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Hi I'm Tori

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a junior in college. I am majoring in Psychology but since I have jumped around to different majors, I still have a long ways to go! My husband Billy and I were recently married in the Salt Lake Temple. We were dating for almost two years before we got married and I have loved every minute of it! We went to rival high schools but never met each other until we went 80's dancing one summer night and hit it off. We love traveling together--whether it's to Southern Utah or North Carolina or Mexico. We both love being active and playing sports together. Billy taught me to golf and since he put up with my competitive nature, I have learned to love it and I even got my own clubs! While growing up, I played basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, but mainly softball. We are currently living in Minnesota for the summer while Billy sells Dish Network and DirecTV as a door-to-door salesman. We'll both go back to school in the fall. While being here we have missed our normal summer activities in Utah. We usually go boating, go to concerts, go longboarding (Billy longboards and I bike--crashed one too many times), go to fairs and festivals...we basically live for the summer!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both converts to the Church and the only member of the Church in their families. While growing up, I always felt the need to be strong in my testimony because I knew it would make my parents happy and proud of me. Some of my older siblings have fallen away from the Church and I saw what that did to my parents. They were and still are devastated about it. As I got older, however, I began to resent how much I felt the need to please them and it made me really question the Church and question my testimony. I started hanging out with friends who also questioned it and that was a slippery slope. I always had a testimony of Christ, but it was dwindling because I wasn't working on it at all. I made some poor decisions and I felt guilty about it, but not enough to change. I would have such a good time with my friends but then I'd come home and be alone and I would be miserable. I wasn't experiencing the true joy of the gospel. Good times are fun, but it's that lasting joy that makes our lives worthwhile. I always knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to be married in the temple to a returned missionary and raise my children with the gospel. It wasn't until I met and liked a guy that had all the qualities I wanted my husband to have and I wanted myself to have--Billy--that I started working towards that goal. I knew that if I didn't shape up, I could miss out on the most important thing in my life. When I was finally able to go to the temple, I knew that this was where I belonged and where I want to always be able to go. I know that Christ lives and that he died so that we could experience true joy. I know that Joseph Smith saw Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father in the sacred grove and he was commanded to start the LDS church. I am so grateful that my parents made the decision to get baptized so that I could have the gospel in my life as well. And I will always be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Billy and I teach the 5-year olds in our ward during Sunday School. It has been such a wonderful experience. Children always remind me of Christ and strengthen my testimony in how much He loves us. We can't wait to one day have our own children and teach them the fundamentals of the gospel. We try and go to the temple as much as we can because when we do, all our fears about money, jobs, school, goes down the drain. When we have a greater perspective of why we are on this Earth and what we need to do, the normal stresses of life don't seem nearly as crucial.