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Hi I'm Tonya

I grew up in Minnesota. I was a Lutheran growing up but now I can say....I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a stay at home mother of 2 girls, 11 and 17. I spend my time crocheting, watching movies and tv with my girls and husband. We are also a gaming family, we game together! I enjoy baking and reading as well. I am a relatively new member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My daughters and I were baptized in 2014!

Why I am a Mormon

As previously stated, I grew up Lutheran and converted 2 years ago to the Church. I had lessons in my home with our missionaries and as they were teaching, I felt in my heart it was right. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know whether it was true. I followed the advice from James 1:5-6 when I prayed, I asked to know if this was right not only for me but for my children as well. Ever ytime I asked, I felt what I like the call the warm fuzzies, it feels as if I am being wrapped in a big warm hug! Since joining the church, I have become amazed at the amount of service that people do for each other. I have never experienced that type of willingness to do anything to help those in need, from providing food to babysitting to helping move.

How I live my faith

I spent 2015 teaching the elementary age kids, more specifically 9-10 year olds, boys and girls. It was a lot of fun and I was able to refresh my memory of the Bible stories from when I was younger. In 2016, became the secretary for the Young Women, girls 12-17. So, now I'm responsible for helping our teenagers learn how to be Christlike in today's world. I'm absolutely loving it. I also visit with a couple ladies from our church once a month and teach them a specific topic, which is different each month. We also visit about what is going on in their and my life. I believe this is an amazing way to be of service, because sometimes people with say things they need to 1 or 2 people but not to a huge group. I believe living one's faith by service is an awesome experience. That service can be as simple as a smile at a stranger or a greeting to baking cookies for the new family in your neighborhood to helping someone move! I have done all of these and more on a daily basis.

What is the Relief Society?

Tonya
The Relief Society is for the adult women in our church. We meet for classes together on Sundays and once a month for enrichment purposes. I feel this helps us women become closer to each other to be able to be comfortable to ask for help when needed and be able to build our faith and strengthen ourselves and our families. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Tonya
We perform baptisms for the dead to allow those who didn't have the opportunity to be baptized when they were alive to have it done so. It is done in our temples with someone as a proxy. This is an important part of The Plan of Salvation. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Tonya
There are no restrictions as to race on who can join the church. We are all children of our Heavenly Father. In the same aspects there are no restricts on men holding the priesthood. They do, however, have to be worthy and faithful. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Tonya
We definitely regard the Bible as Holy Scriptures. It is the word of God recorded from the Prophets of old. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Tonya
Our missionaries who volunteer their time (usually 18 monthes-2 years) to teach because Heavenly Father told us to teach in Matthew 28:19 "Go yet therefore, and teach all nations". Heavenly Father wants all of His children back and He uses our missionaries to help them do so. Show more Show less