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Hi I'm Tony

I am a retired middle school teacher and coulselor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy a new hobbie of quilting now, but my hobbies in the past were much more physical like raquetball, tennis, golf, running and just being outdoors. I still enjoy the outdoors and golf. Since my retirement I have married and share golf and traveling with my husband. While I had a wonderful life and career before I got married I consider my marriage one of the most important things about my life now. I had had opportunties to marry before but had never felt it was right at the time. I became reaquainted with the man who became my husband after having known him for almost 30 years. We had never spoken sociially and had not even seen each other for at least 15 years. But when he was widowed and interested in marrying again mutual friends brought us together because of golf. It was not love at first sight but somehow we both felt the will of the Lord and just knew in our hearts it was the right thing for us to be together. That spiritual guidance was not a voice or any sort of visible or audible sign but it was a most calm and natural feeling that it was right. I was not at all unhappy as a single person but I am happy in a different way now and still live with the assurance that I was guided in my decision. We have been individually and jointly blessed beyond what we could have guessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess I would have to say I am a Mormon first because my parents were. But I think I would also have to say I am STILL a Mormon because I have spent most of my adult life studying the gospel, reading the scriptures including the Book of Mormon, and really doing all I can do to live what I have learned to be true from these endevors and what brings me happiness. I have had many experiences which have confirmed to me that The Book of Mormon is truly the word of God translated by a Prophet of God by the power given to him by God Himself. I don't have any illusions that Joseph Smith or any of God's prophets are or were perfect men because I know Jesus Christ was the only perfect person to have ever lived on the earth. But I am gratified that Our Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ would use ordinary men with many of the same weaknesses I live with to be their mouthpiece on the earth--to be their spokesman to say what they would say and teach what they would teach if they were on the earth at this time. If they can use ordinary men to be prophets and teach and train them to lead as they would, then they can use me to help do their work here on earth and to serve others of Heavenly Father's children.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday in all that I do and say. I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ in my dealings with others. It is not easy but it is my goal. Being active in Church helps because anytime we can serve other people we tend to be on our good behavior. And being around others who are also trying to be their best helps too. We get many different opportunities to serve in our church whether it's teaching children or teens or adults, or helping someone pack up to move, or going into the home of another woman to visit and share an inspirational message, or playing the piano in the women's meeting, all are opportunities to do something that will help someone else in some way. A lot of the times we get to do things that are new to us and so while we are serving others we are developing new skills or talents, like giving gospel or scripture based talks in our worship services or teaching someone else how to do family history research on the internet. Everything we do is voluntary and somehow to voluntarily choose to serve someone else or do something for another person or group of people without a thought of reward (except for blessings from our Heavenly Father) is a really wonderful thing. I love this part of the Mormon Church almost as much as I love the Gospel of Christ taught in this Church. I have done all the things I mentioned but now I have been asked to be the email corrispondent for our women's group. Which means I have to be on my toes so everyone knows what is happening. It is fun to be a tiny part of the machine that contributes to the comfort, enjoyment and growth of the whole group. Our whole purpose is to work together so that we can all individually and collectively learn to live more Christ-like lives.