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'Bringing Up Bates' Daughter Tori One Step Closer to Marriage: Couple Talks to Parents About Future

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith
Tori Bates and Bobby Smith pose for a selfie, 2016. |

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith sat down with Gil and Kelly Jo and talked about pursuing marriage and Smith moving from Florida to Tennessee.

The Bates clan, which includes parents Gil and Kelly Jo, 19 children and six grandchildren, is getting bigger. The most-recent episode of the reality show highlighted Smith and Tori's budding romance and followed their return from a trip to Florida. Smith flew back to the Bates hometown in Tennessee to look for a place to move to after he finishes college.

"The purpose of this trip originally was to come check things out. I'm trying to see if I'll be able to move to Tennessee. I want to spend time with Tori, so it was a perfect way to come up here and do both," Smith said in a video confessional while sitting next to his love interest. "You know you can't just say, 'Oh, I'm going to come and go to this place' and just find a job once you get here. You've got to actually prepare and think ahead."

"Honestly, it's something that we've been praying about and talking about a lot, you know, because we really want it to work out, and if we don't really do anything toward it, it's not going to work out," Tori added.

During Smith's busy visit in Tennessee, he and Tori sat down with her parents for a serious conversation about their plans to wed after graduating college.

"It was really fun being able to sit down and talk to Dad and Mom about just what was going on and what was in our hearts, what the plans are, what's the future looking like because it made it seem a lot more real," the Bates daughter explained.

"This thing is happening. This thing is going somewhere," Smith added.