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Hi I'm Tonya

I am a wife, a mother, and a pharmacist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I am a wife and a Mother. I have a husband who loves me and is constantly trying to better himself and do things for our family. I have four wonderful kids who are the greatest blessings in my life. Our road for the past 19 years has not always been easy, but it has been worth the work and effort. I work full-time as a pharmacist and I have since I graduated from college. I like working, although it is sometimes a challenge to balance work and home life. It is easier now than it ever has been, because I am blessed to work from home and I have a great stay-at-home husband. I am always busy and always have too much to do. My favorite past-time is reading, and I do make time for my personal reading, but don't have a lot of hobbies beyond that. I have developed a "like" for cooking and menu planning, which is good, since it is a necessary part of my life. I like to go out with my husband on the weekend -- we are pretty boring with our standard dinner and a movie. My favorite way to spend time with my kids is reading with them and working together, but we do some other fun things together too. School was always important to me, and I still like learning, especially about different cultures and history. We don't live close to our extended family, so we always look forward to having visitors and to our trips home. I have struggles and stresses in my life, but overall I feel like I couldn't be more blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in an LDS family, in a predominantly LDS community. However, like everyone else, the time eventually came for me to recognize my own testimony. This happened for me in college. Meeting new and different people and being exposed to different ideas gave me the opportunity to analyze my beliefs and feelings. Living away from home and being responsible to myself (not my parents) to get to church each week and for how I lived was also a test. I had questions and things I could not explain. However, the base of my testimony was too strong to reject based on the doubts I had, and so I moved forward in the Gospel. Throughout my life, I have had the chance to live and test Gospel principles, thus increasing my testimony of each principle. The first that come to mind are tithing, attending church every week, and visiting teaching. Significant family trials brought me closer to God than I ever would have been without them. Continued gospel learning and scripture study also strengthen my testimony. I still sometimes have things I can't totally explain or understand, but I know the Book of Mormon is true and good. It has helped me find answers to questions and peace when I needed it most. It is filled with guidance for how to live. I know President Monson is a prophet. The 12 apostles are also prophets, seers and revelators. I am so grateful for their goodness, strength, and guidance. I am also grateful for the chance to go to church and be uplifted every week. I am grateful to be a woman in the LDS church. Some of my earlier questions were in regard to the roles of women in the church. Now that I am a Mother, and have a little more life experience, I have nothing but respect and gratitude for how women are regarded in the church. We receive so much encouragement from our leaders, are blessed to have the support and friendship of other women in Relief Society (our women's organization), and know the value of what we do every day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good Mom. I love my husband and kids. I try to teach my kids about the Gospel, as well as life in general. I try to let them make their own decisions and gain confidence in themselves. We try to have regular family home evening and prayer (not always successful) and have a goal to read scriptures together. I work hard in my job and as a wife and Mother. I go to meetings on Sunday - all 3 hours. I know I need this every week and get such strength from it, even when my assignment was taking care of the nursery age kids while their parents go to or teach classes. I go visiting teaching - I am assigned a partner and a few women to visit every month. I used to question the value of this "assigned" visiting, but no more. I have made significant friends through visiting teaching, been helped by my visiting teachers, and have had the chance to truly help others. I stopped to wonder the other day just what would be lacking if I didn't participate in visiting teaching - a whole lot! I listen to general conference (twice a year conference where our leaders give us counsel) talks fairly often to strengthen myself and to fight discouragement. They are amazing. I am grateful for the technology that allows me to have them at my fingertips. I try to help others and try to be an example of my beliefs when I am at work or with friends. I am trying to attend the temple more regularly to be blessed, and to increase my testimony of going to the temple. I try to pray morning and night and I read for a few minutes in my scriptures on most days. I try to rely on faith and guidance from God in making decisions for myself and my family. I am grateful to know the purpose of life. I am grateful for Jesus Christ and His atonement that allows me to repent when I screw up, and to have purpose in trying to do better.