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Hi I'm Tony

I'm from Orange County, California. I love listening to rock and roll music from the 60's to the 90's. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My new bride and I live in Fountain Valley, California. We are blessed to have more than 40 of our family members near by (parents, siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews, and aunts and uncles). I am a teacher and enjoy playing basketball and golf.

Why I am a Mormon

In 2006 I started learning about The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints through 2 of my Mormon friends. I also began attending church and meeting with the missionaries. I also commenced reading the Book of Mormon. I was learning so much more about God and feeling so much more fully his spirit at the LDS church than anywhere else previously. It was a huge blessing in my life and brought me a lot of happiness. I eventually decided to be baptized, and I have been a member for 6 years now. I left for a two year mission to Mexico City one year after I was baptized. It was such an amazing experience to be an instrument in God's hands to see many people be blessed by the same message that blessed my life. I know through many different experiences that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of God. I know that like the primitive church of Jesus Christ, this church contains the full and complete doctrines, authority, organization, and blessings re-established by Christ himself through Joseph Smith. I am so grateful that God saved me from the scary reality my life was becoming during college, and has brought me into his marvelous light. I feel the desire to show my gratitude to him by living my whole life as he would want, being an honest and good person, and sharing the message with others.

How I live my faith

I currently participate in missionary activities of the church in my community. I collaborate with the full time missionaries, the ones with the badges, and other local members to share the message of the church with those that are interested to hear. It is a very rewarding experience. Many people are not interested, but frequently we come in contact with people who are curious, and it brings us a lot of joy to be of service to answer questions and help them learn more.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I really do. Not only do I believe that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth, but I also believe that Thomas Monson is a prophet today who leads the church and who God speaks through. Since the death of Joseph Smith, there has been an unbroken chain of succession of prophets since him leading to today. I also believe there are 12 apostles today, just like in ancient times. I understand that is easier to believe in ancient prophets. After all, when Christ walked the earth it was easier for the Jews to believe in Moses who was already dead. However, I believe that like it says in the Bible, "God is the same, yesterday, today and forever."Hebrews 138 So logically, I believe God still loves us today and would call a prophet to guide us, otherwise he would not be the same, and be a changing God. One of the main reasons I have come to truly believe there is a real prophet and 12 apostles today is because I have listened over and over again to their messages. They travel around the world all year long delivering messages. Bi-annually they each deliver a message in a church conference that is broadcast by satelite throughout the world. I invite all to listen to their messages live, or on the internet on lds.org. They are inspired men. They speak with so much power and authority. Their countenances are full of the light of Christ. Show more Show less