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Hi I'm Terry Perrin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a small town in south-central Idaho. I attended the Methodist Church growing up and very involved with Methodist Youth Fellowship group. I knew several Mormons growing up and dated one in high school. My mother attended the Methodist Church, but not on a regular basis. My father did not attend any Church but encouraged me to attend Church. When I was 20 years old, I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, married my high school sweetheart. I taught college for 7 years and then changed occupations to become an independent insurance agent for 35 years. I have helped raise 16 children and now enjoy retirement. We have been blessed with 52 grandchildren. I enjoy activities in the mountains of Idaho like fishing, hunting, gardening and serving in the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up and attending the Methodist Church satisfied my need to associate with kind people but didn't give me a clear answers to questions like: Where did I really come from? What am I really doing here on earth and Where am I really going after I die? Another question I pondered was why are there so many different churches and why are their doctriines so different? After all, isn't their one Lord, one faith and one baptism (Eph. 4:5)? I remember being a participant in a youth rally during my senior year of high school and the theme of the rally was "Why am I a Methodist? The youth leaders had invited 6 ministers from 6 different different Methodist churches in the southern Idaho to serve on a panel to discuss the question and answers questions from the youth attending. The bottom line conclusion from the ministers was "as long as you believe in Jesus Christ you will be saved" by belonging to any Protestant Church. Once you were baptized into any Protestant church you could belong to and be a member of any Protestant church. That answer and others didn't satisfy my desire to find the Lord's Church on the earth so I began to earnestly strive to find answers to my questions. It was then that a girl I had dated in high school asked me to investgate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After studing the book "A Marvelous Work and a Wonder and putting the promise found in the Moroni 10: 3-5 from the Book of Mormon to the test and earnest prayer, I had a confirmation from the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith Jr. was chosen by Heavenly Father to restore His true Church to the earth and bring back the "restitution of all things" as described in Act 3:21. After continued prayer, faith and participation, I have found for sure that the Church has all the saving ordiinances and doctrines necessay for me to successfully meet the Savior. I know that through His grace, after all I can do, I will be able to be with Him again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by personally administering and ministering the doctrines and principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints about 15-20 hours per week. I have worked extensively with the youth and adults in our community. I am involved and trained with the Boy Scout of America. This is a valued centered organization following the teachings of the Savior to help our young people become good adults and assets to our community. I actively work with all ages helping them to live the laws of self-reliance and self-esteem. One such program of the Church is to vist and shephard families helping them to become happier people. Each month I visit with these families to be a true friend and assist them in their temporal and spiritual needs. To live ones faith, they must practice daily what they profess. I excercise faith in Jesus Christ, repent every day and follow the prompting of the Holy Ghost. It is my faith that causes me to pray several times a day, read & study my scriptures, assist members of my community and Church to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I find personal joy practicing the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.