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Hi I'm Tonya

I'm the mother of five boys. Life is busy but life is great. I love my family and I love the gospel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full-time mom to five boys (or as my husband likes to say, two boys and three tries at a girl). I always wanted to have a lot of kids, but I never would have guessed I would have only boys! Even though I really hoped to have a girl somewhere in the mix, I love my boys and have enjoyed them so much. Three of them are teenagers right now, which keeps life fun and interesting. All of my boys have been very involved in soccer, which suites me fine because I used to play when I was younger and loved it. I now get to enjoy watching them play soccer and participate in all kinds of other activities. Yes, scouting is one of those activities and is huge for us. We are counting down the number of pinewood derby cars we yet have left to build - 9 done, 6 more to go. I hope we can hang in there! Right now I am actually a cub den leader for a Webelos group and love working with those boys too. I am also a piano player and am thrilled to share my love of music with my kids as they learn to play instruments and enjoy good music. Right now there's not much time for it, but I hope to write and publish songs someday. I do like to read whenever I can and I try to stay tuned in to what's going on in the world. I like to read the news and keep up with politics. Who knows...maybe I'll even run for office someday!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and was taught the gospel early on. I always knew my parents had a testimony and because of their diligence in rearing me in the gospel, I feel like I've always had a testimony. I had experiences at an early age that convinced me that God heard my prayers and would answer them. Whenever I would read the scriptures or learn things at church I could just feel that they were true. As I've grown older I've only become more convinced and feel ever more deeply of the truthfulness of the gospel and the reality of the Savior and of Heavenly Father. I continue to see and feel His hand in my life all the time. As I learn and understand more and more, little by little, I feel closer to my Savior and feel a growing love for Him and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. That love and gratitude motivates me to do all I can to be more like Him and to do what He would have me do as a member of His church and as a daughter of our Heavenly Father. I love that because of the restored gospel and priesthood and temples I was able to be sealed to my husband and my children to have the chance to be an eternal family. I know that in the church is found the truth and the fullness of the gospel which teaches us the path that will lead us back to Heavenly Father. And I also know that the church is lead by living prophets who guide us and to whom the Lord reveals His will. I know that if I follow them that I will be happier. I am always happier when I live the gospel and keep the commandments more fully. I'm a Mormon because I believe with all my heart, and because I am understanding more and more all the time, that Jesus Christ truly is "THE way, THE truth, and the life." He is the ONLY way, and because I believe this I desire with all my heart to follow Him as best I can.

How I live my faith

Part of being a Mormon is participating in the ward and having a calling - a job or a responsibility that helps the church function and helps the members serve and build relationships with one another. Having a calling can be challenging but is also great because it usually stretches you to become more than you were before. As I mentioned above, my current calling is Webelos den leader for my ward. Another part of being a Mormon involves attending church meetings and fun social functions and participating in service. I gain a lot by being active in all these things - it strengthens my testimony and is a chance for me to learn and to feel the spirit. Being a Mormon also involves growing spiritually as a child of God. It means striving to repent, change, live righteously, and follow in the footsteps of the Savior. It means standing as a witness of Him at all times and in all places. The things we have been taught to do I try to do in my life, such as study the scriptures, pray and go to the temple. I try to keep the Sabbath day holy and keep the other commandments. I am not always great at it, but I am trying to improve. I am also trying to teach my kids to live righteously. We like to have a family together time on Mondays to study the gospel and have some fun. We all go to church together and have daily family prayer and try to find time to read the scriptures together. Life is not perfect and we have our ups and downs, but there is joy that comes from trying to do what is right. I love being a member of the church and feel that it blesses my life and that of my family tremendously.