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Hi I'm Soni

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Louisiana and I am proud of my Cajun culture. I love to eat, sing, and visit with friends and family.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. My family is somewhat unique in that we are a blended family with children from previous marriages and one child togther. This fact has brought some unique challenges our way, but we have overcome much and our oldest son has forever bound our hearts together with the birth of his two beautiful girls. I love being a mom and I love being a "mawmaw" (Southern talk for grandmother). I have been blessed to be able to stay home and raise children fulltime; however, I started college in 2000 as a part time student to pursue a PharmD degree in pharmacy. After many years of studying late in the night, I will graduate as a pharmacist in 2012. I am a convert to the church. I am the first person in my family to become a Mormon, which has been difficult at times.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Southern Baptist and I went to a Catholic highschool. My mother took us to church as children where I learned about Jesus and many wonderful truths. My father was Catholic, but did not attend church. I often attended mass on Saturdays with my paternal grandmother. I loved going with her and seeing all the beautiful statues and stained-glass windows in the cathedral. As a young adult I shared a special bond with my maternal grandfather, who began to search for answers to important questions about life, death, and healing when he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. I sat up many nights with him and read from the Bible in the book of James where priesthood blessings of healing were described. My grandfather, who I called PawPaw, wanted this type of blessing so he could be healed from his cancer. He was searching for things that we did not know about or have access to at that time. PawPaw and I had long talks about life and about the Bible passages we read together. Sometimes we would just sit for hours in the dark room and listen to the stillness. He would have me read the 23rd Psalm every night, because it brought peace to him. He died when I was pregnant with my first child, which was his first greatgrandchild. I immediately recognized the truths being taught by the Mormon missionary couple as the things my PawPaw was looking for just a few years earlier. I felt his approval and happiness the day I decided to be baptised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everyone in my family did not understand, but my mother knew that it would be all right. I am a modern day pioneer in my family, but the true pioneer was my PawPaw who knew and felt that there was knowledge out there somewhere that would match the verses in James that described the priesthood and its power to heal. I continue to learn truths and I strive to understand the plan that the gospel unfolds to me precept by precept.

How I live my faith

I attend church each Sunday even when I don't want to get up and get dressed. I'm always glad that I went. My husband and I have been teaching children ages 8 turning 9 yrs old each Sunday. They know so much about the gospel and about their Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. We studied the Old Testament last year and the New Testament this year. I always learn so much from these children. I visit a few other women each month who also live within the geographical boundaries of my ward. This is called being a Visiting Teacher and the idea is that a team of two women can be assigned 2-3 other women to visit each month and check up on in case there is a need or just to be friends. In this way, everyone is being watched over and we can better serve each other. Some of them are not active members of the ward, but I try to bring a message of love and friendship to them. I want them to know that I care about them and that I can be there for them if they need help or just need a friend. I recently made one of my famous Cajun dinners for a family that lost a child. This family had recently moved into our neighborhood and one of the ladies from our ward is their next door neighbor, so she knew of the recent death of their child. It made me feel good to be able to bring dinner with cupcakes for them at such a difficult time. I would have never known about it if my friend from my ward had not reached out to them. I try really hard to bring honor to my Savior's name by being kind, friendly, nonjudging, and loving to the people I come in contact with at school and in my community. I try very hard to live and love as Jesus would have me do. This takes constant and diligent prayer on my part, because I make mistakes and lose my patience often. I am so thankful that I can repent and course correct daily. I am so grateful for the guidance and roadmap that the gospel brings into my life.