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Hi I'm Anthony

I'm from Arizona. I'm a Veteran. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Anthony, most people call me Tony. I have 2 younger brothers. During my childhood years, my father was in the U.S. Air Force, so we lived in many different states in the U.S. and also in England. I lived in Arizona longer than any of the other places, it was during my jr. high and high school years. I met my wife while I was in high school. When I was 18 we were married, and I enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for 6 years. I am now a Land Surveyor. My wife and I have two daughters, and 11 grandchildren that we are able to spend a lot of time with. I have been selected to be a cast member in the Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant and I'm very thankful to be given that opportunity to serve, and to help present the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, my parents raised me as a Catholic, and I know that they believed they were doing what was right . When I was old enough to start making my own decisions on matters of religious preference, I felt I should look for a different Christian denomination. After I met my wife and we were married, together we began to investigate and try various other churches, looking for the one that felt right to us. We went to many different Protestant, Evangelical, and Non-Denominational churches looking for the one that was "right". I was not sure exactly what it was we were looking for, But we had not found it, even though we met many people along the way who truly desired to serve God. Many years passed by and eventually I completely stopped going to church. My wife would go most sundays, with our two oldest grandchildren to one of the non-denominational mega-churches that was close by our home. She knew it wasn't the church we were looking for, but she kept going there for about a year and a half so the kids could be involved in the youth programs, and she felt it was better than not going at all. Around that time we decided to started looking for a new home to purchase and found one in a community about 20 miles away from where lived at the time. We moved into our new home, and my wife didn't want to drive the 20 miles to where she had been going to church, so at that point neither of us was attending church. We knew felt that we needed Christ in our lives so we started looking for a church nearby. The problem was, there didn't seem to be much in the area., except for a few Mormon churches and a couple of other churches that met at the local elementary schools. We weren't about to go to a Mormon church, so we didn't go anywhere. Now, at this point I should tell you that growing up we both had friends that were Mormon. My wife had a few that were practically family to her. We knew that they were good people, with really good family values, but that whole Book of Mormon thing seemed really strange to both of us. Of all the churches we had investigated, we never seriously considered this one. My wife had visited LDS churches on occasion as a teen, but I had never been to one. I didn't have a clue about what was in the Book of Mormon. I had the same misconceptions about the church that so many people have. I thought I knew what their beliefs were, even though all I knew was what I had heard from non members. It turns out that I was so wrong. One day my wife happened to be at a school function that was going on during the summer break, where she met a woman who was a Mormon. In fact for some reason she asked her, " You wouldn't happen to be a Mormon would you?" The woman told her that she was and they talked for a while. Soon after that my wife invited the missionaries to visit and talk with her. She told me that they were coming by to talk with her and I think I said something like "Why would you want to do that?" She said that she wanted to find out more about the church. I replied "oh", and that was that. After a couple of visits from the missionaries, my wife asked me if they could come for the next visit, after I got home from work so they could talk to me also. I said " Yea,I guess so". Somewhere deep in my heart I was glad that they were coming to visit us. The day I had my first visit with them I had gotten home from work a little later than expected and the missionaries were already there, along with the woman that my wife had met at the school she would later turn out to be one of our dearest freinds. I remember thinking to myself as I met the Elders missionaries "I'm so glad you're here. What took so long?" I didn't know at the time why I had those thoughts. They talked with me about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and gave me a Book of Mormon and asked me to read a couple of particular chapters before our next visit.They also asked me to pray about what I had read and to ask God if it were not true. I read the chapters they wanted me to read, and several more! Almost immediately I knew in my heart that what I was reading was in fact true, that it was indeed the word of God, and that this was what I had been searching for most of my life! I prayed to Heavenly Father and recieved confirmation that the Book of Mormon was true! My wife also, knew in her heart the same things. Together we would stay up late every night reading aloud, chapter after chapter. We had found the precious truths we sought after, and it seemed as though we could not take enough of it in. We knew then that we wanted to become members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By the time we had our next appointment with the Elders, they were surprised at how much we had read. We talked about baptism. I told them that I had been baptized by immersion. When they asked me if it was by someone who had the Priesthood authority to baptize, I didn't know what to say, I didn't know anything about the authority they spoke of. They explained it to me and gave me a reading assignment and asked me to pray about it. I did and I knew that I wanted to be baptized, I knew that it was what I should do. My wife and I were baptized on the same day. I'll never forget that day. Later I would have the opportunity to baptize our two oldest grandchildren, another day I'll never forget. I am so thankful for my Heavenly Father setting into motion the events that lead to my family and I becoming members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints and finding the path which will lead us back to him. I bear witness that, I know though the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. I testify that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that he lives and that this is his true Church. I testify that Joseph Smith Jr. was a prophet chosen by God to restore his church upon the Earth and that Thomas S. Monson is God's chosen Prophet on the Earth today. I bear this testimony in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.  

How I live my faith

Shortly after I was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints , I was called to be the Assistant Ward Mission Leader in my Ward. This calling is very special to me becase, as a convert to the Church I have a strong desire to share the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and the precious truths that I have found, with every one that I know and everyone that is willing to listen. I really love having the opportunity to work with the full-time missionaries and to be able to share my testimonies with others. It's such a great feeling to help other find the comfort, joy, and peace that the Savior has to offer, and to help them realize that families can be together forever through our Heavenly Fathers plan of salvation. One of the duties of my calling is to teach new member lessons. These lessons or discussions review essential doctrines and gospel principals which the new member has been taught by the full-time missioanaries prior to being baptized. Through the guidance and promptings of the Holy Spirit I am able to teach the new member and also gain increased knowledge and understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. Another duty of my calling is to conduct the convert baptism services. I'm thankful to take part in such an important and spiritual event in the lives of many people. To see others take those first steps along the path which leads back to our Heavenly Father, and to feel the tremendous Spirit which is there, strengthens ones faith and testimony. I refer to the things that I do in my calling as "duties", but I feel privileged to be able to do them, and they are things that I would want to do even if they were not part of my calling. As I said before I want to share this gospel and these precious truths with everyone who will listen. Our Heavenly Father has given us his commandments and instructed us how to live our lives. It is my desire to serve him and obey his commandments and be an instrument to help others find the path that leads us back to him. If you are seeking the true Church of Jesus Christ, or you are investigating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I'm really glad you're here. I pray that though the power of the Holy Ghost, you too will recieve a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Anthony
Yes, it is indeed true that after Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected he appeared to many in North America. You can read about this in the Book of Mormon (3 Nephi, chapter 11). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Anthony
We believe that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of his children .Our Heavenly Father's divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave and for families to be united eternally. Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Anthony
Simply put, yes we do. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Anthony
Yes, we follow Christ and His teachings, and we strive to be more like Him. Show more Show less