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Hi I'm Toni

I am a painter, a Filipino Spanish speaker, a peanut butter lover, a chess and ping pong player, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 22. I have been a member in the church for 4 years. After I was baptized I ended up serving an LDS mission and was called to serve in Guatemala. Though I am the only member in my family we are very close. I have two sisters. My mom grew up in the Philippines. Tagalog is her first language and she has done a wonderful job teaching us and trying to adapt to the US speaking English as her second language. My dad raced cars and was a mechanic. He passed away shortly after I was baptized to lung and liver cancer, but he has been a great influence on my life. I really love softball. My favorite TV show is the Amazing Race. I love doing art, practicing the piano and guitar, being outdoors, playing chess and doing puzzles.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion came through many wonderful examples of heroes in my life. I used to be atheist when I was in 7th grade. I felt like my life was so hard and that God never answered my prayers so he must not exist. When I started going to youth group at my Catholic church, my youth leaders were such amazing examples of Christ like behavior, I began to change some bad habits in my life. They also took us to youth conferences that really changed me. There were powerful speakers there, and many of us youth coming together as a group to learn about God. This wasn't something we learned in schools. I felt a spirit there that was so joyful and so heartwarming, I thought, there's no way there can't be a God. I became Mormon because I began to wonder why there were so many religions in the world. I had this LDS friend, and saw that though she worshiped completely differently than me, we were worshiping the same God. I thought how could this be? I wanted to know why it had to be this way. She would do things like not watch R-rated movies, read from a book called the Book of Mormon, and attend LDS temples. I asked her so many questions about her faith. Because of all my questions, she invited me to see missionaries at her house. There they invited me to read the Book of Mormon for myself and to ask God myself to know if it was true. It sounded easy enough so I did it. It wasn't easy getting an answer because I didn't want to accept that the church was true, but as I read the Book of Mormon, I began to feel the spirit of God. I got on my knees and I asked God if it was true. I felt such an immense joy and such wonderful feelings that I thought how could this not be true? It was a struggle to accept it, because I was in love with where I came from, which was being Catholic, but I knew that God wouldn't have given me an answer, if there wasn't a reason for it. I am Mormon, because I know that the church is true!

How I live my faith

I read the scriptures every day. I love finding out new things and answers to my prayers through reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and church magazines. I am a ward missionary and mission prep teacher at a branch of young single adults. Sometimes I help the missionaries when they teach others the gospel. I also love browsing through the church websites.