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Hi I'm Terrol

I'm an outdoorsman. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of eight children, ages 19 to 1. I love to be outdoors much as possible--backpacking, hiking, camping. I have a masters degree in American Literature. I love to read--fiction, history, science. I teach the scriptures every day to high school students as my profession.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home and I still practice my faith because it provides answers to the most profound of life's questions. It gives me hope and joy. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as bishop in my congregation, meaning I lead a group of about 375 members of the church. I read the scriptures daily. This year I have a goal to read the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price (all considered scripture by Latter-day Saints) before 2015.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mormons believe we are saved by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What is often confusing to other Christians is Mormons' emphasis on "good works." Sometimes this gives the impression that Mormons believe we are saved by works. The relationship between grace and works in Mormon belief has been described as a ladder out of a deep hole. The hole is our fallen, sinful nature. The ladder was placed there through the atonement of Jesus Christ--it is a free gift, given without our doing anything to "deserve" it, and it represents the Savior's grace. The ladder is the way out, but we must climb it, by obeying the Lord's commandments and ordinances of His gospel. This combination of the free gift of grace and the effort required to utilize that gift is a good description of Mormon belief. Show more Show less