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Hi I'm Anthony

I'm a husband, father, graduate student, soldier, and a Mormon!

About Me

I am entering the greatest period of my life! My wife and I have been married for two and a half years! We have just been blessed with a wonderful daughter who is about five months old. I am starting my graduate studies and will finish my Masters in the summer of 2011. Besides working as a graduate assistant, I also work at the campus library. I am also an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and a current member of the Army Reserve. When I am not working or spending time with my family, I like to de-stress by playing basketball with the young men in our church and serving as their Scoutmaster.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church in April 2010. My parents and sibling are not LDS and I had not heard much about the church growing up. I spent time in many different churches, including several Methodist churches and a Baptist church. I never truly felt that I had found the truth in my searching and stopped going to any church. My wife grew up LDS and encouraged me to learn more about it. It took about five years before I first went to church and met with the missionaries. The upcoming birth of our daughter and the prospect of fatherhood softened my heart. I started to read the Book of Mormon and know that Heavenly Father has a plan for me. Being a member of the Church is all about family to me. It is a great place to raise children, in a community of those who share my values. The Church teaches that family is sacred and I know that following His gospel helps to remind me to be a better husband, father, son, brother, and friend.

How I live my faith

I am blessed to work with the 12 and 13 year old young men in our ward. We learn wonderful lessons on Sunday about how to be more like Christ and follow Heavenly Father's plan. The young men are amazing and learning how unique and special each of them are is a blessing. We also enjoy activities on Wednesday nights and some Saturdays working on Scouting, giving service to others, or just having a great time. I have five families that I home teach with my companion. It has helped me to connect with others in my church and share personal stories that strengthen my faith. I also love to provide service for others inside and outside our church. I frequently help families in our ward move in and out of their homes. I also recently helped in a clean-up from a tornado that devestated a nearby community.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Anthony
A ward is the collection of church members in an area that meet and worship together. A branch is a smaller version of a ward, with a smaller number of church members. A stake is a collection of wards and branches. Every ward and branch belong to a stake. All of the stakes, wards, and branches belong to one church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wards, stakes, and branches are simply ways of helping to organize the Church, in order to ensure that the spiritual and worldly needs of Christ's Church are taken care of. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Anthony
We believe that there is a truth that needs to be shared and everyone deserves to know that truth. Missionaries put aside their lives in order to put this belief into full-time practice. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Anthony
I know that my wife and I can be together forever. I also know that our family will live together in heaven. Part of the joy of being a member of the Church is working towards this goal. As a new member of the Church, I have been studying my scriptures and following God's commandments in preparation for entering the temple. When we are ready, my wife and I will be sealed together and to our daughter so that we can live together forever with Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Anthony
Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the true Gospel to the world. He was a prophet and communicated to us God's messages, as prophets have done throughout the Bible and the Book of Mormon. He was also a man, with all of the strengths and weaknesses that come with being imperfect. While he was a great man, he was simply a messenger and all the glory belongs to God. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Anthony
Nope! It is common and encouraged for most men in the Church to serve a full-time mission. Women may also serve a mission, a fact that I am very greatful for as two sister misssionaries taught me the Gospel. It is a great honor to dedicate two years of your life one and a half in the case of women to serving Heavenly Father and in order to do so, men and women must be living their lives worthily. They do so normally in their late teens and early twenties. However, it is not required. I myself did not serve a mission, as I was 24 with a wife and upcoming daughter when I joined. However, there are also older couple missionaries, who have normally retired and wish to serve the lord. It is my prayer that my wife and I one day serve a couple mission! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Anthony
Of course! Nothing is more important than the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. He is the only begotten son of our Heavenly Father and he died so that we could return to be with our Father. What could be more Christian than that? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Anthony
 We believe in a living Heavenly Father who cares very deeply about us. We are his children and he wants nothing more than for us to return to be with him and to grow to be more like him. He loves us, much as we love our own children. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Anthony
It is the way that Heavenly Father runs his Church. All of our gain comes from his grace. His power created all that we see, so it is only just that we should return 10 of it to him so that we can help build up his Church. Show more Show less