Hi I'm Terrol
I am the father of eight children, ages 19 to 1. I love to be outdoors much as possible--backpacking, hiking, camping. I have a masters degree in American Literature. I love to read--fiction, history, science. I teach the scriptures every day to high school students as my profession.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in a Mormon home and I still practice my faith because it provides answers to the most profound of life's questions. It gives me hope and joy. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
My testimony of God and His plan is inextricably tied to my love for the amazing world around me. The first time I recall receiving a strong personal witness of the reality of a loving Heavenly Father was on a mountaintop near my home. I was twelve years old and I hiked the near-12,000 ft. mountain peak with my scout group. When I reached the summit I separated myself a little from the group of rowdy boys and looked around me. I could see so much--cities, lakes, rivers, other mountains, forests. I had such a strong feeling that my Heavenly Father loved me, and all His children, to create this amazing world for us. I knew He lived and loved me in a more powerful way than I had ever known before. Since that day I have had many similar experiences in the outdoors. Perhaps because He uses a "still, small voice," being outside and away from cities and crowds allows me to feel the presence of God in a way that is hard to achieve anywhere else.
How I live my faith
I currently serve as bishop in my congregation, meaning I lead a group of about 375 members of the church. I read the scriptures daily. This year I have a goal to read the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price (all considered scripture by Latter-day Saints) before 2015.