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Hi I'm Rory

I grew up in Chicago. I love foreign languages and sharing the gospel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Chicago with one younger brother. I traded humidity and snow for the dry heat and fog of Fresno, where I served a full-time mission (18 months). I have always been fascinated by languages. In high school, I began studying Spanish and in college I continued this passion by taking classes in Spanish, American Sign Language, as well as French. My hopes are to work in dual-immersion programs where children are taught core-curriculum in two-languages (English and Spanish, for example). I would also like to help non-literate Spanish speakers learn to read and write in their native language. In addition, I plan on teaching my children at least one other language besides English, so they can communicate effectively in this ever-shrinking world. I love serving the Lord and helping others find happiness as they come unto Christ. I am grateful for the opportunity to have the gospel in my life and to have a family that loves me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My parents served missions and I just returned from my own. Being a member of this church has blessed my life because I was able to grow up having a perfect knowledge of who I am to my Heavenly Fahter. These days, the world has a lot to say about what really matters in life and what it means to be human. I will forever be grateful for young women leaders who guided me and helped me understand the value that I have in the eyes of God. I am not a magazine ad, as the world sometimes treats me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing the "small and simple things," like reading the scriptures and praying daily. I have discovered that my understanding of who I am and who God is is much greater because I do these seemingly inconsequential things. I know that the blessings I enjoy (good health, happy family, feelings of peace during adversity, etc.) are a result of trying every day to be a little bit better. And I know those blessings can be anyone else's if they decided to live the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is why I decided to serve a full-time mission.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Rory
We believe that our purpose here on earth is to simply go back to our Heavenly Father. We are here to be tested and to learn to be the best we can be; so that we can have eternal life with our families. We are here to go back to that same Being that created us. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Rory
We believe in Christ as our Savior so, yes--yes we are. And I support the following remarks regarding what it means to be a Christian made by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, an apostle: "My thanks to all you wonderful members of the Church-and legions of good people not of our faith-for proving every day of your life that the pure love of Christ never faileth...No one of you is insignificant, in part because you make the gospel of Jesus Christ what it is--a living reminder of His grace and mercy, a private but powerful manifestation in small villages and large cities of the good He did and the life He gave bringing peace and salvation to other people." (November 2010 General Conference Ensign) Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Rory
When many people hear the word "mission," they think of discovering the beautifully simplistic life found in an impoverished 3rd world country. On my mission (Visalia, Fresno, Turlock and Madera, CA), I entered gated communities with enormous homes as well as dimly-lit apartments. I found that the gospel can touch all kinds of families and individuals. Even if you never leave your country or state to serve a mission, the experience offers an enhanced perspective of the world, as you interact with people of various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Says Mark Twain, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Rory
Death is another step. The Book of Mormon explains, "There were many who died, firmly believing that their souls were redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ; thus they went out of the world rejoicing" (Alma 46:39). Believing in God and knowing we have done our best to serve Him is what brings true happiness. Show more Show less