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Hi I'm Teresa Renee

I am happily married for more than 31 years, a mother of four, an active volunteer, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four (one on a mission for our church, one in high school doing dual credits at our local college, one preparing to join the USAF as an officer candidate and one married and working full-time). I went back to school a few years ago and got my teaching credentials and a masters degree. I enjoy reading, walking my dog, and crocheting. In our family, we enjoying working and playing together. :-) I am active in my local chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), a literacy volunteer, and our ward's compassionate service and visiting teaching coordinator.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? I remember a sister in my first ward asked me how I felt about being a Mormon... It kind of took me aback because I had not been baptized to be a Mormon... Rather I had accepted the fullness of the gospel - kind of like opening a gift from God.... I knew this was Christ's Church restored to the earth. God didn't tell me that I had to join, but rather He confirmed that it was true (and continues to do so with greater depth) and allowed me to choose whether or not to accept baptism. After a few years, I went and made covenants in the temple... Worshipping God in the temple is a treasured opportunity for me. I can leave the world for a little while and be renewed as I worship and do work for those that have passed through this world without the opportunity of making these sacred promises. I am a different person for having made the decision to be baptized and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I still have a long way to go, but have come a long way, too, in becoming more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am a better wife and mother; a better teacher and community member; a better American and volunteer.... I know that God used Joseph Smith to translate the Book of Mormon and restore Christ's church to the earth, along with so much more. I know that we have living prophets on the earth today that can help us make sense of this world and what God expects of us today. I know God loves us and has a plan for us to be happy and make it back into his presence. :-) My testimony is the anchor that keeps me steadfast through all of life's trials.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving in my ward in various callings. Knowing that I depend on God to fulfill these assignments is noteworthy. I also visit several other ladies with my partner, though many of the "visits" are via the telephone, email and letters. Since I was baptized 23 years ago, I've served in many capacities (callings). Being able to serve is such a blessing and I feel the hand of the Lord helping me as I serve. I am also recognized among my friends and associates as one who lives her faith by reaching out in caring to others and helping worthy causes. I often find myself telling others that I will pray in specific ways for them. Comfort and joy has returned to me when many of these same people return and tell me that they will pray for me when I have challenges.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Teresa Renee
Many can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost, but having the gift of the Holy Ghost gives one the right to constanct companionship as long as we remain worthy. This is gift that needs to be developed, too. I know I've felt God trying to help me develop this gift more deeply. We know the Holy Ghost has many roles, like Comforter, Teacher, Confirming Truth, etc. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Teresa Renee
Not everyone will have or has had the opportunity to be baptized while living on Earth. This ordinance still must be performed on Earth for the deceased to enter the Celestial Kingdom where God lives. We do this as a service for the deceased. They still get to choose whether or not to accept the work. I know I've felt the joy of many that I have been able to act as proxy. It is a blessed experience. :-) Jesus was baptized even though he was without sin. (see Matthew 3:13-17; 2 Nephi 31:5-12) His example of being baptized shows how important this ordinance is. The proxy baptisms that we do does not add the deceased to our Church membership. We do this as a service to the dead to allow them to choose whether or not they will accept the ordinance work and obey what is required by God. In 1 Corinthians 15:29, we find evidence that baptisms for the dead were done in New Testament times of Apostel Paul. Show more Show less