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Hi I'm Anthony

I have a beautiful wife and three boys. I love hiking, camping, have a degree in mathematics and teach high school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the oldest in my family, with several brothers and sisters. Growing up, I remember spending most of my time with my brothers and the rest of my family. I look back on that and realize that it's probably the reason why I spend so much time with my own boys now. I work a couple of jobs (sometimes more!) so my wife can stay home with my children - don't get me wrong, she works harder than I do. I have a degree in mathematics, and two masters degrees. I met my wife between the math and the other stuff, and she's been my support ever since. In my spare time, I love to sing, play my clarinet, work outside in my garden, or simply take long walks. I love to take my boys camping, even if it's in the backyard, and love to roast marshmallows with them. In the quiet times between when my kids go to bed, and when I and my wife go to sleep, I like to read. I especially love westerns! I fell in love with Louis Lamour novels in junior high, and still read them. I once read a book titled, Life is So Good - mine truly is. It doesn't mean that it's always easy and there are some sad and tough times, but when I look at all that is going well in my life, I can't help but smile.

Why I am a Mormon

The easy answer to this question is because I was born into the church. I wasn't born knowing if it was true however. I was baptized as a boy, and did everything that was expected of me - I always wanted to please my parents and others. Along in high school I started to doubt some things, and questioned if God even loved me. With all the adversity I felt that I was facing, I just about gave up all hope in life, but I wanted to know if what I'd been taught was the truth, and most of all I wanted to feel that my Heavenly Father loved me. So I started to really look at what I had learned, and even taught others. The more I "re-learned" things, and the more time I spent on my knees, the more times I had the opportunity to feel the truth of what I already knew. I realized that I had had those feelings many times in my life, and that my Heavenly Father was giving me witnesses throughout my life - I just hadn't recognized them. I had been taught about Christ, Joseph Smith, and the Gospel all my life, and knew that it was true. But until it became the really important thing in my life, I didn't really know that I knew it. I had all the information, but lacked a true witness. As I began to make Christ the true focus in my life, and tried to implement the gospel in all that I did, I found all that information in my head coming to life, and that witness that I had been missing for so long gradually fell into place. Now, my testimony of Christ and his church are the guiding factor in my life. I've found happiness as I try to live as He taught, and do what I can to let my faith grow. I can't even express the gratitude I feel for my Savior, for the knowledge that he came to this earth to atone for my sins, and is waiting to forgive me as I live as he taught. Now, more than ever, I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ, led by Him though His prophet, and that as I strive to live the Gospel, I can have the happiness he would give me. This is why I follow his gospel.

How I live my faith

The great thing about being in the church is that there are more opportunities to serve and live the Gospel than you can ever do, and there is something for everyone. I've been a teacher to little kids, led music, sang in choirs, taught men my same age, and been a scoutmaster. I've been a clerk, handling the finances of my congregation, and been a secretary to some leadership groups. In all of these, I've been taught and learned new ways that I can serve others. I love how we are taught that the greatest way we have to live our faith and serve others is within our families. My wife and I have had the opportunity to have three wonderful children who consume most of our efforts and time. Right now I'm a clerk over several congregations, and my wife is over the women's group in our congregation, and sometimes we have to juggle meetings and duties. But throughout all that, we take time to teach each other and our children. My greatest duty and job in the church is my time spent as a father and husband.