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Hi I'm Tony

I grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I wouldn't mind being a cheese connoisseur one day, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I have lived in the suburbs my whole life, I think of myself as a country boy. Some of my fondest childhood memories include working on dairy farms with my father. I am currently studying statistics at BYU. When I find some free time I love playing tennis, watching football, and snowboarding. The most defining event in my life up until now has been my 2 year mission in the Netherlands. While serving there, I was priveleged to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people from all nations. No earthly words could ever describe how valuable that experience is to me. I hope to use all my life's lessons to follow the example of Jesus Christ and build a family of my own.

Why I am a Mormon

Thanks to my faithful parents, I was blessed to grow up in a home permeating with the principles taught by Jesus Christ. My parents found a healthy balance between thoughtful instruction and giving me the space I needed to make decisions on my own. As time went on, my personal conviction to follow Jesus Christ continued to grow. Eventually I discovered the importance of asking God, in prayer, for answers to important questions. Through a long process of faith, prayer and scripture study I continue to receive answers from God. I must admit that these answers from God are no heavenly declarations shouted to me through the clouds. Rather, they come as small yet profound confirmations in my heart, or as noticeable long term trends that I recognize in my life as blessings from God. Through this I know, with surety, that God and His Son Jesus Christ live. And that they have established this church as their very own. In other words, because of answers to my prayers I have decided to be an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

On Sundays I go to church and learn how I can follow the example set by Jesus Christ. For me, Christ-like service is epitomized by simple acts of kindness sprinkled all over our daily routine. As a teenager I was asked to be a special friend to a boy in a wheelchair, as part of a community special needs program. That experience taught me more about the necessity of friendship and that love can overcome any trial. Every day comes pre-packaged with opportunites to help a person in need. I feel that a consistent effort to follow in Christ's footsteps of selfless service can and will solve every struggle that plagues our world today.

What is being a Mormon like?

Tony
Life as a Mormon gives you an immense sense of joy and freedom. I believe that God gave us life so that we can learn what true joy and happiness feel like. Being a Mormon is centered on following the guidelines that God has given us, specifically, the guidelines set forth by Jesus Christ. Following those guidelines (like the 10 commandments) is what brings us joy. Although it is easy to assume that these God-given guidelines restrict our freedom, I know from personal experience that these guidelines only increase our freedom. If you don't believe me, try it out! Sometimes people question me about why Im a Mormon. They might ask why I have chosen to not drink alcohol or use illegal drugs. Answering these questions has become a defining aspect of me being a Mormon. I am always happy to answer those questions. All aspects of "being a Mormon" can be boiled down to one simple conclusion: It gives true and lasting happiness. Show more Show less