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Hi I'm Terry

I grew up in western Washington State. I am a geologist and environmental engineer, have a wonderful family, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of 7 children and 15 grandchildren--all of them awesome! I attribute that to having the Gospel of Christ in our home (and to their incredible mother/grandmother to whom I have been married these past 37 years). Having worked as a geologist for a major oil company, and as an environmental engineer on a U.S. Navy base, I am currently employed as a health, safety and environmental (HSE) manager in the oil and gas industry. My favorite pastime is golf--although I often return with the firm conviction that my golf clubs are going on the auction block. I have served in many volunteer capacities--from tutoring in high schools to being a basketball referee, from organizing blood drives to organizing charity golf tournaments. I love to teach, both in formal and informal capacities (my children know better than to ask me what time it is because I will tell them how to build a watch). Most of all, I love to serve others in the Church and to see their spiritual development. The joy of seeing another embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ is indescribable.

Why I am a Mormon

The kids in my family were raised by great parents that didn't impose any religious demands on us. We were free to choose our own paths. Our Dad took us to the Mormon church weekly (if we wanted to go), would drop us off, then pick us up again when the meetings were over. [Looking back, I understand now why it is so important for families to attend Church together]. Although I attended the Mormon Church from my youth, it was many years before I was converted. That conversion were seldom easy--meaning the sacrifice of worldly popularity and pleasures; but these were replaced by the peace of the Spirit of God (and I can tell you that there is no comparison). Some of my siblings didn't choose that same path, and I think they have had to face severe consequences for their decisions. I love them and ache for them, but each of us has our agency to choose--we just can't choose the consequences of those actions. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the Earth in order to help us become educated in spiritual matters that will help us avoid severe consequences on our path back to a loving Heavenly Father. Many people have given up finding those truths and just consider their personal hardships unavoidable. I am here to tell you that these hardships can be avoided by obedience to the laws and ordinances found in the restored Gospel. It isn't easy, but it is infinitely easier than having to suffer through our ignorant mistakes. A wise church leader once said to me, "You earn a good day." His body was struggling through Parkinson's Disease. Instead of complaining about his infirmities, he sought to earn each good day by pushing himself to the edge of his endurance. I believe that God wants us to be happy, even when we are tested to our limits. The peace supplied by the Spirit of God is a testament to this truth. I have felt that peace and it sustains me.

How I live my faith

Success, to me, is not measured in tasks completed or rewards gained, but in how many opportunities I have to interact with, and lift, others. Life is not a daily struggle because I have long ago made up my mind to live the principles of the Gospel. I don't find myself wondering if I will have personal integrity today, will I be kind or honest or trustworthy--those are core values that are deep within. At the end of the day, I have an assessment with the Lord, repent for my shortcomings, and determine to do better tomorrow. I have had the great blessing of serving in many capacities in the Church, from being a full-time missionary in England, to being a Bishop, a Seminary teacher, a Scout leader, and on and on. The opportunities for lay service in the Church bring us closer to God as we exemplify the charitable acts of the Savior.