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Hi I'm Toni.

I grew up in Weiser, Idaho & I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in a small Idaho town named Weiser. I was blessed with great parents and two brothers, both of whom I looked up to. f I graduated from college many moons ago with a degree in music education. During my first year of teaching school, I met my husband, Ron. We were married in the temple that summer & by the end of my second year of teaching, our first son was here. I have been a stay-at-home mother ever since. We have had five children, two sons & three daughters. We have lived in most of our lives in Jerome, Idaho. We are now, after almost thirty-five years, empty-nesters. I have loved being a wife & mother. We have three beautiful granddaughters who are the joy of our lives.While I have many hobbies and interests, my family is the most important part of my life. I love being a member of the church because, among other things, it helps me be a better member of my family. In the busy-ness of today's world, I think it can be difficult to stay focused on what means the most. I don't want to look back at the end of my life and say, "If only..."

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by a dear mother who taught me the gospel. Her parents had drifted into inactivity in the Mormon Church when she was about ten years old. She had a beautiful voice and earned money, in her college years, singing for the services of various denominations. She had known my dad since high school, and he was going off to war. They became engaged and were later married. When my brother came along, Mom decided it was time to go to church. She worked hard to become actively involved in the church. I didn't know it was hard for her until later. She never complained. I am grateful for her efforts. My dad was not a member for the early years of my life. He encouraged us to go with Mom, but did not want to go himself. I really could have gone either way. None of my closest friends were members of the church. One of my grandmothers belonged to the Methodist faith.I liked going to church with her because her church had beautiful stained glass windows, & they fascinated me. I had friends in the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church, & the Baptist Church, among others. I was invited to go with them to their youth meetings. We lived next door to the Baptist Church. We loved the minister & his wife. They were such good people. I attended Vacation Bible School every summer of my early childhood. I learned many wonderful stories from the Old Testament and sang fun, rousing gospel music. But early on, I found that I did not feel, at those meetings, the way I felt when I went to Primary, Sunday School, & Sacrament meeting at our church. At that time I didn't know what was different. I just knew it was. I could feel it, & there was no denying it. I had a wonderful, dear bishop who took great care to shepherd those of us in the ward whose fathers did not attend. He loved us all, and we knew it. He was a teacher in our high school as well. He never pushed us. He cared about us, & he always knew what was going on in our lives. He made sure we made the trip across our state to the temple every year. We had wonderful older couples who drove us and helped make those experiences meaningful to us. In my college years I came to a point where I needed to know for myself if the church is true. All throughout my youth I had experienced people trying to influence me to go a different way, but at this time the pressure became intense. I decided that if I wanted to know the truth I would have to search. I started getting up at 500 every morning to study and pray for answers. I did not have any sudden revelation. At the end of the semester, I was sitting in my religion class. The teacher had told us we were going to have a time when we could share how we felt about Heavenly Father, the Savior, and the gospel. As I sat there, pondering, the Spirit of the Lord came into my heart strongly. I knew that the gospel is true, and I knew that I had known that all along. I am grateful for this time in my life. It helped me to establish habits that have served me well these many years, through good times & bad. I gained a real love of the scriptures, of learning through the Spirit, and of prayer. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is here upon the earth today. He directs us though His living prophet.  

How I live my faith

I have spent many years working in the woman's organization of the church, the Relief Society. I have organized a lot of workshops to help strength homes & families. It has been a great blessing to me. I have worked to help administer the church welfare program. I have seen first hand how the Relief Society blesses both individuals and families. I have had the opportunity to work with the music, both with kids and adults. Right now I am leading a choir which will soon put on a program about charity. We have been practicing every Sunday evening for the past four months. Music teaches great messages. I am also working as the director of twenty four re-enactments from the Book of Mormon for our youth conference this summer. I love being with the young people.   

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

My husband, Ron, and I are currently serving a mission in Battle Creek, Michigan. We love the people and the area. Ron & I have planned on going on a mission together our entire married life. We both love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are grateful for the many ways it has enriched the lives of our family members. It has been a great blessing to us to have a prophet lead us and guide us. We have had help in teaching our children how to handle and overcome the problems in our world today. We enjoy the blessings of the temple. Having lost a child in an accident many years ago, we are grateful to know that he is ours forever, if we repent, are baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. Of course, we realize that it is only possible to have that blessing through the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of these blessings and others, we have a desire to share the truths which we have been taught. We hope to help the members of the Battle Creek Ward spread the Light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others who are seeking the sweet peace that it brings. Show more Show less