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Hi I'm Tori

I am a social media enthusiast who loves astronomy and art! I am currently serving as a missionary in the Japan Nagoya mission.

About Me

I was born in Seattle, raised in South Dakota, and now live in Florida! All three places are so different from each other but I think it was also a blessing because I was introduced to so many cool different cultures! Aside from those places, I'm now in Japan serving a mission. Both my parents served in Japan as well. They served in the same mission and that's how they met! My mom is from Japan and my dad is American. I have four siblings; I am number two of five. Number three is my little brother who is currently on a mission as well in California! Other three siblings are all girls. I am currently taking a break from university where I was majoring in Humanities and Philosophy. I love art, especially painting where my favorite medium is watercolor painting. I also love drawing and sketching. I've been an avid reader my entire life, reading almost every genre there is. All throughout high school, I was on the varsity debate team, and because of it, developed a love for philosophy and politics, thus my choice in studies. I am half-Japanese and have a love for the culture and history of Japan, even being able to take a year out of high school and attend a high school in Japan. I am about to leave to serve an 18 month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are return missionaries. My mom is a convert and my dads ancestors have been members since a long time ago, but that doesn't necessarily mean a testimony is born with you. It's something I had to grow for myself. There was a very special and sacred moment in my life where I asked if this church was true, if God and Christ were there, did they love me, and to feel that confirmation. It came almost immediately. It felt warm, but not overbearing. It's an indescribable feeling and when I look back on it, I can recognize the feeling of the Holy Ghost telling me the truth. Ever since then, my testimony has been expanding, my trust and faith ever growing, and my knowledge accumulating. I'm a Mormon because I know of the truthfulness of the gospel, because it's a beautiful world we live in, and because there's nothing greater than feeling that peace and love and acceptance.

How I live my faith

I try to live as Christ would live. I have had many hard trials in my life as I'm sure many people have. There was a time when I thought God had left me and that there was no hope. What really helped me is the atonement through all that. Christ suffered for everyone that we could have that burdened lightened. Letting Him take that giant rock of guilt, regret, sadness, and despair was hard, but He took it and now I just have small little rocks that I can kick around. And He wants to do that. He will not complain. He will not be angry. He gets rid of that rock. I want to live as Christ did so I try to help people as much as I can. I can't do very much, but I do what I can whether it be a small thank you note, playing with kids during a church meeting, complimenting someone, anything to make people know that they are indeed loved and important. I try to be an example in everything I do. I have three younger siblings who I want to influence for the better. These are reasons I came on a mission. It's sad to know people don't know of that beautiful and divine love that Christ and God can offer us. Their grace and mercy are eternal, unbounding, and available for everyone. My sacred responsibility is sharing that with people and letting them know of that.