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Hi I'm Terry

I'm actively involved in my kids activities. I'm amazed by the many cultures of the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of 4 wonderful children, and am married to an amazing lady. I try to stay involved with my kids activities: being a coach for my daughter's soccer team, enjoying various scouting activities with my sons, and cooking family meals together. Family time is important to us whether it be cooking together, attending sporting events, annual holiday traditions, and so forth. Every Saturday, either my wife or I enjoy a "date" with one child. This special one-on-one time might be an outdoor activity, enjoying food at a local restaurant (usually sweets), shopping, playing video games, watching a movie, or whatever that child requests within a reasonable budget. I work and associate with individuals from many diverse ethnic backgrounds, often intrigued by their cultures and anxious to try a traditional meal. With a core belief that we are all God's children, I seek to find common understanding primarily due to that eternal perspective.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon provides clarity and perspective, especially during difficult experiences in life. Being a Mormon is living a Christ centered life. Being a Mormon encourages me to improve - learning from life's choices with a firm belief in Eternal Families. What a wonderful gift and promise to have an Eternal Family - available to all who abide by the teaching and ordinances set forth by our Heavenly Father via revelation. Something that amazes me over and over - no matter where in the world, the same doctrines are taught and even the meetings of the church are conducted in the same manner. To me this is a testimony of the divine nature of the church which can cross cultural and geographic boundaries. Each congregation has a diversity of personalities, but we have a commonality in our relationship to our Heavenly Father and adherence to the same Gospel principles. I was born into the church with a family legacy associated to the Mormon faith. That heritage alone is not enough to provide the inner peace and commitment of my faith. Similar to when I left for college and found myself as a struggling college student trying to earn my own place in the world, my spiritual testimony and commitment are my own. As my own children grow and develop, I realize the day will come when they will leave the comfort of home and thrive on their own in this world. I know that the values and teachings of the Mormon faith will provide a solid foundation for them.

How I live my faith

Family is important to me, especially with an eternal perspective. During difficult moments as a parent, I pray to our Heavenly Father for comfort and understanding. Often those prayers are answered with a calming assurance, by kind actions or profound wisdom provided by those about me, or by realization of unexpected blessings. Within our family we've endured various medical trials including spina bifida, ADHD, and depression. Through these trials we have been strengthened by adherence to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and are better enabled to comfort others enduring similar challenges. At home, we strive to have regular family prayer and scripture study. With a young family of 4 children, prayer and scripture time is often short due to attention spans. But it does happen. Even on nights when I am away from home due to business or other travels, I will call home to share that brief moment together as a family. I live my faith by striving to serve others and be more Christ-like everyday. Sometimes my "serving" is supporting my wife, attending to family items while she takes a moment to help with community volunteering or church assignments. Other acts of service include helping neighbors with yard projects, being a coach for my children's various sporting activities, or responding to a request for help from members of our congregation. I am often asked about my faith, and I welcome the questions. During these conversations I learn more about the individual asking the questions. I strive to understand the ethnic and religious diversities with those whom I associate, often intrigued by their cultures and anxious to try a traditional meal. With a core belief that we are all God's children, I seek to find common understanding primarily due to that eternal perspective. Misconceptions are discussed and clarified during these conversations, providing mutual respect and understanding for each other.