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Hi I'm Teri!

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married almost 25 years to my best friend and we have three wonderful children. We just recently welcomed our first grandchild into our family too! A little girl. I was a professional Travel Agent before marriage, and I love to travel. I also love oil painting, playing the piano, swimming, reading, learning new things, and I love spending time with my family and friends. I love being LDS and count it among my greatest blessings, along with my family. My faith and religion has brought peace and joy into my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, so it wasn't until I got older that I really had a choice in whether or not I wanted to remain a Mormon. The day came that I made that choice and I chose to remain a Mormon. I guess as I look back over my life, I have seen the influence of this faith and religion in my life and I have seen the good hope it brings, and the principles ethics it teaches, and the peace and joy that come into my heart when I live according to the teachings of this faith. But more than any of that, I chose to remain in the Church because when I prayed whether or not this Church was truly the Lord's, and if Joseph Smith had truly been a prophet of God and had honestly seen a vision of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and when I asked if the Book of Mormon had truly been inspired to be written by God, I received a direct answer from God that it was all true. I cannot describe how I knew it was an affirmative answer from God because words are lacking. But I can say that every fiber of my spirit was "on fire" and I felt the most tremendous peace, love, and joy infuse every fiber of my being, giving me a warmth and excitement that I knew at that moment could only come from God. I am so thankful for that! And that is why I am a Latter-day Saint, or "Mormon".

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily by the small day-to-day acts and thoughts. The older I get, the more I come to realize that the small things are truly the most important. When I try to put the Savior first in my life by praying, studying the scriptures and pondering what I learn through the Spirit, that is when I feel the happiest and most at peace. The Savior said that by our fruits we shall be known, and I want to be known as a follower of Jesus Christ. Therefore I try to live my life as best as I can to reflect Him in all I do.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Heavenly Father is the source of all truth, and He has given us the Holy Ghost to "bear witness"or "deliver" those truths to us. If you want to know if the LDS church is true, we follow a very simple path. Yet it must be a most sincere, humble, and honest path of seeking truth. We study out the matter in our mind, and read and learn as much as we can. Then we take it to Him in prayer. During and after the prayer, we must listen with our heart and mind. Each of us is different, and while some of us may receive answers right away, and others may take weeks or months to receive answers, nevertheless answers will assuredly come. We must also keep in mind that we must be willing to accept whatever answer He gives us. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not for the faint hearted. Once we accept the answer, then we must continue to follow the Lord's commands and be faithful to the truth that we have received. I bear my testimony that Mormonism is true. I have gone to Father in Heaven and asked for the gift of knowing for myself whether or not this Church is true. He blessed me with an amazing knowledge of this truth in my mind and heart and in a way that could never have come from another human, nor a human mind. And because it is filled with peace (something that the adversary is not allowed to replicate) I know it is not from the "wrong side", but from God. This truth is etched into my very soul, and I am more grateful for this knowledge than any other thing in this world. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

There are several things that tell me there is a God. I think one of the most popular things that people use to identify the existence of God is nature, from the stars to the embryo in the womb. I love nature, and I cannot look upon it without seeing organization, purpose, and design in it. For me, to believe that it all just came about by accident is no different than saying that if I spill a tub of ink on some paper it will magically turn out to be a dictionary every single time. That just isn't possible. But I think that one of the biggest things that tells me there is a God is the evidence of it in my personal life. One example: Over 30 yrs ago I received a special blessing from a Priesthood holder whom I had never known nor met before in my life, and I prayed and fasted that whole day, because I had some very specific questions I hoped the Lord would answer for me. I had not shared those questions with anyone in my life up to that point. Within the first few minutes of that blessing, every single question was answered, and the Spirit was so palpable in the room that I actually opened my eyes while being given the blessing to see if the Lord was standing there. That caught me off guard, as I was not expecting that. Though I saw no one there, I could feel the Lord's presence and love for me, and all I could do was cry. I *knew* God was real at very moment. I felt His presence. He answered my secret prayers. By now, most of those answers have come true. I know God exists! Show more Show less