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John Sonnenberg John Sonnenberg

1922 - living

  • Born 1922 Schneidemuhle, Germany
  • Immigrated to United Staes 1929
  • Baptized as a child
  • Married Joyce Dalton, Salt Lake Temple; seven children
  • High Councilor, Counselor to Stake President, Stake President, Regional Representative
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1984-1989
  • Second Quorum of Seventy April 1989-October 1989

    This bigraphical sketch adapted from "News of the Church: Elder John Sonnenberg of the First Quorum of the Seventy," published in the Ensign, November. 1984, page 101 on the occasion of Elder Sonnenbers's call to the First Quorum of the Seventy.
Dallin H. Oaks, now of the Quorum of the Twelve, was the other counselor), and stake president (Elder Oaks was his counselor for a year before leaving to become president of BYU). Since 1980 he has served as a Regional Representative and chairman of the Chicago Illinois Temple Committee.

    Another important person John Sonnenberg met in that branch back in Louisville was Sister Joyce Dalton, a missionary from Tooele, Utah. In time they were married in the Salt Lake Temple.

    Elder Sonnenberg grins and takes her hand when he talks about his wife: “She’s the greatest joy of my life; the thought of being with her through the eternities is constantly on my mind. She participates with me and supports me in my callings, and she’s been a great architect for our family.”

    All seven children—John, Jim, Brent, Joan (Wardell), Dean, Scott, and Clair (Dick)—were married in the temple. “We’ve spent lots of time doing things with them,” says Sister Sonnenberg, “—home evenings, athletic and cultural events, vacations. John played with them and often took them golfing, swimming, fishing, and to ball games.” Even now they often take their twenty-five grandchildren waterskiing.

    A life of service and love has taught Elder John Sonnenberg “that the Savior really lives; that the Church is true; that we are led by men of God.”

    Elder Sonnenberg served in the First Quorum of the Seventy until April 1989 when he was sustained to the newly created Second Quorum of the Seventy. He served the remainder of his call in that quorum and was honorably released October 1, 1989.

    "News of the Church: Elder John Sonnenberg...," Ensign, Nov. 1984, p.101
    “The Sustaining of Church Officers,” Ensign, May 1989, p.17
    “The Sustaining of Church Officers,” Ensign, Nov. 1989, p.19
    2005 Church Almanac, p.82

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