Hi I'm Anthony
Just got married this summer! I got married in the Salt Lake Temple to the love of my life. Including school, I've been to TX, CO, AZ, CA, ID and NY in the last 3 months... Yikes, I can't wait for the holidays. I'm In Advertising @ my University. Should be graduated but I tend to keep pushing my grad date back... I love wakeboardin', snowboardin', I wish it weren't so expensive boarding, basketball, anykind of good art, the Beatles, Yellowcard, Starting Line, Story of the Year. You can find me @ the gym, running seasonally and football and soccer. This winter semester I'm going to live out my dream playin a bit of Ice Hockey!
Why I am a Mormon
I guess the real question is why do I choose to try and live the gospel? I've always known it was right. In other words, that this is the pure and simple gospel of the Savior Jesus Christ taught. I've found in life, I guess in my journey of faith, there remains constant a wave of opposition which provides ample opportunity to question, ponder, reflect and seek to find the answers. In the seeking I've found that, if wrought with sincere diligence, answers come. I know this gospel is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Growing up, as friends and acquaintances question and even challenge my faith in conversation I've had to study to gain what I believe. No one forces you to live a certain way. Agency is important. If I am to live any certain way it better be because I believe firmly in that thing. I have received my witness countless times of the validity of whatever I was searching for as I study, and ask my Father in Heaven. The doctrines of the gospel have enriched my understanding of my purpose and the role of the Savior in my life. Its hard to agree with that any one religion in our day could have the original authority & gospel Christ established after his ordained apostles where killed off. He gave them all his authority to teach and preach the gospel, to baptize and establish the church and direct it through revelation. Again, Tthe Saviors church was continually directed by revelation. When they were all killed, so died the authority to maintain his church. It wasn’t till hundreds of years later after their deaths until any early copies of the bible were compiled. It wasn’t till over a thousand years later were there versions of the bible being copied. Even with compilations of the bible the only way to hear their words was in church. They were not personal copies. As we see all the bloodshed, conquest and horrors religion brought the world in the dark ages, it’s impossible to agree that Christ’s original church was the driving force behind it. Man stepped in, and soon the currupt leaders saw religion as a platform of power, influence. The pure and simple truths were lost. Sins could be forgiven by one's wallet and wars over the greed for land and power became "holy." Many great men fought against the corrupt leaders and broke off to form their own faiths and to fight for the right to even own their own copies of the bible. So how could there be a church, or an original organization to claim the true authority and teachings of the Savior? There simply was a falling away. One thing I love about this church is that it’s story is found in the bible. Amos tells of a time of drought, a time of apostasy or a ‘falling away.’ The new testament is full of references to a “final restitution of all things.” Namely a restoration. How could there be a restoration unless there was a falling away first? In Ezekial, chapter 37, it explains how the kingdom of Judah will have scriptures they write and the birth-line of Joseph would have scripture that they'd write. Ezekial explains that in the latter-days they will come together and be one in the lords hand. When you find out what happens in the book of mormon you find that a group crossed the sea to the ancient Americas, namely Lehi and his family. They were of the tribe of Joseph and their line of scripture is known as the Book of Mormon. The Bible and Book of Mormon are a testament that Christ lives and finishes his stories, the 2 compilations of scripture in every way a complimentary in doctrine and teaching. The fact that Christ spoke with prophets and established his gospel to a tribe of Isreal in the Americas is amazing. We finally find out who Christ reffers to when He said to the Jews ” Other sheep I have which are not of this fold.” God’s children also were on the american continent and they heard his voice too, just like he said. What a blessing it is to have a knowledge that Christ did restore all things, that he’s called 12 apostles in our day, that we have new scripture, even that which is said from our Prophet today, and another testament, the Book of Mormon, of Christ’s revelation to the ancients in America. What an exciting time to live in. I know that it is true and I know that it brings a wonderful spirit into my life when I am fully invested in its words. I know that Joseph Smith could not have written a book in 80 some days that in every possible way make a perfect doctrinally sound account that’s enlightening, historically, contextually, and spiritually moving. I know Christ lives and that today he continues to lead his church through a prophet and 12 apostles through revelation, that he continues to reveal his word. I know the bible to be true and that it testifies of the validity of our doctrine, even to the validity of the Book of Mormon. I’m so grateful for the direction and the closeness I feel to the savior as I read their words. I'm grateful the Lord has not abandoned us in these last days, that he has brought back the pue and simple truths such as eteranal families and that temples once again dot the earth, that there are apostles again at the head and that we have the chance to be apart of the preparation for the Lord's second coming under the direction of his order.
How I live my faith
The best experience of my life, (outside of being married in the SL temple) was going on my mission. I served in Orlando Fl. There are 5 missions in FL that encompass the state. I was called spanish speaking. Wow, i hated spanish in H.S. and I totally love can't get enough of it now. I was able to serve in Palm Bay, Melbourne, Hunter's Creek (S. Orlando) Kissimmee, and Apopka. I loved my mission, and miss the countless numbers of families and individuals that I was able to serve. Everyday from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm except our preparation days I was able dedicate myself to the mission. Well I have a calling (assignment) in our Young Married Ward (congregation). My wife and I teach on sundays at church. We teach every other week. We usually give a talk once or twice a year. No one is paid. The Bishop makes assignments as to who will speak. Accepting to speak is optional. At least once a month we participate in "Hometeaching" and "Visiting Teaching." Guys do Hometeaching-you and another guy have 2-3 families that you go check up on, share a lesson, and overtime become friends. For the girls its "Visiting Teaching." They go in pairs to 2-3 individual women and do the same.