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Hi I'm Tony Bodell

I'm a Mormon. I was raised in the Church. My wife and I have recently been called to serve a mission.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 43 years. We have five children. all of whom are married. We have 19 grandchildren. I retired from teaching school after 30 years. I've taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, as well as 7th grade computer keyboarding. I love the arts. I taught music and art while teaching elementary school. I organized and directed several elementary school choruses. I have directed our local congregation's choir and also the music in our worship service. I am presently a teacher in our adult Sunday School class. I enjoy photography. I like to take pictures of my grandchildren and scenic shots when we travel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in the Mormon faith. Both my parents were members. I have always had a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have had experiences throughout my life where I have felt the Spirit testify to me personally that this is the Church of Jesus Christ. I have had the opportunity to visit many of the Church's historical sites, including the Sacred Grove. The Spirit that I felt there was overwhelming. I know that our Father in heaven and HIs Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith in the grove of trees. The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings peace to me in this troubled world. I love that feeling of peace. I know there is a divine plan for all of us.

How I live my faith

Opportunities to serve are given to all members of the Church. I have had the opportunity to serve in every organization of the church. I have taught the young men in the youth organization of the Church. I have taught younger children in the Primary organization for children. I have taught adult classes in the Priesthood organization and in Sunday School. I have recently been released as our ward choir director and Sacrament meeting music director. I now serve as our ward Sunday School president and teach our adult Sunday School class. I enjoy going to the welfare farm to thin peaches and apricots. I like to go to our local church cannery to process the fruit when it's ripe. This past month I had the opportunity to help clean our church building as it was our ward's turn to do that. There is a great feeling of satisfaction to be or service to others. I have had the opportunity to help organize parties and other events for our church. One of the special events that I was responsible for was helping the youth produce a presentation showcasing their talents in honor of the Prophet Joseph Smith's birthday. My wife and I have recently been called to serve a mission. We will be serving in Kuching Malaysia in the Singapore mission as Church Education missionaries for 18 months. We enter the mission field January 19, 2015. We are excited to serve.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Tony Bodell
Mormon church services are somewhat different than other denominations. First, we have what we call a "Block" schedule where we have our worship service, called Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School, and other meetings. Visitors are allowed and encouraged to attend our church meetings. Sacrament meeting is our worship service. It is so named because the most important part of this meeting is for members of the church to partake of the Sacrament, to renew the covenants we made at our baptism, and to remember what Jesus Christ has done for us in his atoning sacrifice. Talks sermons are given by members of the congregation. They were asked previously to prepare their talks. This meeting is usually is about an hour and ten minutes long. Classes are held either before or after Sacrament meeting. There is a 45 minute block for Sunday School and 50 minute block for separate men's and women's classes for adults and young people. There is also a block of time also for the children ages three to eleven. Show more Show less