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Hi I'm Toni

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and married my high school sweetheart. We have 7 children and 15 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born by the Pacific Ocean and it's beaches are one of my favorite places to be. I love getting up early with the tide to walk the shore in search of sand dollars and other treasures. I met my sweetheart in highschool and we married shortly thereafter once he was finished with basic training. When my husband was in the Air Force we lived in various states, but I've alwasys considered the Pacific Northwest my home. It is here that we have raised our family. We are the parents of two boys and 5 girls, most of whom now have there own families. We have 15 beautiful grandchildren who I can't help but adore. As I visit with my grand babies, though the oldest is much taller than me, I delight in sharing with them my love for reading, sewing, music, baking and gardening. Having them sit close by while I read to them, or they read to me, is a special joy. We sing together, bake cookies together, and we tend the garden together. Well...I tend the garden, and they do their best to help while having fun playing in the dirt. I enjoy making machine embroidery quilts and have made many for family and friends, and also donated some for fundraising raffles and auctions. As my husband nears retirement, for the second time, we are enjoying the opportunity to travel more often. Of course, I always choose destinations with a nice beach...

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in my family we were taught to be honest and kind to our family members and others; however, as my mother and father had different religious backgrounds, formal religion was not discussed. As a teenager I began to seek for spirituality in my life. I attended various Christian denominations in the area but never felt fully satisfied with them. When my husband and I were dating we discussed the importance of a unified religion in the home. He had been baptised into the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints as a child, but had not attended past his late childhood years. Later while he, then my fiance, was at basic training I found a number in the phone book for the mormon church. I called for meeting time information and was visited by the missionaries soon after. A couple months later, after studying with the missionaries, I was baptised into the church. While I had been investigating the church at home, my fiance had a unique experience while at basic training that encouraged him to renew his attendance at church (I don't feel that it was by chance that one of the two latter-day saint chaplins in the United States Air Force at that time would be stationed at the same base as him.). I love having the gospel in my life. It has been the foundation of my marriage and, together, with my husband, we have raised our children by it's standards and precepts. I know the gospel taught in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I feel complete and happy as I continue to learn more of my Savior's eternal plan for me and my family.

How I live my faith

My faith encompases everything that I do. I always try to be honest and fair in my dealings with others and treat them as I would want to be treated. I believe that families are eternal and I work to strengthen my family by keeping in close contact with everyone and encouraging them in their good endeavors. I currently have the opportunity to teach a weekly Sunday School class for adults. As I study for my lessons I think I learn far more than my class does from me, but I enjoy discussing gospel topics with them and learning from their experiences. Music has been a way for me to express my love for and faith in my Savior. I love singing with my congregation's choir whenever possible.