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Hi I'm Teresa

I'm an author, the wife of a patient man, and a mother of teenagers. I love words, especially the word of God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a writer at heart. It write to understand life and people around me. I'm a Midwesterner raised in Missouri, but my husband and our three children call Minnesota home. I like to read, write, talk and listen. Words connect me with people, ideas, and my Heavenly Father. Words help me nurture others and my spirit. Sometimes the right words only come when I am quiet but my hands are busy, like when I am planting flowers or cooking with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't sure about my religious path as I prepared to leave my childhood home, even though my parents raised my siblings and me as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Then I read a church magazine article about Jesus Christ, and the doctrine of his atonement filled the deepest parts of my heart. "Is this what the gospel is?" I said to myself, "I want this in my life." I prayed to my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ and for the first time really felt, through the power of the Holy Ghost, that they knew me as an individual and wanted what was best for me. I trust their words. I listen for, seek to understand and act upon the word of God from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the modern day prophets and apostles, and the tailor-made inspiration for me. The doctrines and counsel I receive help me love my Savior more and become a better person.

How I live my faith

My faith motivates my daily life in so many ways. I draw upon my faith in Jesus Christ to teach me to love and care for my family and to overcome the challenges of life. Those challenges are real, for my family and everyone, but faith in God can and does sustain us. More than that, my faith allows me to grow in character and service to others. I share my faith in my writing and through the number of media opportunities available today. In my church responsibilities I volunteer in local public affairs to help build relationships in the community and highlight the stories of other Mormons in our area. I volunteer on the communications committee of our city and help my teens discover places to give back. We've watered flowers at the city center, greeted patrons at the local food bank, and delivered countless meals to friends and family in need.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

We have our successes at home, but as a wife and mother, I also make lots of mistakes. Even though I can visualize the ideal for myself and my family, I'm learning that I don't have to be perfect right this minute. Faith in Jesus Christ helps me to repent of my mistakes, believe that his atonement can pay the debt for my sins, and trust that his grace can turn my weaknesses into strengths. When I act with this faith in my relationships with my husband and children and other family members, I am less frustrated with my own shortcomings and theirs. I see our family as a work in progress under the guiding hand of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less