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Hi I'm Terry

I’m an information technology professional, husband, father, grandfather and Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I married in 1978. We have four smart and beautiful daughters and twelve wonderful and cute granchildren. I've been working with computers since the early 1970s. I got started in computers at the university, I've programmed, managed, and administered computers and staff. Currently, I primarily work with SQL Server databases. I enjoy photography, music, astronomy, sports and classic movies.

Why I am a Mormon

Many generations of my family have been Mormons. Some of my ancestors were among the earliest converts in the 1830s. Despite this long history, my parents were not regular church attenders. My brothers and I had only occasional gospel teaching. I attended church somewhat regularly during my teen years but didn't have strong faith. I went away to college. For two years, I didn't attend church but certain Church teachings guided my life and kept me from drugs, alcohol and sexual promiscuity that abounded at the university. In my junior year, I received a call from my mother. She and my father had gained faith and now were attending church regularly. She invited me to go to the LDS temple to be sealed to her and my father. This sealing is special ordinance that binds families eternally. I told my mother that I couldn’t go with them. I said, “If the church is true, I’m not ready to go to the temple. If it’s not true, I don’t want to go.” That broke my mother’s heart. After that phone call, I determined to discover whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. The first step was to read the Book of Mormon. As I read the Book of Mormon, I prayed. I asked God if the book was true. God answered unmistakably that it was. The Holy Spirit bore witness to me of the truth so powerfully that I still remember the incident. The Spirit bore testimony that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, the Redeemer and Savior of mankind. It also testified that Joseph Smith was God’s chosen and anointed prophet, called to translate the Book of Mormon and restore the church of Christ to the earth. The Holy Spirit continues to testify to my soul that this Church and gospel are true. Membership in the Church has blessed my life in countless ways. Most importantly, it has helped me to know my Savior, Jesus Christ and to exercise faith in Him and his Atonement. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One of the blessings of being a Mormon is the opportunity to serve others in significant ways. My first opportunity came when I served as a missionary where I was able to share the gospel and help others find truth and experience joy. I've had many opportunities to teach the gospel at home, in church and in other settings. I've especially enjoyed teaching youth, working with Scouts and coaching sports teams in our congregation. Perhaps, the most life changing calling I had was to serve as the Bishop of our ward or congregation. As a lay leader of the ward, I taught, counseled, helped those with temporal and spiritual needs. Of course, I had a lot of help from counselors, ward members and Our Heavenly Father. I was grateful to be an instrument in God’s hands to assist others in their journey.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Terry
God chooses the Mormon prophet. Like all of God's anointed, a prophet is called by revelation and ordained by Priesthood authority. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Terry
We believe we are saved by grace. The scriptures teach us that salvation comes only in and through Jesus Christ. A book of Mormon prophet Lehi taught his son, "Wherefore, I know that thou art redeemed, because of the righteousness of thy Redeemer." Jesus' righteousness and grace enable us to exercise faith, repent and follow Him. Show more Show less

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

Terry
We believe the Bible is the word of God. It is part of the official canon of Scripture accepted by the Church. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Terry
We come to know Heavenly Father by reading the scriptures, praying and meditating. The Holy Spirit will reveal God to us and testify of Him. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Terry
Priesthood is God's power. He grants men the opportunity to exercise that power to bless His children. Show more Show less