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Hi I'm Anthony

I am a musician. I'm a son. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southwestern Virginia in a family that shared the values of the Church. My dad joined shortly after I was born and I was raised with the Christian values of the church and I learned to love music and to love learning about the world around me. At age 11, I picked up a pair of drumsticks and following in my dad's footsteps began to learn about music. As I grew older I was a part of several musical groups and eventually went on to obtain a degree in Music Business and Professional Communication. When not serenading my peers and working with other musicians, I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf. I also enjoy cooking, hiking, social networking, and video games.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the Mormon faith. When I was a teenager, I was told that they could not tell me what to believe but that it was given to every man and woman to discover for themselves where truth resides. I chose to follow a different path but soon learned that the life I was living was fraught with unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and hardship. After a particularly trying experience, where I questioned the value of my existence, I asked Heavenly Father if he was in fact there and if he knew who I was and loved me. I received the answer as I was enveloped in the warm embrace of God. The Lord sent the message to my heart that he was there, knew me by name, understood my trials, and loved me unconditionally. Afterwards, missionaries from our local branch taught me about the things I should be doing. Through the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with the help of the Book of Mormon, I changed my life and who I was and developed a personal relationship with my Savior I feel I could not have found otherwise. To this day the knowledge that comes from the restored gospel of Jesus Christ helps to shape me into the loving Christlike person I believe the Lord wants me to be, even though I frequently fall short of the bar he has set. I know that through repentance the Atonement of Christ, that eventually I can enter into his rest and hear, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

How I live my faith

One of the things I love most about the church are the Home and Visiting Teaching programs. Through these programs all of the members of the church are cared for. Basically, two members are assigned as companions and are given several families that they are responsible for. They are charged with visiting each family once per month and to impart a short spiritual thought and to offer their services for whatever those families might need. When my family or myself have ever needed anything, we always call our home teachers. If they can't help then they can get the ball rolling on finding more help through the Elder's Quorum, Relief Society, or Bishop. I have loved my calling as a home teacher throughout my life. It has given me the opportunity to form strong friendships with my 'Church family' and allowed me to learn firsthand how the Savior would have us "Love our Neighbor." In my day to day life, I try to follow the teachings of the Church and the Savior. When I have work I work hard and strive to be honest in my dealings with my fellow men. I keep my promises and commitments. When possible I provide service to members in need but also to my friends and family who are not members of the church. I strive to treat others with the love an tolerance that I believe the Savior would treat them, for we are taught God is no respecter of persons and that we are all equals in His eyes, regardless of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. I do the best I can to live my life as the Savior lived His, with love as my guiding principle.