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Hi I'm Vanessa Torres

I love Swimming, Smiling, Singing , and Shopping!!!!! I'm very outgoing and love to meet new people! and Im a Mormon

About Me

I was born in Colombia, but grew up in Utah. I'm so proud of my Colombian roots but I'm a Utah girl at heart! I come from an amazing family, I'm the oldest and I have three younger brothers, who I adore! Im not going to talk about middle school because like everyone else those are years I try to forget. haha! However, High School was a blast! Freshman year was a year of trial. I was diagnosed with a cancer that ended my swim team career. I learned to just get over that and work on finding who I was. A Daughter of God! Before the year ended I was cancer free and ready to start sophomore year. BEST YEAR of high school. The year I met my best friends including Jake Smith who was my high school sweet heart. Together he helped me realize my true beauty, my potential, and who I can become. He is on a mission now and we could not be happier! Im on my senior year, but going to a college to graduate with a degree in Dental Assisting. Im no longer in the Young Woman Program, because I've gotten my medallion and I'm already 18. But I have such a strong testimony in that program! I encourage every young woman to take all that they can from it! I hope one day that they may call me to work with the Y.W. that would be a great calling! Right now, I'm a CTR 6 Primary Teacher. I love my kids so much, the special joy they bring even when they aren't listening:) I love this gospel and the peace it brings to my heart! Thanks to my heavenly father I know exactly who I am, I'm a daughter of a king.

Why I am a Mormon

I was luck to be born in a family that was already in the church. However my parents made it clear that, "You cant live with someone else's testimony, you have to gain one of your own" along side with parents, family members, teachers, and the Young Woman's program. I gained my own testimony. My Grandfather is one of the many reasons why my testimony is so strong. When the missionaries came to his house, he had a gallon of whisky and a box of cuban cigars. When the Missionaries came, he told them to leave then come back another day. They left with him a pamphlet of the church and the restoration. My Grandfather was an Atheist at the time, so he wrote down all these questions to ask the missionaries. When they came they answered every sing one of his questions! He became so fascinated with the church, he read the Book of Mormon in just a couple of weeks. He gave up drinking and smoking and was soon baptized. He became so found of this church. He would share it with everyone!!! Taxi driver, waiters, teachers, coworkers, you name it! Each he handed a book of mormon to. Becoming LDS cost him his job and safety. Colombia at the time was very corrupt and did not approve of his faith. But that did not change anything. He became Bishop, Stake president, and helped bring the gospel to Colombia. Thanks to him and his decision the gospel is now in my life. And like my grandfather I'm not ashamed of it! I work harder to make my testimony grow more and more everyday!

How I live my faith

Alright, so being raised in Utah, being "Mormon" may be easy. But really you are crowded with people with many different standards, or they are Mormon only by tradition. Although it is easier here to live the gospel, it is also hard to live it to the fullest. I try to surround my self with people who live by my standards and achieve to be better. I find that when i am truly involved in the gospel my testimony grows. Our Stake President advised us to live with these "5 steps to a stronger testimony" to help us move to higher grounds. The steps include: 1. ACT in your ward faithfully. 2. GO to your classes, seminary, institute, etc. 3. ATTEND the temple often 4. STUDY the scriptures everyday. 5. PRAY everyday. Ive noticed that as I live these 5 steps I become a better person, a better friend, sister, teacher, and example to those around. As an 18 year old Im often on social medias where I've made it my goal to share more about my testimony and the amazing gospel I live by. It shows Im not ashamed of who I am and that Im confident with my testimony. As the primary song Jesus Wants me For a Sunbeam says. "Jesus wants me for a sunbeam,To shine for him each day; In ev’ry way try to please him, At home, at school, at play." No matter where Im at or who Im with IM proud to be a Mormon! ask me to share my testimony, I WILL!

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Vanessa Torres
A family Is the Heart to our Heavenly Fathers great plan! We believe that families can be together forever. When we are sealed in the temple we are sealed to each other for time and all eternity. Usually you are sealed as a couple and then your children are born into that covenant, or If your whole family is new to the gospel and are ready to enter the temple, then all members go into the temple to be sealed. As a woman one of our greatest blessings is to be a mother in Zion, to raise our children in truth and righteousness. It is almost like a chain. Couple Is Sealed become parents teach their childrenchildren gain their own testimony they get sealed to their eternal companion and so on. It's a beautiful plan, and even though my family isn't perfect Im glad to know i will be with them for eternity and one day i'll have a family of my own that will be together forever. Show more Show less