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Hi I'm Toni

I'm a retired "Jill of All Trades." I love nature and being a grandmother. I treasure all of God's children and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a fun Catholic family with five siblings in Southern California. We had grandparents in both the city and also in a farming community in Idaho, so learning to enjoy and respect nature was central to many of my childhood experiences. My parents had a generous library in our house and I could always find a book that caught my interest. Growing up, I was involved in many sports and continued that throughout my adult years to the extent that time and strength allowed. Baseball remains my favorite sport. Long live baseball! Family is very valuable to me and I also find it easy to love and appreciate others not related to me or even those quite different from me. People are simply fascinating. I'm grateful that Jesus Christ, under the direction of Heavenly Father, created this awesome world. It truly is a reflection of their love for each of us and their desire for us to be happy while we're here. My parents, three siblings, and many friends have passed on to God's arms but I cherish the time we had together on earth and know we'll be together in eternity. I love to sew and mend and spend time with children. I'm completely content to be a grandmother and will soon be serving a medical mission with my husband. I'm a little nervous about leaving my family, and comfortable home and neighborhood, but I have no doubts that Heavenly Father is mindful of us.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon helps me more fully recognize the beauties of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My life is more peaceful and I feel greater compassion for others when I focus on his teachings and try to follow his example. I love the Bible and have found The Book of Mormon to be another true testament of Christ. It was written by ancient prophets who walked in righteousness and cared about us in this present day. Their goal was to testify of Christ and deepen our knowledge of Heavenly Father and his Plan of Salvation. God loves us and nothing can separate us from that love. He continually reaches out to demonstrate his never-ending love. He's given us earth life to test our faithfulness, as well as prepare us for eternal life with him. His greatest gift to us is his Son who atoned for all the sins of the world and continues to lift us from discouragement, stress, depression, and feelings of inadequacy and guilt. As a Mormon, I can enjoy the blessings of holy temples which nourish my soul and give me strength to be happy and optimistic even when my circumstances are challenging or discouraging. The greatest blessing of the temple is the sealing of families together forever. I know this is what Heavenly Father desires for his children and what brings him complete joy. This is an important part of perfecting our nature and making us whole.

How I live my faith

At church, I'm currently a Primary teacher of 5-year olds. I love children so this is an easy calling for me. Over the years I've had various callings including being the president of organizations for women, young women, and children. I've learned the importance of accepting callings, even when I didn't feel qualified or when I worried about time commitments. By accepting in faith and doing my best, the Lord has increased my abilities and helped me gain new perspectives and understanding. I've been involved in many church sponsored service projects both in my neighborhood and community, and those that have benefited people in far corners of the world. Each of these has enlightened my mind to the struggle of other people and added new friendships to my life. I know we're on this earth to help each other and it's important to feel a partnership with the Lord. The wonderful part of living ones faith is that there are so many ways to do it. I'm grateful for that! It demonstrates how creative each person is and how unique we are in the eyes of God. I like to begin each day with gratitude for my life and the knowledge I have that He loves me. I also like to read the scriptures and review a hymn or two during the day. Each of these activities remind me who I am - a child of God. As I concentrate on him I can overcome myself, improve my perspective, and be reminded of our Savior's qualities of love, forgiveness, ministering, caring, serving, encouraging, and so on. My husband (he's a physician assistant) and I have been called to serve an 18-month medical mission in a country far away. For many years we've saved a little money here and there so we could pay for this ourselves. Although I have some concerns about leaving people I dearly love and my comforts, we're both excited to serve the Lord and know his love will continue to surround us on our journey.