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Hi I'm Tony

I grew up in Idaho. I teach writing full-time at the college level. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a man in my 30's. My wife and I have been married for over 10 years. We have a son and four daughters. We feel blessed to have each one of them in our family. Together, we enjoy family activities and playing games. For example, I enjoy playing football and soccer in the backyard with my children. We also enjoy going to the beach and spending time in the outdoors. I served a mission in South America for two years after high school. I met many wonderful people there, and was shown great hospitality and love during those two years. After my mission, I was able to visit the beautiful statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro with my father, my mother, and my mother's parents. We all enjoyed this experience and admired the great work that was required to build the statue. Growing up, I enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping, and many snow activities. I also worked in the construction field with my father during high school and college. A few years after my two-year mission, I decided to pursue an education with the goal of teaching writing at the college level. I chose this field, in part, to have more opportunities to practice writing myself; I would like to publish my own work someday. I have written a dissertation. Today, I work full-time at the college level in a position that allows me to focus on teaching writing and communication skills to college students.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life. Still, I only gained a witness of its truthfulness over time. In the New Testament, we learn of the five wise virgins who had oil in their lamps when the bridegroom came for the wedding. When I was young, I learned the gospel from parents and teachers who had filled their lamps with oil through righteous living. As a teenager, I sought to better understand the gospel for myself. I believed in it, but living it was not always easy. Over the course of my life, however, I have relied on daily prayer, scripture study, and church attendance to receive the strength to do better and to keep the commandments of God. I have come to know for myself that Jesus is the Christ, that he lives, and that the Book of Mormon is another witness to his divinity and his role in our lives. How do I know? By the power of the Holy Ghost, which I feel as I read the words in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and from prophets today. I feel that I am learning how to better fill my lamp with oil to follow the Lord. I continue to follow the gospel of Christ because I know it is right. As a father, I take great comfort in the knowledge that I can tell my children how lead happy and productive lives. The answers are in the scriptures and the words of the prophets, and are tested by time and the experiences of the faithful. Being a Mormon blesses my marriage, my children, and my relationships with others.

How I live my faith

I currently focus on local missionary efforts in my area. I enjoy having visitors, investigators, and new members in the church. We have been blessed to have several new converts in my local area in the last few years. I have also taught classes in the church. I have taught children, youth, and adult classes. My wife and I enjoyed teaching a class of 8-9 year old children for about a year. One of my favorite church callings was teaching from a book called "Teachings of the Presidents of the Church." Since Joseph Smith, the church has had 16 presidents. Each year, the church issues a different manual that contains writings, talks, and teachings from one of these presidents. I have taught from the teachings of Joseph Smith and Spencer W. Kimball, and these lessons probably edified me more than anyone I taught. I have worked with the youth organizations in the church as well, which has been enjoyable and rewarding. In most local church units I have attended, I have played the piano in some capacity. I love to play the piano, and playing the beautiful church hymns is a wonderful way to use this talent and keep it fresh.