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Hi I'm Terry

I am a convert to the LDS Church. I joined the Church when I was 18.

About Me

I was born in California, the eldest of 3 sons. I was raised in the states of Idaho and Montana till I reached the age of 19. At the age of 18, I became LDS and a year later, at the age of 19, would leave on a full time mission to Brazil. Following my mission, I would marry a wonderful young woman. I would complete my bachelor's degree at the University of Montana and enter the military where I served active duty for 8 years. During my time with the military, I would obtain an MBA. We would have 6 children before I left the military. Upon leaving the military, I worked as an HR Professional and served in the Army reserves. I now work as a consultant and advise companies on HR processes and on the best approaches to take advantage of SAP software. We currently reside in Utah close to many of our grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a protestant Church and loved the stories of the Old and New Testaments. As child, I learned that God lives and that He loves us. I grew up with a knowledge that there could only be one true path that led us back to God, but I saw many different paths presented by the many churches and preachers that I observed. They spoke in so many conflicting ways - they could not all be right. When I was 14, I had a very serious illness which threatened my life. I promised the Lord that if He would heal me, I would search for His Church, join it, and serve Him for the rest of my life. I was healed of the illness in a miraculous way. I was 3 days from the iron lung and suffering paralysis when I was healed. When I was 17, I encountered the LDS missionaries. I argued with them and with the Sunday School teachers when I attended services. They would ask me to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it was true. They would ask me to pray to know if Joseph Smith, jr. was a true prophet of God. I did not do these things, but would present my points of view from the bible to the them. I sat with 8 different sets of missionaries. I accepted many of their teachings, i.e., I accepted the law of chastity, the law of tithing, the need to not partake of different substances - all these I accepted, but I did not accept the Book of Mormon or the Prophet Joseph Smith. The time came when I told the missionaries good-bye and wished them well. Some 3 weeks later I was driving my car down the road and reflecting on my times with people of the LDS Church and of the things that the missionaries had taught. As I reflected on these things, a voice came into my mind and asked the following question, "What if they were right?" I was shocked at the question. I had never asked my Heavenly Father to know if they were right, I had simply argued with them from my perspective. I had never prayed about it. As a non member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I had learned for myself that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and they would answer our prayers. But I had not asked to know if what the missionaries taught was correct. I now resolved to ask my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ - were these things true - Was Joseph Smith the Lord's prophet? Was the Book of Mormon true? When I asked these questions, the Spirit whispered to my heart and mind 'yes', and my inner being was warm. WIth this knowledge, I now approached the missionaries and asked to be baptized. When I was being baptized, I again asked my Heavenly Father if what I was doing was right, again I had the burning in the bosom and heard a voice respond, 'yes'. Since that time my life has been blessed. I had the privilege of serving a full time mission in Brazil. I married a wonderful young woman who was also a convert to the Church. We have been blessed with 6 wonderful children and many wonderful grandchildren. I have blessed to serve in many capacities of trust within the Church. Professionally, I am retired from the military as an officer, am an HR Professional who consults in the IT industry to improve business processes. The Lord's hand has been over me. As life been a piece of cake? No, similar to the lives of Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph of old - there have been many challenges presented before us. But, with the blessings of our Heavenly Father, we have overcome the challenges and grown because of them. Were these one time spiritual experiences? No, over the years, the Lord has continued to teach me by His spirit. As a member of the Church, I received the gift of the Holy Ghost from worthy priesthood holders. Many times I have been guided by that gift and received revelations according to my needs and my desires. Would I recommend this Church to others? Yes, it will bring each person happiness and peace of heart.

How I live my faith

Various roles that I have served in with the Church include Scoutmaster, Bishop, teacher to youth and to adults, various leadership and administrative roles, and just to be a good neighbor and friend.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

The question of polygamy came up a lot when we lived in Pennsylvania. I had friends who thought that our missionaries came to their areas just to baptize young women and take them to Utah to marry them. They thought we still practiced polygamy. I would tell them, 'No, we don't practice polygamy'. They would still think that we did. They knew my wife, our children, and knew that there were no other wives involved, but they would continue to wonder if we practiced polygamy. I would suggest that if you have friends that are mormons, that you visit their homes and learn for yourself that there is just one husband and just one wife in the households. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is different from the Bible in that it addresses a different group of people with the accounts that it provides. It addresses peoples that came to the Americas and established nations, while the Bible addresses peoples who stayed in the mideast. Study of the Book of Mormon will make understanding the bible easier. The Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith using the gift of God. The Bible was translated through repeated languages by men using their best knowledge, and was subjected to various philosophies of men. The Book of Mormon presents the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ very clearly. One of the beauties of the Book of Mormon lies in the fact that an angel presented the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated to Joseph Smith. Joseph would translate the record. The angel then took the plates back. That means there are no gold plates for scholars to review today to wonder if Joseph translated them correctly rather there is a singular promise in the Book of Mormon that states IF a person wants to know if the record is of God, they must read it and ask God to know if it is true, and if they are sincere in their approach, THEN God will provide them an answer by means of the Holy Ghost. I did that and I received a personal revelation that the Book of Mormon is true and of God. What better way witness can a person have than to receive a personal revelation from God? Try it, you will like it. Show more Show less