What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

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 Soquel Gladrielle

I'm blessed to be a Mormon.

About Me

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.

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.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Soquel Gladrielle
We are women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity. Our lives have meaning and purpose. We are individuals with our own divine mission to fulfill. For some it includes the bearing and nurturing of children, for others it is to serve and inspire in other ways. We come in different shapes and sizes, martial statuses, ethnicities, careers, levels of education, and have diverse interests and abilities. Whatever our lot in life, we dedicate ourselves to strengthening marriages, families, and homes. By seeking the Lord’s guidance we can accomplish the things He would have us do to make this world a better place. We are daughters of God who understand our individual worth and the unique attributes given to women. We seek to develop our talents and gain knowledge through both formal and informal education and we love life. Mormons believe that men and women are equal but different. God created man and woman as individuals with skills and abilities designed to complement each other. A husband and wife are equal partners in marriage. We are taught to respect and appreciate the roles of each gender and to support and encourage our partners to excel in all that they undertake. Show more Show less

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

Soquel Gladrielle
For me, the number one teaching of Jesus Christ is to have an unconditional love towards all people. He taught us that we should love one another and that no greater love can a man have than to give his life for his friends. I may not approve of what other people do but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love and appreciate them as individuals. We all have flaws and I am grateful to know that the Savior is willing to overlook mine and love me any way! Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Soquel Gladrielle
Mormons are Christians. We celebrate religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter. We also celebrate national holidays such as Thanksgiving or Independence Day. We also observe Pioneer Day – a celebration of our ancestors and early church members who traveled to ‘Zion’ aka the Great Salt Lake Valley. We have other customs such as setting aside Monday nights for ‘Family Home Evening’, a time where we gather as families to strengthen bonds, discuss family issues (such as chore assignments and saving for vacation), reinforce necessary lessons (such as using good manners or taking turns), and play games. Because the way we dress for church is a sign of respect and worship, we bathe, primp, and groom. Our clothes are clean, pressed, and modest. In most countries this means suits, or slacks with white shirts, and a tie for men and young men and dresses, blouses, and skirts for women and young ladies. Younger children wear age appropriate clothing that also would be considered ‘Sunday Best.’ Show more Show less