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Hi I'm Tony

I grew up in Idaho, married the love of my life. My joy are our kids & grandkids. I'm a small business owner & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho. Speak Italian after serving in Italy for two years. Married the love of my life, my friend, my companion and we were blessed with 7 wonderful kids - two in college, one in Bulgaria, one still in High School and three married unbelievable companions. We have 4 grandkids with 2 on the way. I have worked with kids throughout my whole life - Boy Scouts, coaching - soccer, baseball, and basketball, and even my work. I'm a small business owner and employ over 70 High School Kids. I love sports as a fan and as a participant. I enjoy watching my kids raise their kids and I love playing with the grandkids. The kids love to get together and create memories especially when riding the waverunner. Our favorite thing to do as a family is simply be together whenever we can since the married couples live throughout the United States.

Why I am a Mormon

Those that know me know that I am a family man. My family is my joy and raising a family during this day and age is not an easy thing do. My wife and I have had to work at it each day. The teachings of the church have helped us and our kids to keep things in perspective - what matters most. Here are two quotes from our church leaders concerning families that put things in perspective. They are as follows: “No other success can compensate for failure in the home” and “There is nothing more important than that what you do in the walls of your own home.” The teachings of Jesus Christ and the counsel which we receive from living prophets have helped my wife and I to teach these principles to our children. These principles have been anchors for our children in helping them to navigate the difficult teenage years where they are trying to find happiness. The world, our society, friends, and others get confused in seeking happiness. Pleasure is not happiness, what feels good and what's in it for me now will not bring true joy and happiness. Now after 29 years and watching our kids raise their kids, I know this principle to be true "There is nothing more important than that what you do in the walls of your own home". The Church of Jesus Christ helps parents, grandparents, individuals to find true happiness. If someone is trying to find true happiness, then I would invite them to find out for themselves why members of the church - "Mormons" as the world calls us, are so happy and they too will discover the source of this happiness.

How I live my faith

As I stated above in Why am I a Mormon, the family means everything to me. Once true happiness is found, one wants to share it with others. I try to help others find this same happiness. I work with the youth in our church. We talk about happiness, what is real joy, what matters most. What they think matters most during this time of their life may not be what really matters most say ten years from now. I love to watch and work with the youth in helping them to discover what matters most. Once a month we have an organized activity where teenagers come from surrounding cities Logan, Shenandoah, Plattsmouth, Atlantic, Council Bluffs, etc. and we do worthwhile things such as serving others in the community, or having a dance, or having an activity that helps to teach such concepts as self worth, being a better son, daughter, brother or sister, life is about helping others rather than a me centered world. One of the benefits of working with teenagers is watching this transformation of their prospective from a me world to caring about others around them - family, friends, neighbors, and their community.