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Hi I'm Sonja

I am a mother to three amazing children who are the light of my life! I am an artist and musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family is everything to me. I am the mother of three beautiful children who bring me much joy and happiness. With them, each day is something new! Together we grow and learn through laughter, tears and lots of cuddles. Truly, my family is my greatest blessing. I have a passion for art and music. My educational background is in Fine Arts and I continually strive to develope my talents. I find joy in playing the piano, and have a great appreciation for many brilliant composers. Without question, I would say that Chopin is my favorite composer and I thoroughly enjoy playing his pieces. I love to paint and draw! Charcoal is my favorite medium, as I love the rich contrast that it creates. I recently developed a website to display my work, and enjoy creating new pieces to share. It is my hope, that the work I create will cause us to pause and reflect on the joy and beauty of our world. I have way too many interests, and never enough time! Some of these include: singing, cooking, baking, anything crafty, camping, being outdoors, the company of good friends and anything that involves being active. I enjoy running and going to the gym. I married into a basketball family, and as a result, basketball has become an integral part of my family's life. I will have to say that despite my inept basketball abilities, I find great joy in seeing my children play and progress in their abilities. In summary, the Lord has blessed me with much, and I am grateful for each new day that I have with family, friends and a beautiful world!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints my entire life. That being said, I still had to go through my own conversion process. I realized as a teenager that it simply wasn't enough to live off the faith of my parents and decided that I needed to know for myself if this truly was the Lord's church. In my youth, I struggled with shyness and low self esteem. Many times, I felt alone and burdend by saddness. I had been taught that I was a beloved daughter of God, but had yet to feel it. I remember one night pouring my soul out to the Lord. I shared my pain, my sorrow and my need to know and feel loved by Him. As I sat listening and trembling in my room, I will never forget the feelings that came next. I felt an overwhelming sense of love distill upon me followed by a warm and burning sensation that consumed my body from head to toe. I knew without a doubt that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ knew and loved me. I felt embraced by His love and didn't want that experience to end. After a while, the feeling began to fade, but I was left with a sense of peace. This for me was the begining of my own testimony of the reality of my Savior Jesus Christ. I began reading the Book of Mormon from start to finish. The Spirit stirred my heart, and I found myself wanting to read more and more. Quite vividly, I remember the first time I read in third Nephi about our Savior personally visiting the American continent. Once again, a feeling of love poured over me and I felt again the warm, burning and tingling sensation that left no doubt in my mind that what I read was true. I knew for myself that Jesus lived. I knew that he truly visited the American continent and that he is mindful of all of His children regardless of nationality and race. All are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father and He has provided a way for us all to learn of Him and return to Him. My testimony at that point in my life was quite young, but as I continued to exercise faith, read my scriptures and pray daily, my testimony has continued to grow even to this very day. This knowledge has profoundly changed my life, and has been the source of great joy and happiness for me. I bear testimony that I know my Savior lives. I know He loves me and every one of His children. His perfect life has provided us with an example of how we should strive to be. Every pain or sorrow we feel can be placed at the feet of our Savior because He personally atoned for us in the Garden of Gethsemane. Death is not the end, because through Him we can live again. I love my Savior with all my heart and look forward to the day when I will meet Him face to face. I will bathe His feet with my tears, feel the prints in His hands and feet, and thank Him for all that He has done. How grateful I am for the gospel of Jesus Christ!

How I live my faith

It is my hope and desire that I live my faith in every aspect of my life. For me, living my faith is much more than simply attending my Sunday meetings. Every day begins and ends in prayer and I strive to keep a prayer within my heart at all times. I think of the perfect example that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ set for us, and I try to live each day in a manner that is pleasing to Him. In my ward, I serve as a ward missionary. I love my calling and enjoy helping the missionaries in any way that I can. When possible, I attend missionary discussions with the elders in the homes of people who are interested in learning more about our faith. I enjoy meeting new families, and some of my strongest friendships have resulted from these opportunities. I live my faith by teaching my children about the gospel of Jesus Christ. We attempt to have daily scripture study as a family, and my children look forward to these family readings. Once a week we hold a family activity where we teach a new gospel principle, have an activity, and most importantly...have a treat.

What is the First Vision?

In his youth, the prophet Joseph Smith had a sincere desire to know God's will for him and which church he should join. After reading in James chapter 1 verse 5 he learned, "if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." He felt inspired by this passage of scripture and felt that if he asked the Lord in prayer which church he should join, he would be given an answer. One spring morning, he knelt in prayer in a grove of trees to ask the Lord the desires of his heart. What transpired next was the begining of the restoration of the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Joseph prayed, he described a "pillar of light" falling upon him. He saw "two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description standing above [him] in the air. One of them spake unto [him] calling [him] by name and said, pointing to the other- This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!" (Joseph Smith History 1:16-17) Joseph Smith was visited by God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. He was told to join none of the churches as they were missing the fullness of His gospel. When Jesus Christ was on the earth, he established and organized His gospel with priesthood authority, apostles, and ordinances such as baptism and the sacrament. With Christ's death, and eventually the death of the apostles, the priesthood was taken from the earth. Over time, changes to doctrine and ordinances arose resulting in a variety of Christian denominations. There was no longer "One Lord, one faith, one baptism" as the Apostle Paul wrote (Ephesians 4:5). God had waited until the world was ready to accept and recieve the fullness of His gospel for it to be restored again. Inspired reformers and religious leaders such as John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, William Tyndale and John Calvin paved the way for the world to once again be ready to recieve the fullness of the gospel as originally taught by Christ himself. That spring morning, when Joseph was visited by God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ comprised the First Vision and was the begining of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less