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Hi I'm Toni

I'm a Mormon. Have been a Mormon since I was 21. I am a wife to my best friend and a mom to three beautiful kids. Loving life!

About Me

I have been married to my best friend for almost 19 years. After years of an infertility struggle, we were blessed with twin boys, who were born too early. They died shortly after they were born. Less than a year later, we were blessed a second time with another set of twins, a son and a daughter. And just a year and a half later, another beautiful daughter was born. Our infertility struggle and death of our twins was the single greatest growing experience in my life. I learned about patience and the need to have faith in Heavenly Father's timing. Not an easy thing to learn, and not a fun way to learn it. But I wouldn't change my experience. It shaped me as a woman, wife, and mother. And now that I'm on the "other side", I can be there for other women who may be experiencing similar circumstances. I am a convert. I joined the church when I was 21. Coming up on 20 years! I love to plan and throw parties! I love NYC and have a thing for Andre Agassi. I work from home, and love every second of it. I love to hang with my girlfriends and laugh until I can't breath. I'm a sucker for a chick flick. But love to watch grown men beat each other up in the UFC. A pedicure every couple of weeks is a must. I watch way too much tv. I cry at commercials. I love my husband and children with every ounce of my being. I hate to cook, but love to bake. Zumba is my new favorite work out. My favorite quote is "You can do hard things" and I believe that, because I've done it.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't grow up very religious. I was Catholic, but not a church going Catholic. I met my husband when we were 14 years old...freshman in high school. He was a good Mormon boy. We ended up becoming the best of friends. But I was secretly in LOVE with him. He left on his mission a year after high school, and I was devastated. What would I do without my best friend?? I wrote him EVERY DAY while he was serving his mission...and that is NOT an exaggeration. I took the missionary discussions twice while he was gone...for him, to make him happy. But I decided it wasn't for me. He finally came home, and I left for college a week later. During my first week of college, I met a girl who had just been baptized the month before. I can't explain the feelings that passed through me during our very first conversation. I can't even tell you what was said. But I can tell you how I felt. I felt good. Peaceful. I felt right. And I knew..at that moment...that I wanted to be baptized. And a heartfelt prayer confirmed it. I then called the sister missionaries and told them I wanted to be baptized, so I needed to take the discussions. I was baptized one month later. Baptized by my best friend. Three weeks later, he came to his senses and finally figured out that he was in love with me too. Three weeks after that we were engaged. 11 months after that, we were married. We will celebrate 19 years of wedded bliss this year. I am a Mormon because I know the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. It is through this gospel that I was able to endure my infertility struggle and loss of my twins. I couldn't have done it without knowing that I would see my twins again someday. I am a Mormon because I want to be with my family forever.

How I live my faith

I love my ward. The people in my ward are my "family". I have served both young and old and have been served by young and old. It is a comfort to know that I have a long list of people to call if I ever need something...a meal, a ride because my car broke down, a blessing or a prayer, or just a friend to talk to. I look forward to church each Sunday...yes, all three hours. It is a joy to watch my kids at church..interacting with the other kids, and with the grown ups. They feel like they are part of this big family, as well. Even though I am the only member of the Mormon church in my family, I have never felt out of place with them. They are very supportive of me and my family and the life that we have chosen to live. And I love being a part of the GIANT Mormon family that my husband grew up in. Over 130 people at our Christmas gathering. What an awesome experience to look around and see FAMILY every where. I enjoy all of the "churchy" activities. Weekly activities for the kids. Boy Scouts. Weekly lessons with the women. Lunch out with the ladies from church. Girls' Camp with the Young Women. The annual Trunk or Treat Halloween party. Love it all. Living my faith isn't always easy, but it is so worth it. And knowing that my family can be together forever is a blessing beyond comprehension. Family is what it is all about.