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Hi I'm Tonia

I'm an author. I hike with other moms and grandmas. I rock climb with my son. I'm a wife and mother.

About Me

Hi my name is Tonia. I love literature and am a published author. I graduated from Utah State University in Psychology and Spanish. I worked professionally with troubled youth directing and coordinating services and programs for kids in state custody. I collect art, am an amateur photographer, and play the guitar. I love the outdoors and hike weekly with a group of moms and grandmas. I recently have taken up rock climbing again, this time with my 13 year old son. Our family enjoys skiing in the winter on the mountain slopes nearby where we reside in Utah. I enjoy travel and speak Spanish as a second language. I loved living abroad in Argentina for a brief time. I have also resided previously in the Chicago area. I love meeting people from all over the world and have made friends from Iran, Japan, Laos, and Mexico just to name a few. Some of my favorite travel spots have been Ireland and Washington DC. I have 2 teenage boys 13 and 17 and am most proud of my titles of wife and mother.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was six years old I lost my dad and older brother in an airplane crash. Their deaths started me on a path of exploration. I wanted to know would I ever see them again. Is death the end? I wanted to believe as my mom did in life after death. I wanted to know for myself did Christ really die for us? Was he really resurrected on the third day? Did He really make it possible for us to live again? Throughout the years I studied in the Bible and the Book of Mormon about Jesus Christ. I came to love Him. I came to know Him as my personal Savoir. I made mistakes along the way but I have found Him to be patient with my weaknesses I have found Him to be a loving and forgiving God. I felt in my heart that I would see my dad and brother again someday. I came to know and understand that death is not the end. Ten years ago I suffered the loss of my baby, a beautiful son with dark hair like his father. I was nine months pregnant and went into labor, we went to the hospital expecting to come home with a new son but instead the nursery was empty. Our third son whom we named Hinckley was full term stillborn and we were devastated. Again the questions came nagging at my heart. Will I ever see my son again? I was blessed with an overwhelming feeling of love and comfort during this time. The answer was clear I have a Father in Heaven who loves me. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die for me. Jesus Christ overcame death. He rose the third day. Jesus made it possible for me to be with my family not just in this life but in the life to come. I will see my father, brother, and son again. Jesus Christ comforts me in good times and bad He takes away my sorrow and grief and it is turned to joy. He shows me how to live. He shows me how to love. My faith in Jesus Christ continues to grow as I turn to Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. I live my faith by asking each day what my Savior would have me do. Is there someone I can serve? How can I show my family that I love them today? How can I be a good friend, neighbor and member of my community? I try to live by WWJD, "What Would Jesus Do?" I'm certainly not perfect like Him, but trying to live more like Christ keeps me on a good path, it makes me a better person. Prayer helps me to know His will. Studying in the Bible and Book of Mormon gives me great examples to follow. When I mess up, and I frequently do, I ask God to forgive me and because Jesus Christ died for my sins He does forgive me. Then I jump right back into the saddle and try again. Each time I learn a little more, and slowly but surely He molds me into a better person and I love Him for it.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Tonia
When I was six years old I lost my dad and older brother in an airplane crash. Their deaths started me on a path of exploration. I wanted to know would I ever see them again? Is death the end? Did Christ really die for us? Was he really ressurected on the third day? Did He really make it possible for us to live again? Throughout the years I studyed in the Bible and the Book of Mormon about Jesus Christ. I came to love Him. I came to know Him as my personal Savoir. I made mistakes along the way but I have found Him to be patient, loving and forgiving. I felt in my heart that I would see my dad and brother again someday, death is not the end. Ten years ago I suffered the loss of my baby, a beautiful son with dark hair like his father. We went to the hospital expecting to come home with a new son but instead the nursery was empty. Our third son, Hincklley was stillborn. Again the questions came nagging at my heart. Will I ever see my son again? I was blessed with an overwhelming feeling of love and comfort. The answer was clear I have a Father in Heaven who loves me. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die for me. Jesus Christ overcame death. He rose the third day. Jesus made it possible for me to be with my family not just in this life but in the life to come. I will see my father, brother, and son again. Jesus Christ takes away my sorrow and grief and it is turned to joy. He shows me how to live. He shows me how to love. Show more Show less