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Hi I'm Tova

I'm an older sister and a daughter. I love music and play-writing. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm at the point in my life where you realize that you'll need to be independent. When you start to ask questions about credit, housing, insurance, etc. It's been pretty scary, but also very exhilarating. I'm starting to take college classes. I learn best by reading from a physical book/article and then writing about it or making a presentation. Every once in a while (usually when I study Geography) I get excited and do a full-out craft project like making a kimono or a Chinese Lion-Head. I love to teach people what I've learned. A special experience I've had is teaching my younger siblings cultural dances. You should see them doing those African moves! I'd like to earn my living in a very unusual way. Part play-writing part crochet. Yeah, random right? Play-writing is so much fun! I'm a huge fan of Shakespeare (even though I don't always understand him). I love attending plays and acting in plays and even directing plays. Crochet is something I've done since I was about 10. My grandmas both taught me at first. After I mastered the basics I got some books and started to make pretty cool stuff, if I do say so myself. I'm no master, and can't make my own pattern to save my life, but it's still something I really enjoy. One of the biggest influences in my life is music. I love to study with classical music, sing with Broadway music, and party with pop music! My mom gave me piano lessons for years, and I love taking time to relax and play some hymns on the piano.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into an L.D.S. family, I felt the need to become converted personally. I've seen people in my extended family and ward who grew up in the same situation I'm in and have turned away from the gospel or who aren't living it fully. While I have a testimony in many principles of the gospel, there are two areas where I have a firm, steadfast, immovable faith. I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon. It is an inspired book that was translated by the power of God through the Prophet Joseph Smith. It has given me comfort and guidance many times in my life and has been a firm anchor for my faith in many other doctrines in the Church. Because of my early testimony in the Book of Mormon, if I ever had any doubts I could think "Well I know that the Book of Mormon is true, so this must be true." One of my favorite verses is 2 Nephi 4:20-21, when Nephi expresses how much he feels Heavenly Father's love for him. The second foundation of my testimony is Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and especially their love for me. I had a very special experience that helped me gain this testimony. I was thirteen-- super insecure and still learning about how special I was. There was this girl I knew who was almost exactly the same age as I was but seemed to have everything. She was beautiful, liked, had a gorgeous singing voice, and seemed to have great spiritual strength. I thought to myself. "How can I ever be important to anyone when they have her?" I was constantly comparing myself to her. One night, I broke down into tears. Laying in bed, I folded my arms and asked Heavenly Father if I was loved, if I was important to Him. I didn't hear a voice. I didn't see an angel. But my entire being was filled with light and love. It felt like I was receiving a huge hug from my Heavenly Father. I know that this gospel is the great news! Through the principles and doctrines of the gospel I have discovered myself and my faith.

How I live my faith

I'm fairly new in the Church's women's program (known as "Relief Society"). It's been a good experience, though. I can still feel the same Spirit that I felt in the Young Women's program-- it's just a different way of teaching and discussing that I need to get familiar with. I love when I an attend with my mom. Then we can talk about the lesson afterwards and I can share insights that I either hadn't thought of or hadn't had the courage to share. A big part of my faith is service. I recently had the opportunity to go to Ethiopia on a Humanitarian-Education trip with COEEF (Children of Ethiopia Education Fund). We traveled around the capital and southern cities for a week; visiting schools, student's homes, etc. At the schools, we'd give out school kits and hygiene kits to the girls that were sponsored by the program. I was able to continue serving even after this project. My friends and people in my church ward were curious about what it was like in Ethiopia and the things I'd been able to do. I prepared a presentation (I told you I loved them!) with lots of pictures, and was able to share that with others.