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Hi I'm Tonya Ford

I have been a Mormon all my life. I have spent my adult life as a teacher and working with abused/neglected children.

About Me

I am a wife, mother of seven, and grandmother of twenty-four. I come from a strong Mormon heritage with members of my family helping to organize the church. I have been a high school teacher, a school district administrator and am just retiring as a Superior Court director of a program for abused and neglected children. I have been blessed to hold many callings in the church over my lifetime. I have served in Primary, Young Women, Relief Society and Sunday School in both ward and stake callings. My favorite calling was teaching early-morning Seminary. It was such a testimony to me of the strength of our youth in the church, plus I had to REALLY study the scriptures every day for nearly three years. It is true that that he who teaches learns the most. I am anxious to learn all I can as we help teach others on our mission. I love music and literature. I play the piano and organ and enjoy singing with others. I love to read, but my most enjoyable time is when I can be outdoors. I kayak often, love horseback riding, and even went skydiving. I enjoy spending time with all my family. We have a very large group when we are all together and it is our favorite activity. I am studying Spanish with a tutor and it is very difficult for me as I learned French when I was younger. However, I feel it will show respect and more understanding to those we serve in Argentina. I love the gospel and am very anxious to share the blessings it brings to us with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this is the true church. I have been a member all my life; was baptized at age eight, graduated from Seminary, held callings, married in the temple and have had many blessings. My parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and even further back were members of the church. My early family suffered greatly to help organize and build the church. When I was young, I believe I went to church and believed because my parents and family did; however as I became a young woman and read the Book of Mormon I realized that my testimony was really my own. Today it is stronger and continuing to grow. I know this is the only true church on earth today. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God who restored the gospel in our time. I know President Monson is a living prophet today who receives revelation from God for our day and time. I know I am a child of God, that he knows me personally, that he loves me and wants me to return to him. I know that Jesus Christ is our brother and our Savior and that he paid the ultimate price for us through his atoning sacrifice. I love the gospel in every way.

How I live my faith

I have worked on many committees in our city to help improve the area and the lives of others. Everyone with whom I have worked is aware that I am a Mormon. I try to set an example of what a Mormon truly should be. I am certainly not perfect, but I try to remember who I am (a Child of God) and what I should do. I have worked in the church since I was just a small girl. I played piano for some meetings when I was in the sixth grade. I have never been without a calling in the church. I have taught the youth in early-morning classes (starting at 6:00 a.m.) and have presided over the young ladies in our church. I have also worked with the women as president of their organization in two different wards and as the president of all the wards in the stake. With the very young children, I have taught and played music and also taught classes. I play the organ for our Sunday services. I feel the most important way to live my faith is to have a home filled with peace and love where Heavenly Father's spirit can reside. My husband, children, and grandchildren are the most important part of my life. I grew up in a very strong LDS family and spend a lot of time with my siblings and their families. My mother is 93 years old and continues to be a great force for good in our lives. I have learned a great lesson over the years: If you are seeking happiness, you must live what you believe. There is no other way. The gospel gives us the pattern and we only have to follow.