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Hi I'm Toni

I am a mother of two boys and raised them as a single mother. I love community service and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I went to college to be a math teacher and got my Bachelors Degree in Math Education. I taught both junior high and high school for a short period of time and then found it wasn't a good fit for me. I then started a career in vendor management. I was very good at what I did and passionate. After a couple of years, the company closed. At about that same time, I became guardian of my two nephews who were 10 and 11. Being single and raising a family has been extremely challenging and rewarding. I put off my career for a time so I could focus on the emotional needs of my boys, although I still had to work. I took a job that allowed me to go in early in the morning and then be home before school got out. It was also the type of job that was not demanding emotionally so I was available to my boys. When my boys were older I went back to a career in vendor management. As I was raising my two boys I got help from a community organization. I am now working for that organization helping other families. When I am not working, I like to spend time with my boys talking and laughing. I like going to movies or just visiting with friends. I love a good gospel conversation.

Why I am a Mormon

I started attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was about 12 years old. My Mom was a member of the church but did not attend and my Father was not a member. I didn't know much about the teachings at first, I just knew that I felt good. One of the first things that really made sense to me though is that God had to restore His church to the earth again. When Christ, the Son of God and Savior, was on the earth he established His church and called leaders, but the non believers killed Christ and eventually his leaders too. The church as Christ established did not continue. God had to call a prophet to re-establish His church just like he did in the Old Testament when the prophets were killed or when the people fell away from what the prophets taught. The period of time between when Christ's apostle were killed and when a new prophet was called is what we know as the Great Apostasy. In history it is known as the dark ages. In preparation for the new prophet God started to enlighten people. This movement in history is call the renaissance era, which ironically means re-birth. Then in 1820 a young man named Joseph Smith when he was 14 years old, went into a grove of trees seeking guidance in prayer and, like Moses, was able to see God face-to-face. He was also able to see Jesus Christ. God and Jesus spoke to Joseph in that grove of trees and once again a prophet was on the earth and Christ's was able to re-establish His church. Not only did this make sense to me, God confirmed the truth of it in my heart with a feeling of peace and comfort through the Holy Spirit as promised in the New Testament. I then knew in my heart and mind that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true church to help prepare a people for Christ return. I was baptised just before my 14th birthday.

How I live my faith

I love to talk with people about Jesus and His teachings. I love the feelings of the Holy Spirit. I have served in a variety of ways in my local congregation, called a ward, but my favorite thing to do is to teach. I especially liked teaching the adult Sunday School class when we were studying the New Testament.