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Hi I'm Torie

I study Engineering in New England. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am quite the nerd and a secret hippie. I've been studying materials science with passion for over a year now. I love meteorites! My hobbies include microscopy, hooping, knitting, running around barefoot, laughing especially at puns and nerdy jokes, tie-dying, listening to public radio, walking in the rain, spontaneous dance parties, using oxford commas, and pushing my comfort zone.  

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but it was always very much a choice for me. My dad is not a member and there was always the physical and social option to not attend church. There never really was an emotional or spiritual option though, I knew it was the most important part of my life. When we moved to New England being a member became even more of a choice. I was the only member in my high school, actually several high schools near by. Seminary, a daily scripture class, required getting up at 5 in the morning to go to the church building, half an hour away. I wouldn't have done any of that if I didn't know the church was founded on truth and divine inspiration. I see an imprecise blend of science, beauty, and spirituality in everything around us. To use a quote, "I don't have enough faith to be an atheist." science in all its mystery at the fundamental level, emergence, quantum effects, chaos theory speaks to me of an intelligent creator. The majesty of nature reaffirms to me that creator has the love of a Father for me. He provides me with all that I need. He gives me great gifts, but also teaches me great lessons. That, I think, is the cornerstone of my faith: learning and eternal progression. I can't stand the thought of my knowledge being stagnant. There is so much that I can't understand yet. There is so much that I can become with His help. I've tried a great many things, including trying to live without His help. I know for myself that the only way to become who I want to be, or to have any idea who it is I want to be, is through the Savior and his atonement.

How I live my faith

I life my faith by trying to put spiritual things first in my life. I try to serve those around me and attend my church meetings, even when that problem set or paper is looming over my head. I helped plan things for the young women of my congregation in high school. In addition to Sunday school lessons every week, we would get together every Tuesday night. We would do fun things from sports to service projects, all with the goal of mutual and self improvement.