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Hi I'm Tory

I am a Special Education Teacher, I grew up in Texas, I am a convert to the LDS Church, I am proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

Hi. My name is Tory I am a 25 years old. I am a Teacher. I enjoy sewing, decorating, cooking, the outdoors, and learning. I believe education can break all barriers, that is why I work at a middle school in Special Education. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2007. It has been been the best decision of my life. I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a Mormon.   

Why I am a Mormon

I did not grow up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I come from a wonderful loving family made up of Catholics, Protestants, and even one Pagan. I was raised to ask questions, I was raised to be an independent, strong, and educated woman. I always knew there was a God and I felt in my heart that Jesus was real. My father died when I was seven and as I prayed for answers, I felt a strong connection to my Heavenly Father and felt that he would never forsake me. I needed guidance and assurance that one day I would see my earthly father again. Fast Forward to College. I found out about the Mormon Church through a friend of a friend. I was not really interested in my new found friends' religion, but I was curious about what they believed. As I listened to them speak, I wanted to know more. I did not want to be close minded I wanted to know about all religions. As my family had taught me. In my studies of world religions, I found the Mormon religion to be quite unique. As I pondered, prayed and started reading the Book of Mormon, I started feeling different, not bad, but different. As I prayed I felt a calmness about the Church, I started attending just to check it out and saw that the Mormons were not as weird as I had once thought, they were actually fun. As a believer in the Bible I started to look for answers in a book I knew to be the word of God and a verse popped out at me in the last verse of the last book of St John. John 2125 “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” I believe in the Bible, I believe in the Book of Mormon, I believe in Jesus Christ, and I believe in the power of prayer. As I prayed I felt that the LDS church was true. I am so glad I listened to that prompting to join, I have never been happier or closer to my savior. My prayers were answered when I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or should I say when it found me. I know families can be together forever, I know God lives and loves his children no matter what their religion or beliefs. I believe God never forsakes us, I believe he guides through Prophets just as he did in Biblical times. Most importantly, I know I will be with my family when I die. Good luck in your search and may you see the blessings of God in your life.

How I live my faith

I think living your faith, is just caring about other people and being nice. I think a lot can come from a smile and a kind word.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

As a self proclaimed feminist and as one coming from a home where my mother was the bread winner and sole caretaker of my sister and myself I can honestly say, because they have motherhood. Motherhood is an honor bestowed upon women by Heavenly Father, just as the Priesthood is bestowed upon Men by Heavenly Father. Both of these honors are for the protection of family. Women have the power to bring life into the world, and men who are worthy to carry the priesthood have the power to baptize a rebirth of sorts on behalf of Heavenly Father. Both roles are important, but different. Women are not degraded, by not having the priesthood, just as men are not degraded because they cannot bear children. Everything has a role in this world, everything has a purpose. Women are who help men be able to have the priesthood, by raising worthy young men through being mothers, teachers, wives, and sisters. The Mormon Church empowers women, to educate themselves not only in Church doctrine, but in academia as well. Women are leaders in the Church by being in charge of many activities and Church organizations. We are Mothers, Teachers, Wives, Friends, and Speakers. Women organize meals for the sick, clothing drives, they participate in cub scouts, and we are the backbone of the Church. Women organize, lead, and head many committees. Women in the Mormon Church are Doctors, Lawyers, Educators, Policewomen, Entrepreneurs, etc. You probably work with a Mormon woman and don’t even know it. While we do many things and have many great responsibilities, we also recognize that there is nothing more important than our Families and our Faith. While I see my husband as the head of my household, he recognizes and appreciates that there would be no household if it were not for me. We are a team, an equal partnership with different roles. We are partners working together to build our home into a house of the Lord.   Show more Show less