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Hi I'm Tori

I'm a student at BYU. I love reading, dancing, hiking, eating, and teaching. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm so excited to serve an 18 month mission in the Dominican Republic! I can't wait to learn Spanish and get to know the people from that beautiful land. After I get back, I'll be a senior at BYU. I'm working towards becoming an elementary teacher because I love all things children, especially children's literature. I grew up in California where I was raised on the fresh produce and trips to the Sierra Nevada, Pacific coast, and Disneyland. My family now lives on the island of Oahu, Hawaii where we hike, jump from waterfalls, and play driftwood in the waves. Oh, and I dare you to find a bigger Harry Potter nerd.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love God my father and I love Jesus my Savior. I just want to follow them. I have received a testimony that this is their church. This is the way to them and that's exactly where I want to be. I'm a Mormon because I have felt the peace, safety, and fulfillment that keeping God's commandments has given my life. I have witnessed the blessings that the gospel gives to my family, bringing us closer and providing the hope of being together eternally. I'm a Mormon because the Book of Mormon brings me closer to God, I hear His voice through the verses and have received answers to my persona needs. I know that it is the word of God, translated by His power through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that same power restored His church. He is leading it, being a part of it allows Him to lead me.

How I live my faith

Have you ever loved something so much that you just wanted to share it with everyone? An amazing book you want to lend to your friends, a movie you're dying to recommend, a restaurant you can't wait to take your family to? That's how I feel about the gospel of Jesus Christ and I'm going to spend all day every day for the next 18 months sharing it with the people in the Dominican Republic. As a college student in a world of drinking, partying, and experimenting with all the world has to offer, I am so glad to have high standards to hold myself to. I don't set aside my religion for society. I strive to be an example of loving God more than man. I

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is like living. You work, you succeed, you fail, you laugh, you cry, you have fun, you study hard, you make friends, you raise kids, you enjoy the feel of sand in between your toes just like any other person on this planet. The difference is that you have the knowledge and assurance that all of life's trials and experiences are for the purpose of returning to God again and being more like Him. It's different in that you know the family relationships you're striving to build won't end with death. It's different because you have a general path to follow and general guidelines to get you there. You have the freedom of knowing what God would have you do. We spend a lot of time serving others because we know it is serving God and also contributes to our personal happiness. We spend countless hours studying the scriptures and words of the prophets as well as praying and teaching because we want to be close to God. We live a higher law of morality and standards because we know that we are children of God with divine potential. We love the Lord and love life, even though its hard. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

When Christ ministered on the earth, He made it clear that men can't enter the Kingdom of Heaven without baptism. Christ also made it clear that He loves His people, and that God is no respecter of persons. He loves His children to much to condemn them for circumstances beyond their control. He allows the members of His church to perform the ordinances for those who have passed without the chance. In the next life, those people then have the choice of whether they want to accept the ordinance. In addition to helping the dead, it gives members of the church the opportunity to remember the baptismal covenants they have made and to feel the joy of serving in God's holy temple. It's a win win! Show more Show less