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Hi I'm Sonia

"The gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me overcome many trials. My dream is to publish my life story. I'm a Mormon."

About Me

I was married in the Palmyra, NY Temple in 2003. I already had three children: Christopher, Erica, and Angelena as I was once divorced and once widowed. My husband, Blake and I have since had two more children, Curtis and Marie, so my five children range from age twenty-eight to five. I have a two yr old grand-son, Mark who has captured my heart. Unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to be around the children of my two step-daughters, Amber & Sarah. The logistics of blended families can be so challenging! Currently, I am a stay-at-home mom. My dream is to publish my life story with an emphasis on how the gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me to overcome and heal from childhood and spousal abuse and the many ways I coped, which include food addiction. I will not go into those experiences here, but I am open to being contacted by those who are striving to overcome similar challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

I am both a "Lifer" and a "Convert" to the Mormon faith. Although born in Utah with a rich heritage of Mormon ancestors, my parents left the church to live among some fundamentalist families who practiced polygamy. It was not until 1993 at the age of 30, that I chose to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There were many things in my life that came together to lead me back to the Mormon faith. So many of my living relatives were practicing Mormons and they all influenced me, especially my maternal grandmother, who loved me unconditionally. I took note that those who regularly attended church and really lived what they believed made better choices in their lives, were better educated, healthier and seemed to be happier than the family members who did not. I now know many of my LDS relatives were praying for me to turn away from the worldly lifestyle I was leading and to come back to my childhood faith. Prayer works! I've seen such a positive change in my family and myself since I joined this church. Before I investigated this faith, I looked into many other religions. There was always something missing for me. Next to my family, this religion is the best thing in my life. Living as a practicing Mormon helps me to stretch and grow my soul to change in positive ways. I am becoming more loving, patient, kind, thoughtful, and healthy. I draw closer to Christ on a daily basis one step at a time as I am becoming more of who and what He wants me to be.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has no paid ministry, which means every member is given a job to do. We call those jobs callings. My callings have stretched me beyond my comfort zone and given me rich experiences I would not have otherwise had. Through them, I have connected to other members I have had the privilege to serve with, as well as those we have served. The Church is my second family. We are truly brothers and sisters. As a sister, I'm automatically enrolled as a member of the Relief Society. Relief Society is the largest and oldest women's organization in the world. It's purpose is to bring women and their families to Christ through gospel instruction and charitable service. I have had the honor of serving as the Relief Society President. It was a very challenging, yet fulfilling calling. I love how many opportunities there are to serve in a church with a lay ministry. I have been involved in many charitable activities in the community including making quilts for the needy, kits for victims of disaster or abuse, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, feeding the hungry a Thanksgiving meal, yard and home clean-up, assisting families when they move; the list is endless. My callings have included serving as a teacher of adults, teens, and young children's classes. Currently, my main calling is to support my husband as he serves as our Branch President. I strive to be a good neighbor and a good example of what Mormons ought to be: disciples of Christ.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Sonia
Not everyone has a chance to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ while they are on earth, yet the Bible is very specific that everyone must be baptized before they qualify to enter into the Kingdom of God. Once someone passes on, they no longer have a body, so it is necessary for us who still have our physical bodies to do this ordinance for them. If this were not so, God would be a partial God. Show more Show less