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Hi I'm Toni

I'm the wife of a combat veteran, mother of two energetic toddlers and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a military wife for 5 years and now we are a poor college family. I have a wonderful husband and two cute little boys who keep me busy every minute! I love to garden and go exploring with my husband.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the LDS church when I was 3 years old. Growing up I can't say that I ever really questioned it much, and as a teenager I had some special, personal experiences that assured me that God was real and that he knows and loves me. I think it was as a young wife that I really came to know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and to appreciate its value in my life. My husband was deployed to Iraq while I was expecting our first child, leaving me living alone for the first time in my life and 6,000 miles from where I had grown up. I spent more time praying and studying than at any other time in my life, and I had some wonderful people from the church who watched over me and supported me during this time. I came to understand many things, most importantly that God's love and grace will get us through any challenge we are faced with, that His church is organized to take care of us individually and that no matter what temporary separations there were during this life our family is eternal. I love not having to be confused about the important things in life; I could never give up that certainty.

How I live my faith

Having moved around a lot the last several years, the church has been a big part of establishing our family in each new area. Wherever we go I get to be a "visiting teacher" which means that there are two or three women that I am assigned to go and visit each month. We get to know each other and talk about a message that comes from the leaders of the church. It is really a wonderful program because it helps me to get to know people in the new area and helps to make sure that everyone is taken care of. I have gotten to work with the teenage girls several times, teaching lessons on Sunday and helping with activities every week; they always have a lot of love to share with me and my babies! Right now I get to be on a committee of women to plan and conduct activities each month for the other women in our area. We teach useful skills and fun projects. I have also been put in charge of a parent support group, it is nice to have an opportunity to share things that I have learned both as a big sister (with 10 younger siblings) and as a mom. These are both great ways for me meet people and make friends here. More importantly though is what happens in our home. Even though my boys are still small I tell them stories from the scriptures and try to teach them that God loves them and to pray. I love to hear my three year old tell me how Jesus loves each member of our family and how Jesus made the good things that my son enjoys; I hope he will always remember that love. My husband and I try to read the scriptures together daily, with his crazy schedule it is sometime over the phone, but it strengthens our marriage to be united in the gospel and in learning and in praying to know the will of God in our marriage.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe that it is through the grace of God and our Lord, Jesus Christ, that we are saved. We also believe that our Heavenly Father's purpose is not just to get us to a location (heaven) but for us to become better than we are now so that we can have true joy, both now and after we die. Grace makes it possible not only for us to be "saved" when we die, but it is also what makes it possible for us to become the kind of people that He wants us to be. Show more Show less