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Hi I'm Terry

I'm a Mormon. I am eternally grateful to Christ for his grace and loving kindness.

About Me

I am a computer programmer. I also love science especially physics and botany. My favorite TV shows are about science and animals. We have a good garden as a hobby and we enjoy the fresh produce. I used to teach a class on edible and medicinal plants of the Rockies and we would go out and munch on weeds and such. My wife and I have 4 children and 10 grands. We visit them or do a web chat as often as we can. I can speak French, from my mission, but also get along in Spanish, Portuguese and German. My ancestors are mostly Portuguese, Jewish, English and German. I love doing family history research and have become quite good at if, if you need some help.   I ride my bike to work and love the outdoors. But most of my spare time is spent doing genealogy and have traced some lines back to the Norman invasion of England.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Idaho. My mom was LDS, but from an early age I had a strong desire to attend church, often without my family. I love to study ancient religious texts and the more I know, the stronger my belief in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. But first and foremost I am a Mormon because the Holy Spirit has witnessed to me many many times that the LDS church is true.

How I live my faith

I teach the 10 year old boys in church on Sunday and am their Boy Scout leader also. My wife and I both serve in the St. Louis Temple. I love to study the scriptures and do so daily along with prayer and try to find others to help and serve.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Many new converts have already been baptized in another church. In Acts chapter 19 we read about a group of people Paul met who had been baptized with John's baptism but had not even heard of the Holy Ghost, so Paul re-baptized them and gave them the gift of the Holy Ghost. We believe that a person must have the proper authority from God to baptize and confer the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The evidence of the validity of Paul's baptism is in Act 196. The evidence of the validity of our baptism is the gift of the Holy Ghost the new converts receive. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

In Acts we learn about the importance of authority to baptize and give the gift of the Holy Ghost from Peter's dealings with Simon the socerer. God's kingdom is a kingdom of order. King David understood this and would not raise his hand against the Lord's anointed, King Saul. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

We help our neighbors as individuals. Some of us serve humanitarian missions in the far reaches of the globe. Most of us contribute to a special fund the LDS church uses to help families in need and those who have experienced personal and regional disasters. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Jesus Christ only ordained men to the priesthood, as did his apostles and other church leaders for hundreds of years. Since we believe in following Christ's teachings and example, we do the same. You don't have to be a man to receive inspiration and revelation from God. The women in the LDS church are usually more spiritual than a lot of the men. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Sometimes we can learn more by what is not said or written than otherwise. For example, when a young, rich man asked Jesus "What shall I do to have eternal life?" Jesus told him to obey the commandments and named a few. The young man responded by proudly saying he had followed the Law from his youth. Jesus responded by telling the young man if he wanted to become perfect to do more works, in this case sell all he had and follow Jesus. Jesus did not say "It is obvious you believe in me, therefore you are saved and don't have to do more." James, Christ's brother, wrote that faith without works is dead. We believe that we are saved by grace, after all that we can do. There are many things, like the resurrection and healing ourselves, that we cannot do by ourselves. These are done only by the grace of God. Show more Show less