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Hi I'm Teresa

I'm a Mormon. I'm a Grandma of 14 and a mother of 5 children. I'm retired from Social Services and serving a Senior mission in AL.

About Me

I love to learn new and interesting things about this world. Hence I like to travel and see new places when I can learn. I recently went to Singapore and Bali and learned about life there. I am an amatuer photographer and love to take pictures and put them in photo books. I also like to cook, do crafts, go to jazz festivals, read, listen to all kinds of music, and mostly just talk to people. I have 5 grown children who have given me 14 grandchildren that I absolutely love! I worked in Social Work while I lived in CA and retired from that occupation. I enjoy doing community service in various capacities. My favorite was helping with Festival of Trees to help with the homeless program in CA. I very much like to leave people feeling happy and good about themselves. My children say I embarrass them because I just start talking to people in the grocery store, in lines at amusement parks, or whereever we are. I just like to reach out. I also like to sing funny songs and dance although at my age now, I don't dance so well with my 2 knee replacements but at least I am still young at heart! I am still learning new things and see them as a challenge. I still feel that there is much for me to learn, do, and see in this world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon community but my parents were not active. My Dad was not a member and my Mom went sometimes. I watched how Mormon kids acted and their values and saw that they were happy. I was naturally attracted to them and started participating in their activities when I was young like sports, music, and social events. As I grew up, I just felt it was true and was baptized and continued to go to church many times by myself. I had a good family life but going to church made me feel better about myself and where I was going. In times of trouble or stress, I could pray and feel the answers and peace that came. The church became more important to me as I grew older. I had values that were important. When I married, it was to a man from PA who was in the Navy that I met as a penpal thru a college roommate. He was a convert and we were married in the temple. No matter where we were stationed, we always found the LDS church and had an instant family and support group. I learned how to be a good Mom and homemaker thru going to Relief Society. I use those skills to this day even things like being able to cut my husband's hair for 40 years that I learned as a young bride. To begin to list all that I have learned in physical skills would take more than this page. Spiritually, I know who I am and where I came from and where I am going. It gives me direction, solace, happiness, peace, and a surety that I am a valuable daughter of my Heavenly Father and have a purpose here on earth.

How I live my faith

I have always participated in whatever I was asked to do and that has included teaching children, youth, and adults. Since I like to talk and engage people, that has made me a fairly good teacher as I have learned how to be a better thru the years. I especially liked working with the young women and doing activities with them from going to camp, to talent shows, to teaching them homemaking skills like cooking. I loved serving the mothers of the ward I was in as we all need support when we are raising children. Doing service when needed was always a fulfillment that gave me joy and happiness. I loved and excelled at planning activites for the ward with my goal of reaching out to people and bringing them to church to feel the spirit. I helped with Festival of Trees for several years in my CA community as we raised money for the Homeless program. I try to be an example of what is good especially in my line of social work. There were so many people I came in contact with that did not know who they were or that they had a loving Heavenly Father. Giving people hope for a better life has always been what I try to do. When I retired, we moved to Utah to be closer to our children and grandchildren. We decided that we wanted to give back to the Lord for all he has blessed us with in our lives. Today we are happily serving a Senior mission in Alabama. This has brought us closer together as a couple and given us great joy as we teach and reach out to people to give them the message of the gospel and its truth. Even here in the Bible belt, it has been a time of helping people to have hope. We are already talking about serving a second mission.