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Hi I'm Anthony

I am a project manager. I am a former concert security officer, body guard, and bouncer. I am a father and husband. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an information technology professional; project manager and network engineer. I am married and have 4 children ranging in age from 7 to 17. I am a proud Texan. My hobbies including reading, playing MMORPGs such as Star Wars: The Old Republic, Rift, and Star Trek Online; playing on the Xbox 360 with my wife and kids, community service. Even though I try to keep my life pretty simple these days, thanks to being a parent, I used to have a wilder more adventurous side. I was formerly a concert security officer/bouncer/body guard. In the late 90's and early 2000 I could be found, on any given night at a club checking ID's at the door or tossing someone out. Or, at a concert standing outside a dressing room door, escorting a performer, or manning the barricade. Or, dressed in plain clothes, trying to be discreet while escorting a performer in public. And, yes, I was armed.

Why I am a Mormon

Up until my junior high school year I was actually considering becoming a Catholic Priest. However, as a teenager I began to question my faith and religion. I started searching for truth in my faith. While searching I came to a realization; the purpose of all churches that I visited and all the clergy I spoke with was to save the individual soul. This didn't seem right to me. It seemed very selfish. I then also realized that none of them said anything about families in Heaven. I am Mormon because I now know that there is a plan for families being together forever. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church that I found that is all about saving the Family. Prior to becoming a member I read the Book of Mormon and I prayed. I prayed for the guidance of our Heavenly Father. I know the scriptures to be true. Having met President Gordon B Hinkley confirmed this. Within a few months of meeting him I was baptized.

How I live my faith

Being Mormon is not just a matter of Faith, it is a life style. I participate in community service with my Ward. I have helped organize a Community Emergency Response Team for my area with their help. Each of my children is active in youth activities which my wife and I support whole-heartedly.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Anthony
The vast majority of us have some sort of life event where we require some sort of help from other. In short the Church welfare system is about members helping members to support the family in a time of need. The support that we provide goes beyond financial. The system includes food, counseling, job training, and even assistance starting your own business. Most importantly, the system is about becoming self reliant. My family has needed assistance before. When I have been unemployed I have gone to the Bishop to discuss my situation. He had given us a food order from the Bishop Storehouse. They have all the food and household goods that you could possibly need. Even though I was receiving unemployment benefits, an order from the storehouse allowed us to save the money that was being received; considering it was less than half of my salary. You are expected to pay it forward though. So while my wife pulled our order I was helping others pull their orders. I have helped others with rides to the storehouse and have volunteered. By paying it forward my family has received many blessings. The job that I found with the help of the Employment Resource Services has been my favorite employer. I recently watched a program on BYU TV that explains it all: http://byutv.org/watch/f25c3fdf-890d-4c61-9fdf-cafa68699b33 Show more Show less