- 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