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Hi I'm Toni

Years ago I was a Catholic nun. Now I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hello, I'm Toni. I am 74 years old, and retired from a profession, but not from life. I grew up Catholic and in my 20's was a Sister of St. Benedict for eight years. Thirty-four years ago I became a Mormon, and I just love this Church so much. My childhood in an abusive family was so unhappy that I ran away to the convent to try to find happiness. I didn't find it there. I realized that I had to develop my own self-worth, then I could find happiness. I left the convent and the Catholic church and commenced looked for happiness in all the wrong places. I became quite a sinner. When I was introduced to the Mormon faith at the age of 36, I was skeptical - I thought it was just another Christian religion. My first impression, however, was that all the members semed so happy, and that really drew me to investigate further. So I studied, and fasted, and prayed, and I received a testimony of the truthfulness of this Church. That has never changed. As a member of the Church, I feel an abiding joy in knowing where I came from, what my pupose is on this earth, and where I am going after this earth life. I love the fact that Mormons believe salvation is offered to every single person who ever lived on the earth, not just a chosen few who happen to be "born at the right time in the right place". I love God with all my heart, and love being of service to others.

Why I am a Mormon

The most important concept I learned was that God is a Glorified Personage, the literal Father of my spirit, who knows and loves me personally and is deeply concerned about my welfare and salvation. He has the attributes of the “perfect father”: unconditional love, infinite patience and forgiveness, teacher and exemplar, protector, and disciplinarian. God our Father revealed His plan of salvation to us, to include the Atonement by His Son Jesus Christ, forgiveness of sins, and reconciliation through the process of repentance. His mercy is infinite. God our Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to be an example for how we should live our lives while we are here on earth. Jesus is my Savior, my brother, my friend, my example, my teacher. God our Father gave us His word through the scriptures (Bible and Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price). He also gave us prophets in these latter days to guide us and protect us. God our Father gave us the Priesthood at this time, to act in His name in performing saving ordinances, blessing lives, and teaching the Gospel. God our Father gave us the Holy Ghost to be our inspiration in choosing right and doing good. God our Father gave us Ordinances and commandments, enabling us to have eternal families and to be safe from the wickedness of the world and become worthy to live with Him forever in perfect happiness. Even though I have trials and afflictions, I count them as nothing compared to the glory I shall receive in heaven if I remain faithful, and loving, and true to myself and others. I enjoy my life as never before, possessing this abiding joy that permeates my whole being. I look forward to being with my family and to the husband and family I can have at last in the Celestial Kingdom.

How I live my faith

I am a Service Missionary and volunteer three days/week at a local Family History Center. There, I help patrons do their genealogy and search for their ancestors. I also work on my own family history, and perform other duties that help the Center function efficiently. On Sundays, I get to play the organ and piano at church services, and I enjoy that very much. I (with a partner) visit several of my church sisters in their homes at least once/month to give them a spiritual message and check on their wellbeing and see if they have any needs. I love to crochet, so I make a baby afghan for every new baby who is born in my church family. This "keeps me hopping" as there is an average of 16 babies born every year!