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Hi I'm Joel Terry

I grew up in a small town in New England, but in a large family with four brothers and five sisters. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the Mormon Church in my senior year at college where I earned a degree in Electrical Engineering. After college, I served six years in the US Navy as an officer on Nuclear Powered Submarines. I then joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation's Nuclear Service Division where I worked for twenty one years. I earned my Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1987 and began the transition in my professional life from an engineering focus to a financial management focus. I am now an owner, vice president, and Chief Financial Officer of an engineering firm with over 70 employees. I have been married for forty years and have three children and seven grandchildren. All three of my children served missions for the Mormon Church, two or them learning a foreign language while doing so. These missions proved to be incredibly positive life changing experiences for each of my children with amazing growth in maturity and focus on the things that are important for success in life. The letters we shared while they were serving also enhanced our personal relationship and increased our bonds of love. My wife and I are now preparing to go on a senior mission for the Mormon Church, and although we feel some anxiety, we fully expect that it will be just as positive a life experience for us as it was for our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a very active member of another church, but as I was completing high school, I began to question several points of doctrine in this church. I began a process of looking at other churches by following a not very scientific approach. Basically, i investigated the church of every girl I dated. I never dated a Mormon and did not find a church by this process that satisfied my need for sound doctrine that was fully comprehensive. I met my first Mormon in the Navy and he arranged to have some Mormon missionaries stop by my apartment. I met with them for several hours every week for four months and they provided me with the solid doctrine of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that fully answered all my questions and satisfied my need for comprehensive, sound doctrine. I have now lived the Mormon life for forty four years and am more certain and satisfied today than I was when I initially joined the church. Additionally, I can look back over the last forty-four years and see how much happiness and joy living this life has brought to me and my family. I know from my own experience that the Mormon Church is the true church of Jesus Christ and I intend to live the rest of my life as a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have been a very active member of the church for over forty years and in that time have held almost every position in a ward, or the local organization of the church. This has provided me with great opportunities to serve in many different capacities, including such roles as Scoutmaster, Sunday School teacher, Men's group leader, and Counselor to the Bishop. My wife and I regularly assist the church in serving meals to homeless people at a local homeless shelter, organize and participate in church sponsored assistance to families in need and larger efforts associated with natural disasters, and more routine things like assisting with cleaning the church building for Sunday services.