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Hi I'm Tori

I'm a learner. My favorite topics of study include people/relationships, culture, language, and religion.

About Me

I'm a wife, mother, HOA secretary, and Sunday School teacher. I have a Spanish B.A. degree, and I know a little bit of ASL and Portuguese. I also manage a Google Plus and a Facebook page meant to educate Mormons and non-Mormons alike about Mormon beliefs and culture.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about 14, I realized that I had developed an addiction from childhood, and I knew from what I was taught in church that I needed to end it. That's when I really started to pray for real - to actually talk with God. He responded to my prayers and helped me break my addiction. From then on I knew that God was different from Santa Claus. (SPOILER!) He was actually real, and He had great power. I continue to need His help to overcome things and make important decisions, and He never lets me down. He's always there by my side, even during those times when I ignore him and try to do things on my own. I have learned that because we have imperfect natures, and because of the coarseness of the world that we live in, it's hard to follow Christ's example. But what's important is to try our best to keep God's commandments. God will always be there for us when we fail. He wants to help us repent, and He loves us no matter what we have done or how damaged and worthless we may feel. To God, each one of us is precious beyond measure.

How I live my faith

My beliefs make me happy, and my testimony of the reality of God is firm, so I like to invite other people to learn about what I believe. I want others to experience the happiness and peace that I enjoy. I spend most of my time caring for my children, managing family affairs, and keeping up with the lives of my friends and family. I also try to be an above-average neighbor and community member so that the world is a better place for having me in it. Trying. Not saying I've succeeded yet. I also try to live the Word of Wisdom by making healthy meals, maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, and being physically active.

Are Mormons Christians?

Tori
Some say that we are not Christians because they think that our notion of Jesus Christ differs too much from theirs, so they think we must not worship the same Jesus and that we don't deserve to be called Christians. I am confident that we have enough in common with other Christians that we may all be called Christians. We all believe that Jesus Christ (who is God) suffered and died for our sins so that through faith in Him, we are saved. We have much, much more in common than that, but isn't that alone enough? Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Tori
You can come visit anytime, sure. You might want to put on a dress/skirt or a suit so that you blend in a little because everyone else will be wearing that stuff. It's 3 hours long, divided into 3 blocks, so you can easily leave after the first hour. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Tori
It's not okay unless the mother is in serious jeopardy, and you've prayed about it and God confirms that you should abort the baby. That is extremely rare, though. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Tori
I'm a lesbian Mormon married to a man. My marriage isn't easy, but it is fulfilling enough as long as my husband remembers to brush his teeth and shower. :P We believe that marriages are meant to be forever, and that the family is what life is all about. God wants us to exist with our families forever and continue having children forever, but homosexual behavior gets in the way of this plan. Additionally, the Bible teaches against it. (See Romans 1:24-32 and Leviticus 20:13) Everyone has weaknesses that are ultimately bad for us, weaknesses that tempt us. It isn't a sin to be tempted to do homosexual stuff, but it is a sin to give in to those temptations. People with same-sex partners can't receive Church ordinances or attend the temple, but they can still come to church and make friends and stuff. So, because my husband is my only partner and I don't view porn or do other lesbian stuff in my sex life, I can participate fully in worship services and attend the temple. I am not penalized or shamed just for being gay. It's the sex life behavior that is worrisome because of the damage it ultimately does. Mormons believe in trying hard to understand their gay brothers and sisters. There probably are some homophobes in the Mormon community, but I can forgive them because it's human nature to fear something you don't understand. Mormons are just humans trying to be good and do good things. Our church teaches us to choose to love instead of to judge, so that's what we intend to do. Show more Show less