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Hi I'm Tony

I grew up in Northern California and have lived in Minnesota for half of my life.

About Me

I am a 62 year old toy inventor in Minnesota and the father of four amazing children. I have made my living dreaming up toy ideas and licensing them, or trying to, to toy manufacturers. My wife is an accomplished illustrator who is very busy doing work mostly in the toy industry. We have four amazing children with one still in high school. Decades ago I was a missionary in France and Belgium and came to appreciate what I experienced of French and Belgian culture and people. I still am nostalgic about those countries and my heart warms when I think of the good people there. I have enjoyed winter camping, athletics, exploring big cities, Broadway musicals, amateur photography and reading about the cosmos and the smart people making astonishing discoveries out there. I also am fascinated to learn about scientists and mathematicians of old, people like Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Huygens, the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Arabs.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a member of the church because I try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I have become confident that my understanding of my faith transcends my growing up in the church. I have often wondered if I remain in the church because it is the faith of my parents. I am grateful to my parents for their guidance in my early years, however there always comes a time when a person must find out for themselves if it is actually true. The process is both personal and universal. This assurance of its truth comes to anyone willing to make the spiritual experiment of sampling it through reading, participating and praying. I believe if a person gives it an honest and fair trial she or he will know of its truth in a way more certain than seeing with eyes, touching with hands or hearing with ears. This simple cause and effect experience is a pattern the Lord has used through all ages of the earth since Adam. It is not new or invented by Latter-day Saints. If a person responds positively to this prompting of the Spirit and continues to nourish this blossoming gospel understanding, blessings previously unknown begin to flow. 

How I live my faith

 When I can I volunteer in academic events in the local schools. I have given many demonstrations about expanding our creativity to classrooms of children and rooms full of adults. I attend church meetings weekly and assist with our church youth group. I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy photographing my my daughters' cross country and track events and creating giving away photos and slide show presentations to team member families.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

 I like to think that those who call the Mormon church a cult are simply misinformed. I realize that there are parts of our church history that require a bit of explaining to understand and so are easily misunderstood. And there are a few who are unfriendly to the church who would like to perpetuate some of these misunderstandings. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

 Jesus Christ is at the very core of our faith. He is our Saviour, Master Teacher and hope. He is the only begotten son in the flesh of God the Father. We try to follow his teachings and his example. Because of his sacrifice throughout his life, in the Garden and on the cross we have the opportunity of eternal happiness. Show more Show less