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Hi I'm Tony

I'm a father, a husband, a brother, a son, and I'm a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of 8 children. Once our biological children had grown a bit, we decided to help our comunity be becoming foster parents. Over the course of a few years, we had a group of 4 siblings placed with us. Of course we fell in love with those beautiful children, and had the opportunity to adopt them, and have them sealed to us. We've had our challenges, but my wife and I love them all with all our hearts. Our oldest has returned from a mission, and now our oldest three are in college. From there they range all the way down to 5 year old twins.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family. We were involved in our parish, and attended mass every week - or more. Although I didn't give it much thought, I had lots of questions that could not be answered by the Catholic faith. When I was very young, my father worked with a Mormon woman who shared her beliefs with him. Although he never joined the church, he did see the value in many of the teachings of the Mormon Church. He initiated Family Night from that coworker’s example, and all growing up we held to that practice. As a teenager, I met a beautiful girl that happened to be Mormon. I saw in her family many more wonderful examples of Mormon values. I fell in love with that beautiful girl and married her. A short time later, I met with the local missionaries and they, along with my loving and patient wife, taught me the gospel. Many of those questions I had growing up were clearly and logically answered. It is not necessary that we have all the answers. But in this, the true gospel, we can know everything necessary to return to our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

Working as a counselor to our Bishop, I am blessed with the opportunity to work with young men and women. We often perform service for others, go camping, or simply teach each other. I love teaching them, and I love being taught by them through their examples. I love being able to help others in whatever they need. Weather moving a piano, pulling out a dead tree, or sharing my testimony, I am always happiest helping others.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The welfare services of the Mormon Church are spiritual in nature. When we are hungry, scared, or simply struggling to provide the basic needs for ourselves or our family, it is difficult to concentrate on feeding our souls. In other words, if we are concentrating all our energy on temporal survival, it is difficult to grow spiritually. In order for us to focus on growing spiritually, we must be free enough from temporal stress. We will always struggle with housing, or employment, or even paying for groceries. Those struggles are always learning experiences, and eventually we see the blessings we received during them. However, when that burden becomes excessive or even dangerous, we as neighbors need to come together to help one another. That is what the Church welfare system does. It, in an organized manner, enables us to help our neighbors - whether next door, or across the globe. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Missionary work is the most visible way the Mormon Church helps those around the world. By sharing the gospel with others, we are teaching them how to be truely happy. True happiness comes from living the gospel, following Jesus Christ, and being in the service of others. Show more Show less