テリ: モルモン.



I am currently serving a humanitarian mission with my best friend, who happens to be my husband, in Osaki-shi Japan. We are here working on projects to help recovery efforts in cities that were destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. We feel very blessed to be here for a very short 8 months, and hope other senior or semi-senior couples, like us, will take the plunge and serve missions. We are grateful to have this opportunity and hope to build relationships and strengthen others through our service. We have 4 children that we raised in Colorado. We have the doctor, the project engineer, the Russian missionary and school teacher, and the beautician! My husband has worked in the enterprise software and IT industry for 27 years and I have been a dental assistant for about 10 years. Everyone should floss! I love my family and enjoy spending time with them. One of our favorite things to do is to watch a rerun of a favorite movie and eat lots of buttered popcorn. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it has blessed my life. I love babies, volleyball, traveling, and golfing with my husband! I love good friends and the positive energy they give me. I hope I do the same for them. Our lives have been enriched by the people we've met along our path.


I have always been a member of the Mormon church. When I was younger, I went to church with my family and enjoyed being with them and my friends at church. As I got into my teen age years, I still enjoyed going to church and trusted and listened to my teachers that would have activities and youth discussions for us. I was one of the few Mormons that attended my high school. Sometimes my friends would try to get me to do drugs with them or smoke a cigarette. It was never a temptation for me because I wanted to live the standards I had set for myself through being a member of the church. I had several spiritual experiences in my teen age years that testified to me that our church was true. I had the goal to be married in the temple and fulfilled that goal in 1980. It was one of my best decisions in life! My husband and I love to go to the temple. We love to travel and have had many opportunities to visit some wonderful places, but the one constant place we can go to find peace, happiness, and a renewed sense of our purpose on this earth, is in the temple. I am a Mormon because of the teachings of this church. I believe that Heavenly Father is real and He lives.I know that He loves me and cares about me on an individual level, just as He cares and loves all His children on this earth. I know that His son Jesus Christ came to this earth to be an example of how we should live our lives. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered for all our sins in Gethsemane. A suffering we cannot begin to comprehend, then was mocked and hung on a cross until his death. He died for us that through his atonement we can be resurrected and have the chance to return to our Heavenly Fathers' presence if we live the right way. The scriptures testify of Christ. The Book of Mormon is another testimony of Christ. I have read this book many times and believe it to be true through asking in prayer and receiving an answer as it asks you to do in Moroni. Being a Mormon brings me happiness.


Before coming on a mission, I was serving in our church as the primary president. The primary is the organization that is responsible for the children from ages 18 months to 11 years old. We have 2 hours of time for our children to have various learning experiences. They spend 1 hour with a teacher, learning lessons about Jesus Christ, life, and the prophets of old. They spend a separate hour learning and singing songs based on themes for the month. We had 100 children in our primary which was a big responsibility, but it was very rewarding to get to know the children and feel of their spirits. Each week I would learn something from them, even though I was doing the teaching! It was apparent they were learning the gospel in their homes as well as at church. I loved being with them and miss being around the children. Most of my married life, I have been with the children or the youth in my church capacities. I have been a leader of the 12-18 year old young women a couple of times and they are so amazing. Again, I learn so much from them. My faith is strengthened through watching their examples of living the gospel standards and standing up for what they believe in. I have always been a visiting teacher, which has allowed me to get to know many sisters in the church and have good gospel discussions with them. I have made many friendships and enjoyed blessings in my own family as we have been blessed by service given to us by visiting teachers. Wherever we go in the church, we have the same organizations which allow us to be uplifted and strengthened by caring members who share the same goals of obeying the commandments and following Christ' s example so that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father some day.