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Hi I'm Tony Scoma

I'm a Mormon. I joined the Church when I was 18, served a mission, married a new member and we have raised 10 children.

About Me

I have lived about half my life. I have 5 sons and 5 daughters. I am married and live in a beautiful community and we all enjoy good health. 8 of my children are between the ages of 20-30 years old. Now we are enjoying the new grandchildren being born into our family. I don't feel like a grandfather. I like working out, enjoying the beach and outdoor activities. I love being around young people who have a zeal for life and are just starting out making big decisions about what they want to do with their lives, who do they want to marry and what kind of impact they want to have on the world around them. I believe that we decide on our happiness and joy. I know we attract wonderful things as we have the attitude of gratitude. Even as I have grown older, I still have a very positive and happy outlook on people and life and the joys therein. I have thought about what I want people to remember about me when many years from now I pass from this earth: He Made A Difference! What else is there by the relationships we have and the truth we adhere to. No one guarantees us a no hassle life - we have to go out and make it happen, but knowing Jesus Christ is our mediator makes it all possible and all worth while.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a predominantly Catholic area, I attended parochial school, did my first communion and attended church every Sunday as a kid. I enjoyed sports and school and girls. I attended several LDS Saturday night dances in the 1970s. When I was about 15 years old, the father of the family that lived next door to us died unexpectetedly. After breaking up with a girl while a senior in high school, I went to a dance and met a wonderful LDS girl. We exchanged numbers and I started seeing her at church events, at her home and other public places. She was too young to officially date, but there was something about her and her family that impressed me. A year after meeting her, she told me that she could never marry anyone outside of her faith. She also told me that she had had a dream. In this dream, after this life, I asked her why she never shared the Gospel with me. I took the missionary discussions. I knew from day 1 that the Joseph Smith story had to be true or the biggest lie told my well meaning people. I found through prayer that it was the former. That lead me to serve a mission in France/Switzerland and share my beliefs. I took all the money I had earned to attend college and left everyone and everything behind. That sacrifice, though small, has blessed my life ever since. Now I have a beautiful wife, 10 loving children, grandchildren and prosperity that only God could have blessed me with.

How I live my faith

I am so fortunate to serve the young adults of this Church. I live near Brigham Young University and for the last 2.5 years, I have served each Sunday there. A couple of Mondays a month, these university students come to my home and bless me with their energy and love of the Gospel. I feed them food, they feed me joy. Recently, I was called to lead one of the university congregations. What an honor to serve the Lord. I have raised our several children. One son is currently serving a mission for our church in Argentina. I wish I could say that all of my children have strong testimonies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but they do not. My desire is to serve all of Heavenly Fathers children, whoever they are, as if they were my own children. I know that selfless service and relying on the Lord are the ways to help all of my beloved offspring know what I know about the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In my humble opinion, we are all broken individuals, lacking the ability to return to heaven. It is only through Christ that we have an opportunity to do so. I want to share this knowledge with the world.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Tony Scoma
There is absolutely no doubt that without Jesus Christ we cannot be saved. It is only through Him and his saving grace that we have a chance of returning to our Heavenly home. Yet, we do have responsibilities. Christ asked of us - our hearts and minds. In fact, He wants our "broken heart" and our "contrite spirit". The only thing that we can give to our Savior is our willingness to follow Him. We must repent of our sins, lay them at the feet of our Redeemer and seek to follow His ways. It is a joyful, fulfilling life. We learn to serve our God through serving other people. We do our part to show that we acknowledge how Christ has saved us from physical death and we want to show ourselves worthy of His ultimate gift - Eternal Life through saving ordinances of the gospel. Show more Show less