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Hi I'm Tori!

I'm a happy Mormon. I teach elementary school music and I love it! I also enjoy my husband, my dog, and chocolate.

About Me

I am a teacher at a WONDERFUL elementary school where I teach music to students ages 5 - 12. I have 500 students and I love all of them! My husband and I were married in the Raleigh temple in 2015 and we are happy to be building our lives together one step at a time. I am a very creative person; my hobbies include reading (particularly fiction novels), listening to movie soundtracks (I often know all the music from a movie before I ever see it!), making collages, styling hair (especially braiding!), and building large puzzles (500 pieces at least!). I also love to spend time with my family playing games and watching movies. My favorite color is purple, my favorite food is french toast, and my favorite thing to do in the morning is wake up early and go for a long walk with my dog Molly.

Why I am a Mormon

Since there are not many members where I grew up, I have become accustomed to people asking me what my church believes in, but I don't think I've ever been asked before WHY I am a Mormon. I suppose it's because people know I was born a member. I could just say that it's because both of my parents are Mormon, as well as the majority of my Mom's family, but then again, I am a legal adult. I can make my own decisions, right? And I am most certainly still a Mormon. I believe that the LDS church is the true church of Jesus Christ, and that is why I continue to participate in it. But how do I know that? The answer is that I don't know. But I do believe it, and I believe it with all my heart and soul. I have felt the promptings of the Holy Spirit guiding me through my life, and it always takes me in the direction of the gospel of this church. No, I do not have a perfect knowledge that every single thing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches is true, but I do know that God lives, that He loves me and all His children, and that every person who has ever lived on this earth is one of those children. I know that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that He is my Savior and Redeemer. This knowledge is the foundation of my faith in everything else that this church teaches, and I believe that as I continue to go forward with faith and learn more about the gospel of Christ that I will come to have a more perfect knowledge of these things for myself.

How I live my faith

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Faith is knowing that God lives, and that His love for His children is immeasurable and eternal. Even though I cannot see Him, I truly believe that He is there and that He is on my side. I live my faith by trying to be hopeful every day, to see the best in the world, and to encourage hope in others.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Tori!
There are countless blessings received through the gift of the Holy Ghost. 1500 characters is not nearly enough to list them all. However, I will talk about one that has recently been of great help to me. Elder Richard G. Scott said in the October 1998 General Conference that we should "Be grateful that your righteous life molds you so that you don't fit where you don't belong." This quote to me expresses how the Holy Ghost can help warn us when we are in a place or a situation where we should not be. If we are making or about to make decisions that will harm our spirits or the spirits of others, the Holy Ghost is there to quietly remind us of who we are- Sons and Daughters of God. We are divine, and with the gift of the Holy Ghost, we can refrain from being caught up in things that are detrimental to us. Show more Show less