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Hi I'm Terry

About Me

I am a husband (38 years and counting), father of three (all out on their own) and currently working until retirement, hopefully in 10 years. Trying to keep an active mind and an active body as I am working on learning new skills including watercoloring and cooking (trying my hand at being a renaisannce person). My wife and I walk outdoors and talk six days a week for about 80+ minutes (starting at 5 am) with an extra 30 minutes spent on an exercise machine 4-5 times a week. Actually returned to a community college to pick up more what I didn't get the first time in college.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized while I was on active military duty and had the blessing of being helped by members of Church (in particular, a great women who became my wife) and I can feel the love of my Heavenly Father by the Atoning Sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. I have come to realize that all that I have loved, experienced, and learned in the life has eternal value to me because my Savior has defeated death and all that would have been lost had it not been for His redemption and resurrection. I love the Scriptures that Heavenly Father has provided for us (particularly the Book of Mormon), a Prophet in these the latter days with wise Brethren who have helped me live a happier life.

How I live my faith

Quiet persistence. I appreciate the opportunity to work with members of the Church as I have been a Bishop twice and currently serving as a Branch President to a smaller congregation of Hmong immigrants and their children. I am also a grandchild of immigrants (Swedish) and I feel close to the concerns and problems of people coming to America as I am so grateful for the rich blessing that I have been given in this country.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Terry
Modesty and chastity are outward expressions of the inner beliefs we hold about our own individual worth. Teach a child that first they are of divine origin and have such great individual worth that they do not need the approval or acceptance of what is considered to be popular or trendy. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Terry
I place my faith in what is real and lasting, the love of my Heavenly Father who has provided a Savior, the gifts of the Spirit, and so many wonderful people and this great earth. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Terry
To me my testimony is a quiet warmth of secure happiness that I know has been revealed to me by the Holy Spirit and from the love of my Heavenly Father Show more Show less