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Hi I'm Tony Earl B.

Wasn't born in Texas, but got here as quick as I could. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married "up" when I married my wife. I'm a dad. Father of six children. 14 grandchildren. Three words that describe me best are: 1) FUN-ologist (I love having fun with family and friends) - 2) Quote-aholic (I write original quotes called Daily Mental Vitamins and post them online) - 3) Possibilitarian (I love exploring positive possibilities with others). I'm a professional speaker, emcee and song-writer/singer. I was the former Ambassador of FUN for the highly successful Southwest Airlines.

Why I am a Mormon

At age 18, I was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the result of an attempt on my part to convert a very talented Mormon singer to our protestant church choir. I asked this young lady in high school one day what it would take to get her to join our church and to sing in our choir. She was very gracious and not offended and said if I could show her something better about my church or disprove hers, she would join. In order to disprove the Mormon church I had to find out something about it, so I began to investigate the beliefs of the church, but more importantly I began to closely observe the behavior of its members. I observed a group of people who not only believed that Jesus Christ was their personal Savior, but were earnestly striving to model their lives after Him and His teachings. I was stunned at the contrast in what I had heard about Mormons and what I saw in their lives. What I saw in their example was a firm faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. What I observed cannot be faked. I was invited by the missionaries to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in my heart the message it contains, and then to ask God the Eternal Father in the name of Christ if the book was true. They told me that if I would pursue this course and ask in faith, I would gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. I did what they invited me to do. And I experienced what they promised I would. As a result, I did indeed receive my answer by the power of the Holy Ghost. And now, I know what I know. I know the things I have shared with you here are true. I invite anyone who really wants to know for themselves if these things or true - to do what I did: Read, ponder and pray about the Book of Mormon. It is the evidence of the truthfulness of the rest of the message of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Was it all worth it? Yep, and it still is!

How I live my faith

I believe that Jesus Christ in my personal Savior and I try to model my life after Him and His teachings. I love my church. I love how it brings me closer to Jesus Christ. I love the Spirit I feel in our meetings. I love how all of the programs for men, women, youth and children are all about supporting and strengthening the family. And I love the ongoing opportunities my church provides for Christian service to others, which always does more for us than for those we serve.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Tony Earl B.
Do what He said: "Come and see. Follow me." Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Tony Earl B.
Only one who was without sin could atone for our sins. And there was only one without sin: Jesus Christ. For His great love and sacrifice to be effective in our lives we must come unto Christ through repentance, being baptized, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Tony Earl B.
In Jesus Christ. He is the only way. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Tony Earl B.
In the words of Elder M. Russell Ballard, quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Latter-day Saints: We believe in the eternity of the soul, that God is the Father of our Spirits, and that we can return to him after death. We believe that Jesus Christ is our personal savior and we try to model our lives after Him and His teachings. We commemorate Christ's atoning sacrifice in our Sunday worship services, similar to taking communion in other churches. We accept as fellow Christians all who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of all mankind. Many Christians do not understand that we have much common ground with them. Joseph Smith taught that Jesus Christ is the core of our belief, and everything else is an appendage to it. The name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe the original church that Jesus established was lost and has been restored again in our day. The Priesthood, the authority given to man to act in the name of God, with apostles and a prophet to lead us, has been restored - as have all necessary ordinances of salvation. We believe in and we use the Holy Bible, both the old and new testaments. And we believe in the Book of Mormon and other books of scripture, which support and authenticate the Bible, and testify of the ministry and divinity of Christ, and of God's ongoing revelation to man. Indeed, the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Tony Earl B.
Modesty is the first line of defense for chastity. Contrary to the norms of many today, one can still be attractive and modest in dress, language and behavior. To be less than modest in any of these areas is to be less than attractive. Parents can best teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior by modeling it themselves. Show more Show less