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Hi I'm Toni

I'm a wife. I'm a mother of four. I'm a volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah. I lost my father 4 days before my third birthday. Raised by a single mom, we relocated to Virginia, to be near my mom's family, while I was still in high school. During my teenage years, I became less active. It wasn't until college that I decided that my life was missing something - active participation in my faith. I chose to grow closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and have never looked back. I'm a proud Hokie from Virginia Tech, where I met my husband. Our four children keep me busy, but I love volunteering in the community. Through volunteering I have come to know many wonderful new friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in this church. However, I chose to participate in it less and less throughout my teenage years. Even in my inactivity, I never veered too far from the teachings of this church. I took a look at my life and realized something was missing and returned to full activity. I am a Mormon because this gospel speaks to my soul. It has helped me deal with the loss of loved ones and the general ups and downs of life. I wish I could tell you that a magical transformation happened - it did not. However, my life is better when I follow the teachings of Christ. My family functions better when we put Christ and the teachings of His church first. I know the blessings that have come to me through this Church. It links me to my past and outlines my goals for the future. My Savior is my rock and I will stand with Him always. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be better than I was the day before. I look for opportunities to help in the community - PTA, local police support group, library, etc. You see the best in others when you serve side by side with them. I try to be humble, recognizing that there is always something to be learned. I've had the chance to serve in various ways in my church. Each opportunity has allowed me to better know those I served and I always end up being taught by those with whom I've served. I look to my scriptures, prayer, and talks by Church leaders for guidance and answers. I hope I show compassion to those around me. I try my best to teach my children to be good individuals and to work hard. I hope they too show compassion to those around them. I try to be a good neighbor and hope I am a good representative of my Savior.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

We have been taught that no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. Because we all sin, we become unclean. The Atonement or "at one ment" allows us to be cleansed from our sins so that we might dwell with God again. Through repentance, our sins are washed away and we become clean again. Another part of the atonement we sometimes forget about is that Christ also suffered for our sorrows, pains, infirmities, etc. When times of pain, sorrow, or loneliness come, we can turn to our Savior for comfort. He is the only one who knows exactly what we are feeling and He knows perfectly how to succor us. This aspect of the atonement is precious to me and I apply it as often as I can. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

If we want to have greater faith in Jesus Christ, we should seek to know Him better. We should read His words, which are written in the scriptures. We should reach out to Him in sincere prayer seeking to strengthen our relationship with Him. We should apply His teachings. When we serve as He served, walk as He walked, and love as He loves, we will grow closer to Him. Faith is an action word and requires work on our part. Just as we must work to strengthen a relationship with a family member or a friend, we too must work to strengthen our relationship with our Savior. Show more Show less