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Hi I'm Tori

I grew up in Utah. I'm a missionary in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Mission. Christ has given me a new start and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

My name is Tori and I am currently serving a full time mission in Oklahoma! I have chosen to come here and give 18 months of my life to the Lord and find those who are ready to learn about him so they can be with their families forever! Ever since I was a kid I've wanted to serve a mission. It started when I was 5 I asked my Dad what a missionary is. He pulled out the Book of Mormon that he studied from on his mission in Colorado. Right then I knew I wanted to serve a mission. I wanted to serve God and his children just like my Dad did. It wasn't a straight shot from there, though. As I got older I started to question my faith. Through Jr. High and the first part of High School I lost my trust in God. I went through trials that made me doubt that He was there. I figured, even if there was a God, he didn't care about me. Later I was diagnosed with depression and I reached a point where I felt life for me had no purpose. Just when I figured it was all over, I found a friend who reached out to me. He encouraged me to get help and reminded me that I am loved by Heavenly Father. Through the help of my best friend and a loving Savior I rediscovered my faith. I am a daughter of God and I have a purpose! I still have depression but I am able to manage it with the help of the Atonement. From there my desire to serve increased. A short time later my best friend and I sent in our mission papers and we both were called to serve here in the Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family but I spent many years with nothing but questions. Who am I? Does it actually matter what I do with my life? Is there a God? If he does exist... Does he really know me? How could he, I'm so small and meaningless next to the vastness of the universe? Am I loved? Early on I thought I knew God, because I was told that I knew him, but in time the worst kind of loneliness ensued. Certain events transpired and the result was a complete doubt of everything I had been taught as a child. Life seemed pretty hopeless. In time however, I had a change of scenes and I started spending time with a new group of friends. Most of the people in this group had one thing in common. They all had their issues, but they were happy. 'Life is miserable how could they be so happy all the time?' I look back now and I know it was because they had a solid sense of their identity as children of a loving Heavenly Father. Finally, at the beginning of my Senior year of high school I decided to follow their examples and for the first time in my life, actually read the Book of Mormon. I had always avoided the task because I struggle with ADHD and reading does not always prove to be easy. I pushed through it anyway because I wanted to finally get my answers. It took me a year... but I got them! I'm a Mormon because, through the Book of Mormon, I have come to know who I am! I know that I am a daughter of God and he does love me! Life is hard but worth it and no matter the darkness of the personal wilderness we face Christ's light is always there for us! (1 Nephi 17:13) All we have to do is follow it by walking the path laid out for us! I'm a Mormon because I know that this is the restored gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ! I know that through it, everyone can lead a happy life and return to live with heavenly father one day! It doesn't promise that it will be easy, but it provides the strength we need to keep moving!

How I live my faith

I do my best to live my faith by paying it forward. Christ has made for me, a sacrifice that can never be repaid, but I can make an attempt at it by helping others find the same joy I've found. I do so by inviting them to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. I invite anyone who reads this and who is searching for a purpose to look here! The answer to any of life's questions can be found in reading and praying about the Book of Mormon! We all have uncertainty and unknowns that we face, and God knows it! He knows it and he has provided a way to gain an all new level of understanding! As you read the Book of Mormon I promise that you will begin to see more clearly who you are and why God loves you. You will come to recognize yourself as a child of God. After all, He is our loving Heavenly Father.

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Tori
The way I've always thought of church is that it is a gathering place where imperfect people meet together to help one another draw closer to heavenly father. As we meet at church each Sunday we are able to partake of the Sacrament, hear members of our congregation speak on how their lives are helped by the gospel, attend classes on particular topics, and draw closer to the Savior and Heavenly Father as we draw support from one another. There are no prerequisites for attending church with us. No matter your faith, background, etc, you are welcome to come learn with us. When we attend the temple it is to perform sacred ordinances that draw us closer to heavenly father and help us in our overall progression in his plan of happiness. It is a sacred place that is very dear to my heart. Because of how sacred it is there are certain steps to be taken before one can enter, some of these being baptism and repentance. Though it is the place on this earth where we are closest to God it is not necessary to be perfect. None of us are perfect but in the temple it helps us become better and more like the Savior. Show more Show less