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Hi I'm Terry

Mother of five. Small town wife. Scrabble fan. Simple life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my youth I traveled and lived half-way around the world with my Air Force family. I've watched caribou standing in rice paddies in the Philippines, built snowmen in New Jersey, and baked in the sun at the poolside in Arizona. I marvel sometimes how lucky I was to have my path cross that of my future husband at the local college where we met. He is an exceptional father to our five children, and actually would rather be "home" than anywhere else he could be. I’m in the “grandma” season of my life and it’s so much fun! I love to research ancestors, connect with family and friends, and try to find a way to bless someone’s life each day…usually in small ways.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't born into the Mormon church. At a young age, my parents encouraged me to utter a simple prayer verse before bed. I believed that this prayer was heard by someone called God. I did not really know anything about Him, but I felt in my heart that he was real and watching over me. My young mother began searching for a church to raise her children in. At one of the congregations, I attended a Sunday School class for children. The teacher showed me an artist's rendition of a man whose name was Jesus. He looked so kind and loving toward the children that sat before him in the picture. The light of Christ (something we are each born with to help us recognize spiritual truth) witnessed to me in that attic classroom that He was real, and I believed. My father was away from us, stationed at Clark A.F.B. in the Philippines. My mother and I and two younger siblings were living in Wichita, Kansas waiting for housing to come available on base so we could join my Dad overseas. During a Kansas blizzard, two Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints knocked on our door. My mother felt sorry for the frozen missionaries and was hospitable and let them in. One of them was from Pocatello, Idaho which is where my mom had lived for a time and attended high school. Many of her friends in school had been Mormons, so she was comfortable learning what they believed. My dad didn't want her to join a strange church, so she stopped the lessons. A few months later she watched a televised General Conference meeting (large meeting of church leaders and members) and heard President David O. McKay speak. After the meeting she called the missionaries and said, "Fill up the font! For today I have seen a prophet of God." She was baptized and that one decision had a marked impact for good on the lives of her husband and children. I'm so grateful for my Mom leading the way.

How I live my faith

We have been able to raise our family in a small community that has many members of the LDS church, but there are lots of good people of other denominations also. Their wonderful examples of strength, commitment and charity have shaped and molded me as I have attempted to emulate the good that I've seen in them. I try to be a good neighbor and share gifts from my kitchen. I serve in the Church as a visiting teacher to provide watchcare to three wonderful ladies in my neighborhood. I actively participate in the women's organization in the Church (Relief Society) and serve as a leader training others. I volunteer to help whenever I can, wherever I can. I love to read and study the Bible and Book of Mormon. When I do, I marvel at the personal inspiration I receive that guides me in my daily life. I love to go to the temple, we're blessed to live close to one. I work with my husband at keeping our family relationships strong. We try to have Family Home Evening on Monday nights, read the scriptures with our children, pray often as a family and communicate regularly with our married children. We enjoy family reunions and our favorite trips take us to where extended family members are.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Because we believe that everyone is a child of God, Mormons are generally not "exclusive" in their service to others. When we are baptized, we covenant to serve others. We believe that when we are serving others we are also serving God. Our Church provides humanitarian assistance all over the world, most recently after the earthquake in Haiti and now they are sending tons of aid (hygiene kits, blankets, food) to Pakistan. Members freely donate monies and goods to help in great causes. We are also encouraged to volunteer assistance in our local communities and help local charitable organizations. Show more Show less