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Hi I'm Tonya

I can't imagine a day without music. My greatest goal and dream is to be a wife and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born in Idaho, I am the youngest of seven children and aunt to eleven nieces and nephews. I've lived in Idaho, South Carolina, North Carolina, Missouri, and Washington. I've attended five elementary schools (three in fifth grade alone), one middle school, and two high schools. I can watch movies all day and not tire of it. I love quoting movies and knowing bits of trivia about movies and actors. I love to own books and plan on a huge library in my future home. I can't imagine a day without music of any kind, whether I'm listening quietly on my phone or belting it out as I drive. I love hearing stories about The Civil War, WWII, American pioneers, the Middle Ages, and Greek Mythology. I once went on a Trek with my church, where we lived as handcart pioneers for a few days. It was one of the most physically difficult things I have ever done, pulling that handcart all day and sleeping on the hard ground at night. But it was also one of the most spiritually rewarding things I have ever done. The plan is to go to college, most likely for a degree in English or Music. However, my dream job is to be a stay-at-home mom. I am so excited to be a wife and mother!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It has always been a part of my life and I can't even begin to imagine where I would be without the Church. I've never had what some would call an "a-ha!" moment where it just dawns on me in some spectacular experience that "Yes! This Church IS true!" No, I've never had that. I guess I've just always known. It's always felt right and always made sense. I am a Mormon because this Church and His gospel bring me such sweet peace and happiness especially in the midst of turmoil and heartache. I am a Mormon because I love my Heavenly Father and His Son, my brother Jesus Christ, and I know with all my heart that they love me.

How I live my faith

I never thought I would serve a mission for my church. However, when the latter-day prophet, Thomas S. Monson, announced that young women could now serve missions at the age of nineteen, I couldn't believe it. My jaw dropped as I gasped and I started to cry. I didn't understand why I did that at the time, as I'd never seriously thought about serving a mission. Within a few weeks, I made the choice to serve a mission and I prayed to my Heavenly Father for a confirmation that this was the right path for me. A warm, peaceful feeling came over my heart and I knew that He approved and that He was proud of me for making such a life-changing decision. I've since received my call and leave soon. I will leave my family and friends, my pets, my possessions, my time, for 18 months while I will invite others to hear a message of love and peace. I will be an instrument in the Lord's hands in bringing His sheep back to the fold and I cannot wait.