance He gives me through the great plan of happiness. I love the courage I receive even in a world where I believe, accept, and expect a lot of ugly things to happen with greater frequency every year.

How I live my faith

I love the Church. I love my local ward and stake. (These are church units of folks. A ward is the smaller unit and closest to your home. A group of wards belong in a stake. Sometime we meet as a big stake unit but mostly as the smaller ward unit.) I have been blessed to serve in a number of different ways. This is partly because we have a small ward and everyone is vital and there is something for most people to do who will say "yes." :-) I have served in Primary (little kids group) as a teacher, a secretary and as Primary chorister. I have served the Relief Society as a teacher, music leader, pianist, and in the presidency. I have been Ward Organist for many years. I served as a den mom when some of my boys were in cub scouts. One of the choicest blessings I've experienced is working with the Young Women. (Perhaps this adds something missing since there were all those brothers and sons.) I have taught and advised the Beehives 12-13 year old young women three times now and also served as President of the Young Women for a few years. How precious to see their growth in those special teen years. Other than making service in family, church and community a priority, I think living my faith is a daily personal lifestyle. Scriptures, prayer, reflection on ones own righteousness, a dose of humility often, and repentance, repentance, repentance.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Sophia Anne
I believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it has been translated correctly. Sadly the bible has had many translations since the words of the prophets of God and Jesus Christ himself were spoken. Doctrines have been hashed over by mankind for a variety of reasons and not always for righteous purposes. I happen to believe the King James version is closer to our Heavenly Father's truth than many and that there are writings from modern day revelation that help us to understand more directly from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ what the truths in the Bible are all about. Show more Show less