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Hi I'm Tony

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah, California, Wyoming and Melbourne, Australia. I served a mission in Colombia, South America.

About Me

My wife and I are parents of six children ranging from the teens to the twenties in age. We are also blessed with a daughter-in-law and a grand-daughter. Our family is at the center of our life. Some things we enjoy doing as a family are camping, playing board games and watching movies. I have been a junior high school teacher for over 20 years now. I teach Spanish and math. I enjoy photography and the out-of-doors. I have been a scout leader for many years. I enjoy pedaling to work and back through almost any weather. We have a large garden and love the fresh vegetables we harvest from it.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Latter-Day-Saints (LDS or "Mormons"). Some of my ancestors were converted to the church in Sweden and England in the 1800s. They sailed to America and joined the main body of the church in Ohio and Illinois. They then crossed the plains to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Many of my ancestors served missions, some of them leaving behind a wife and children. My father served a mission in Colorado as a young man. Nowadays young men and senior couples in the church are encouraged to serve missions. As a young man I was encouraged by my family and my bishop to prepare myself to serve. I believed my parents and felt that the church was true, but wasn't about to go out and preach that it was true until I had a firm testimony of it. I knew that if the Book of Mormon was true, then Joseph Smith was a true prophet and the church had to be true, so I decided to put the Book of Mormon to the test. I already believed it was true and knew it contained true principals, but I wanted more. I read and studied it and prayed fervently to know of its truthfulness. After a few weeks of humbling myself and seeking confirmation from God, I received my answer. I had a firm testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and of the church. I started working with my bishop to prepare myself to become a missionary and submitted my mission papers at age 20. I served a two year mission in Colombia and was able to share the gospel with many people there. Some were receptive to the message and are faithful members to this day. I am a better person now than I would be because of my faith in Jesus Christ and my efforts to follow his teachings. I have a testimony that President Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on the earth today, just like Moses and Abraham and others were prophets anciently. God hasn't left us without the guidance of prophets. Many claim that God just doesn't talk to man anymore. I believe he does.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by accepting others and not judging them to be inferior because they are different than I am. I try to live the way Christ would have me live. I share produce from my garden with my neighbors and help them with projects such as re-roofing their homes, cleaning up yards and pruning trees. I visit the homes of several families on a regular basis sharing spiritual messages and offering to help with any needs. I pay tithing. I donate money to help feed and clothe the poor (we call this "fast offerings", since we fast one Sunday each month and donate the value of the food we would have eaten to those less fortunate). The church sponsors the Boy Scouts of America here in our area. I have been a scout leader for many years and have spent many a night out in the wilderness with the youth. Our church is organized into wards. We have no paid clergy, so we all get to have "callings" to help in one way or another. Some teach Sunday School, some help organize weekday activities for the youth. Others lead the music or play the organ, etc., etc. My current job is one of the more involved callings. I spend somewhere between 5 and 10 hours a week at it.