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Hi I'm Teresa

I'm a stay-at-home mom and a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for 20 years and am the mother of four. I am a stay-at-home mom and five years ago I went back to school part-time to work my college degree in American Studies. I just finished my last classes and will be graduating this summer I love history, travel, golf and reading. I grew up on the West Coast but am raising my family on the East Coast.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a Mormon family I have worked really hard my whole life to gain and strengthen my belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. My belief in the church was came to me in small spiritual moments starting when I was a teenager and then solidified when I served a mission in Santiago Chile over 20 years ago. I have chosen to live my life as an active participant in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it gives me the bigger perspective of God's plan for me that I need to face life's challenges. It gives me guidance and purpose in my life and helps me raise my children in a very challenging world. The closer I live to the principles I learn at church and in the scriptures the more peaceful and safe I feel.

How I live my faith

Living my religion is a daily goal. My efforts sometimes fall short; however, I try to participate in daily prayer and scripture study, to constantly love and care for my family, to teach my children to be educated and contributing members of society, to assist anyone I see who may be in need, to attend church frequently, and to have positive interactions with people I come in contact with on a day to day basis.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward is a geographic area (usually consisting of several hundred church members) that is assigned to a specific church congregation, and is under the direction of one bishop. I stake is several wards that are linked together based on a larger geographic area and are under the direction of a Stake President. A branch is basically the same as a ward but is usually formed in an area where there aren't enough church members to form a ward. These congregations are formed so that church members and leaders can get to know each other, care about each other and help each other both spiritually and temporally. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

In Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness all of His children have special roles and purposes. When Christ was on the earth He organized His church and gave the priesthood to His male disciples to help Him run the affairs of the church. This same priesthood has been restored to the earth today. Although the roles of men and women in the church are different, they share and support each other to fulfill their primary assignments. Women help and support the priesthood by accepting many important assignments in the children (Primary), youth (Young Women) and adult women (Relief Society) and other organizations. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Although we do not worship Joseph Smith we do revere him as a prophet. As a young boy he felt the need to find God's true church. As he prayed and asked for God's guidance he was visited by God and Jesus Christ. He was told that overtime Jesus Christ's true church, over the centuries, had lost many very important truths as well as God's authority. Through Joseph Smith God was able to restore His church in it's fullness and restore the authority to act in his name. As a church member I will always be grateful for the many sacrifices Joseph Smith made in his life to restore Jesus Christ's full gospel back to the earth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We absolutely view the Bible as the word of God. As believers in Christ it would be impossible to fully understand Christ's life and mission if did not use both the Old and New Testaments in our overall gospel study. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jesus is the center of our worship, our gospel study and our lives. We are taught in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon that Jesus Christ suffered for our sins and without this sacrifice there would be no purpose to our lives. Christ, and His sacrifice for us, is the center and most important aspect of Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness. I am so grateful that Jesus Christ gave his life so that I and my family could be given the opportunity to live with our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less