Hi I'm Anthony
I was raised in North Carolina by good parents who taught me to be polite. After graduating high school in the Denver, Colorado area, I served a mission in Sapporo, Japan. I married my long-time sweetheart in the San Diego Temple, and now we have two beautiful children. Everyday, I try to find ways to have fun. I ride a bike everywhere I go, because I like the wind in my hair and I enjoy the sense of taking a while to get places. I don't eat animals, because it doesn't seem like a nice thing to do. I play incessantly. At work, I draw storyboards for a feature animation studio. Most of my days are spent watching cartoons while drawing cartoons. My son thinks that this is normal behavior for all adult males. At home, I am a husband and a daddy--and it is a blast.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in the church, though in an area where Mormons are a minority. I've been blessed with a believing heart, and never had serious instances of doubt regarding my faith. My true conversion to the church and its teachings probably began when I was in high school. I started reading the scriptures because I wanted to, not just because I was told to by parents and other church leaders. I don't think I was even really looking for anything in particular, but I knew that it felt good to read the words found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon particularly. I certainly didn't understand all (or even most) of what I read, but the feeling was clear enough for me to want to come back. I may not have recognized it at the time, but those feelings were the workings of the Holy Ghost--it was a manifestation of God's love for me. My faith truly blossomed while on my mission. I served among the people of Hokkaido, Japan, living in cities all across the island from Otaru to Wakkanai, Asahikawa to Sapporo. I love the people of Japan with all my heart, and while serving there I grew closer to God by serving His children. As I did my best to forget myself and serve others, God's plan became clearer to me. By loving the people of Japan, I came to know of His love for them and for me. My mission shaped who I am; it drew me closer to my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. Everything that I believe today is based on this foundation.
How I live my faith
Currently I'm serving with a group of 14 and 15 year old boys. We have a lot of fun doing all kinds of activities together. I know the world is in good hands, because I'm getting a chance to work so closely with the rising generation and they are full of faith in Christ. At home, I do my best to support my wife in her child-rearing efforts. More often than not, I'm accused of being one of the kids, but I can get serious when I have to. (I just haven't had to yet.) We are blessed to be in a situation where my wife is able to stay home with our children. I am constantly amazed at her strength and meekness in loving and raising our son and daughter. We have a lot of fun outside, and love going places together. Every night before bed we read our 'Stories of Jesus' and a couple of library books. We are proponents of good dental hygiene.