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Hi I'm Terry

I'm a Mormon. I was born in Detroit, MI.

About Me

My name is Terry. When I was 12 years old my friend asked me , as we were playing volley ball, what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answer was that I wanted to be a mother. My dream became a reality in 1968, when my husband and I welcomed our first daughter. By 1978, we had been blessed with six more children. When our youngest child was in Kindergarten, I took a job working in the Migrant Program for our school district. This prompted my desire to return to school and get my degree as a teacher. I had spent one year as a teacher when I found that we were expecting again. So in all, we have eight children. I have taught school for 26 years. I have taught 3rd Grade, Special Education, English Second Language, and 5th Grade. My husband and I have spent over 20 years working with the scouting program. We have received many honors including the Silver Beaver award. I really like being involved in the community and in my childrens' lives. Seven of our children are married to the most wonderful people on the planet, and what is even greater- I am a grandmother to thirty-two grandchildren who are also some of the most beautiful and gorgeous children anyone would possibly want to see.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was twelve years old my family moved to Arizona. The missionaries knocked on our door. We invited them to come in and share their message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We heard the stories of ancient prophets Moses, Abraham and others. I knew and understood the stories of these great men from my earlier attendence at churches before we had left Michigan. When these missionaries introduced the message that today we have prophets that can lead and guide us , my heart was touched and I knew that what they were telling us was true. I knew that our Heavenly Father who loved his people anciently, could not stop loving his children in this day. It was a whispering in my mind and a confirmation that Our Heavenly Father would indeed send us guidance and direction to help us return to him. I chose to be baptised at this time and have been blessed beyond measure through this very important decision.

How I live my faith

Scouting has been a big part of the service that I have been able to give. The standards of scouting helped us as we were raising our boys. They all became Eagle Scouts. I have served as cubmaster, den leader, trainer, Round Table commissioner, Advancement Committee, and just about every leadership position in Scouting. I appreciated the values that Scouting gave to our young men. My husband and I are currently serving in the Manti Utah Temple. I have always been interested in geneology. Currently I am a Family History Consultant. This means that I can assist others in researching and bringing their ancestors together in families. This has been a great blessing in my life as I have learned how to research all the stories that my grandmothers and other family members have shared with me through the years. Doing this work has strengthened our family as we have learned stories about our ancestors sacrifices. I speak Spanish and have always enjoyed visiting and helping the Spanish people in and around our community.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

The Mormon Temples are used to help families be united for Eternity. When there is chaos outside the Temple, there is peace within. We visit the Temples to become closer to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The Temples to me are a place to go for higher education in the gospel. We learn sacred teachings within the Temples. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We believe that the Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We believe that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible is Holy Scripture and that it is a guide and help to us in our lives. Show more Show less