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 Alma Sonne

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Alma Sonne

  • Birth 5 Mar 1884 Logan, Cache County, Utah, USA
  • Death 27 Nov 1977 Logan, Cache County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Logan, Cache County, Utah, USA
  • Memorial ID 9079131

"Alma was born in Logan, Utah, on March 5, 1884, to Niels Christian and Lise Petersen Sonne. He was one of six children, including a twin sister, Emma Holmgren, who died recently. His parents named him after Alma of old from the Book of Mormon and were promised that he would have the same great faith of his namesake.

He married Geneva Ballantyne, 16 May 1912, Salt Lake City, Utah and Leona Ballantyne, 21 Dec 1943, Logan, Utah.

He left behind a lifetime of service in the Church and in the community. Calling him one of the "giants among men, one that will be hard to imitate," President Spencer W. Kimball joined with other Church leaders, relatives, and associates in paying tribute to their friend and colleague.


Elder Sonne, the oldest of the General Authorities, served 35 years as an Assistant to the Council of the Twelve before being called to the newly organized First Quorum of the Seventy in 1976. His other Church service included serving a mission to Great Britain; serving in two bishoprics and as a high councilor, counselor, and president of the Utah Cache Valley Stake; and serving as a member of the advisory committee of the General Church Welfare Committee. Speaking at the funeral, President Ezra Taft Benson told of his experiences with Elder Sonne in providing welfare services for Church members in Europe after World War II: "He had a great love for the people of those devastated countries. Tears came to his eyes as he listened to testimonies in those bombed-out buildings."

Elder Sonne headed 13 missions of the Church in postwar Europe in 1946–50, and in 1944 was the first General Authority to visit the Pacific area after more than two years of World War II.

Elder Sonne graduated from the Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah, and soon after joined the staff of the First National Bank of Logan. Beginning as an errand boy and collection agent, he rose in the company to become executive vice-president, president, and chairman of the board. He also has been director of the Logan Chamber of Commerce, president of the Utah Bankers' Association, and chairman of the Utah State University Board of Trustees.

In an address at Brigham Young University in 1960, he told of a young man, a student at Oxford University, who felt that he was losing his faith and his testimony. Elder Sonne counseled him: "I do not know anything about science and the things which you study, but I can give you some advice. I believe you have been neglecting your faith and your religion. I will promise you this: If you will give as much attention to your religion and to your faith as you do your studies in science, you will not lose faith."

THE NEW ERA MAGAZINE, 1978, pages 44-47
























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  • Maintained by: S PRICE Nance
  • Originally Created by: Collins Crapo
  • Added: 10 Jul 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9079131
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alma Sonne (5 Mar 1884–27 Nov 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9079131, citing Logan City Cemetery, Logan, Cache County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by S PRICE Nance (contributor 46984618) .