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Hi I'm Sondra

I grew up in Utah, have lived in Arizona, and Pennsylvania. I'm mother to five, and grandmother. I'm a sixth generation Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother. I recently became a grandmother and I'm figuring out what that means. I love to get lost in a good novel. I find satisfaction in maintaining my home. I have discovered that because my career choice is 'mother in the home', it afforded me opportunities to creatively use my time and energy to volunteer, and develop skills that have proved valuable and kept me relevant in many arenas. Since my children are all now adults I have renewed my interest in sewing, knitting and crochet. I learned to do these things as a girl but have often felt less than proficient at any of them, however, I have discovered that I am really quite knowledgeable and successful. Over the years I have collected quite a bit of fabric and yarn. Part of the motivation for honing my skill is to use up what I have for the benefit of someone else, and to clean out my storage room. I like to cook and experiment with ingredients. I like learning new things and exploring new places. We have a family tradition of taking the children on what they often call "lame" trips over the Thanksgiving holiday. There is nothing so sweet to me as sharing time and experiences with my family, but having a conversation (often recounting the "lame" trips, or a scientific topic) around our dinner table is my all time favorite activity.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon first because my parents taught me the gospel and now because I have sought to understand and know the truths taught by the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I remember as a teen wondering what it would mean to me if I discovered that Joseph Smith was a fraud. I decided to find the truth. In the years since, I have found time after time that what he taught, and the scripture he brought forth in The Book of Mormon is the truth. Following those truths, believing in the divinity of Jesus Christ, trusting in the Atonement, and the words of living prophets since, has led me on a path of personal development that allows me to live confidently, serve skillfully, and know charity. The truth that families are meant to be united eternally and the resources and guidelines God has provided in His church are the most valuable tools I have found in the raising of my children. If I followed the counsel to read scriptures daily with my family, my children learned to read. If I encouraged my children to write in a journal as the church leaders advise, they learned to write. Children who attend church services with their parents learn to sit quietly and participate appropriately in learning activities. The Lord has revealed to mankind through prophets, ancient and modern, all the truth we need to find satisfaction and joy. Being a Mormon allows me to find answers to my questions, and teaches me how to live hopefully.

How I live my faith

As a girl I was asked to help my mother teach a class of 8 year olds at church. My mother taught me to prepare lessons and love the sometimes unruly children. As a college student I was asked to teach a class of my peers in the women's organization at church and learned another set of skills. Since then I have participated as a teacher or leader in almost all of the auxiliaries of the church. As a member of the church I covenant to use all my resources in the service of God's children. This has led me to volunteer in parent groups and classrooms at the schools and in the community where I live. I have been a den mother in the Cub Scouts, and advancement chair in the local troop of Boy Scouts of America. For 28 years I have been a member of American Mothers, Inc.(R) sharing my love of motherhood and working to protect the family with mothers from all over the United States of America. Currently I serve as a leader in the women's organization of my local church congregation charged with overseeing the spiritual and physical wellbeing of the women and their families. I spend many hours pondering and praying for direction, and visiting their homes. I often feel ineffective but remind myself to do what I know to do in faith and trust God to find someone to do the rest. I believe that it is not in grand and well rewarded acts that I am most blessed but in responding consistently to needs within my small sphere of influence.