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Hi I'm Toni!

I'm a wife and mother. My kids say I'm strong as a hippo, smart as einstein and pretty as Snow White. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was a little girl I always knew that I wanted to grow up to be Mother and Teacher. I was blessed to marry my High School sweetheart when I was only 21 and we started our family as I completed my undergraduate studies with a degree in Elementary Education. I'm now, "living the dream" as a mother of six lovely little people. With a houseful of small children and babies life can quite often be far from peaceful. In my not so spare time I enjoy photography, gardening, crafting, and work part-time in marketing. I like to volunteer at our school and am an avid 'do-it-yourself-er'. I love reading, particularly fantasy fiction novels, sewing, camping and everything in the outdoors. From raising baby goats to carpentry and beyond there's nothing I won't try at least once. I love spending time with my family, reading together or playing at the park and watching my amazing children make their choices. I look forward to living through eternity with the love of my life and enjoying laughing with him as we grow old together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in an active Mormon family. In my earliest memories the church was a huge part of my life and everything that we did as a family. As I have grown my testimony of the principles of the gospel has developed and grown also from a simple faith to a solid conviction. Life is better as a Mormon. This simple truth has been proven throughout my life in big and small ways. When I live the gospel life is not easier, but it is sweeter. I have felt the blessings of sacrifice, service and obedience and the Plan of Happiness laid out in scripture gives perspective and meaning to life's trials and tests. I have a lot of friends and even family who claim organized religion is a crutch or a safety net. To that I say, "don't we all need a safety net?" In this world that gets darker each day, more full of uncertainty and fear and moral degradation, what a blessing it is that we have the safety net of the gospel. I am eternally thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who provided a plan for us and a Savior. Why am I a Mormon? Because it makes my family happy. Because it makes me happy. My life is better as a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have the best calling in the church! I have served in the primary for the last three years and currently teach the seven-year old children. I love teaching the gospel to little children and learning from their sweet testimonies. Their faith is so perfect. Their trust is so complete and they love to hear stories from the scriptures. In the past I have served as the ward organist, on the activities committee (party and event planning), with the Women's group (Relief Society), with the cub scouts, and with the youth girls during the summer girls' camp. I love serving in the Church and find that each new opportunity challenges and blesses my life in ways that I could not have predicted. I know that the call to serve comes from a loving Heavenly Father through revelation. He gives us the opportunities that we need and service is always sweet.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Toni!
The family is the central unit of society. It is also central to Heavenly Father's plan. In the family we experience our greatest challenges (parenting) and our greatest joys (parenting). Through our family we are taught and given opportunities to make choices which shape who we will be as adults. As adults we are given a divine desire to have a family - to see our hearts walking around outside our bodies in the form of our children. No greater love can be shared between a husband and wife than their union in procreative powers to join with God in creating another life. Each birth in our family has been sacred. As we grow old our joys will come through our children and their children and when we are at the end of our lives, our greatest happiness and lasting peace will come through the eternal covenants we have made as a couple - that we will not be parted with death, but through temple covenants our families will continue throughout the eternities. Families are what it is all about. Show more Show less