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Hi I'm Teresa

I grew up in Washington State. I'm an only child. I'm a college graduate. I'm a single mom of 4 boys. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am single mom of 4 very active boys. I lost my husband in tragic car accident when I was 8 months pregnant with my youngest. Right now, I just started working as a consultant, working remote from my home. With 4 boys, I seem to live and breathe Boy Scouts. I've been in Cub Scouts since I was pregnant with my first child, so the youngest 2 boys were literally born into Scouts, I've been a Webelos Den Leader now for over 3 years. I'm always helping my oldest boys with Scouting Merit Badges. My oldest made Eagle Scout at 13. I play the piano and organ and I've dabbled in several wind instruments. I love to travel and I have been to half of the US states. I want to visit them all someday.

Why I am a Mormon

Some people may say that since I was born into the church that it's an automatic thing that I'm a Mormon. To that, I can reply that I know many people, some of them close friends and family, that were also born into the church, but are no longer active members of the church today. It is important to understand that it is still up to each of us to gain our own testimony of the truthfullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and become truly converted on our own. For me, this was an easy process. My mom has always been an active member of the church and never doubted in her mind that it was true. She set a wonderful example to me by the way she lived her life how the gospel made her happy even though her circumstances were not ideal. My conversion to the gospel came slowly, line upon line, precept on precept, throughout my early life. If I had to point to a single defining moment in my life when I came to truly know for myself whether the church was true, it would have to be while I was at college. Here I was solely on my own, with no one to tell me what to do or how to do it. One day, I had a heartfelt discussion with the Lord on my knees, asking to know for myself if the church was true. My confirmation didn't come as a blinding flash of light or anything like the such, but just a calm, peaceful feeling that what I had been doing and what I was continuing to do in my life, the choices I was making, the path that I was on, were the right ones. It wasn't a huge, significant change in my life, but from that time on, I knew for myself that I was a member of His true church on the earth, and that he knew me, and was pleased with me and what I was doing. I can't imagine a better feeling in the world than that knowledge. Being a Mormon has gotten me through some rough times in my life as well, and I don't think I would have been able to say that without the strength of the gospel in my life.

How I live my faith

I have served others in the church through teaching adults, children, and youth and playing the organ, piano and singing in choirs. I love my current calling with the 10-year-old Webelos Scouts. We get to talk about education, citizenship, families, fitness, sports, science, communications, traveling, and nature. I learn more about each of these things as well as each new group of boys comes into my den. I know these things will help teach them about the wonderful world around us that was created for them by our Savior, Jesus Christ. By increasing our knowledge about this world, we will become better citizens of this world, giving glory to him through our actions, both with the others around us and with ourselves. As a mother, I can more clearly see how our Heavenly Father thinks of us and wants the best for us, just as I want for my boys. How I wish they wouldn't do the things that they do sometimes, but that I still love them. How tasks would get done so much faster and neater if I just did them all myself, but they wouldn't learn what I need them to learn that way. How my Father in Heaven must feel the same way sometimes, watching me struggle with a difficult task, wishing I would just turn to him for advice instead of trying the same thing over and over again without success, just as I watch my boys do the same thing. I know that he is always there for me and I'm trying harder to ask for His help when things get hard because I know that he wants me to be happy and successful, just as I want my children to be happy and successful. Having my boys has been one of the best things that could have happened to help strengthen my understanding of and my relationship to my Father in Heaven. My goal is to live my life so that my boys will know with a certainity, just like I knew as a child, that their mother has faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, that she knows without a doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Teresa
Why did Abraham, Issac, and Jacob practice plural marriage and have more than one wife? Because it was the will of the Lord. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been established on the earth since Adam, and throughout many dispensations of time, plural marriage was practiced according to the will and commandment of the Lord. When the church was restored in modern times, there needed to be a restoration of all things, including plural marriage. This was not done to serve men's carnal lusts but was done to help many women who needed the support of a husband for themselves and their children, since many were left widows. This doctrine was very, very, very difficult for the brethern, including Joseph Smith, to accept. It was one of the great trials that the early church members had to go through. It was not a universal practice. Only persons called by God through the prophet Joseph Smith, and later prophets, were commanded to keep this law. The doctrine of Eternal Marriage was also revealed at this time, and that has been forgotten in the controversy of plural marriage, but I can't think of a more wonderful blessing to have; that the sealing power has been restored to the earth, and that a man and a woman can be sealed together for time and all eternity, that death cannot break these sacred bonds of marriage, and that we will be together as man and wife in the next life and eternities to come. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Teresa
Why can't every person who wants to get into Harvard? Because Harvard has certain standards that make it the superior college of education that it is today. It cannot compromise these high standards to allow everyone in. These standards are set high not to offend people or make Harvard seem secret and mysterious, but instead, are set high to allow those that pass these standards to understand and excel in the special instruction that takes place within the walls of that institution. The Temples of the Lord are similar in their standards. Just like Harvard, inside the temples special instruction takes place, only this instruction is spiritual in nature instead of secular. It is not that every member cannot see or take part in this sacred instruction, it's that only those who have prepared themselves spiritually can truly understand and follow this instruction. Just as Jesus taught in parables so that only those who were ready to understand the deeper meaning behind the parables would be able to hear it, so the Lord only wants those members who are ready to accept and live the principles and instructions taught in the temples to hear them. They are then responsible to live these principles in their lives. The Lord wants everyone, everywhere, to come to the Temple and enjoy the blessings that can be found within its walls, but if Harvard can have such high standards of acceptance, how much more is the Lord justified in his standards of acceptance into His house? Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Teresa
Our bodies are what set us apart from Satan and his followers. Satan was denied a body because of his rebellion. Satan is miserable without a body and would have us degrade and defile our bodies, our precious gift from God, to make us miserable like unto himself. A temple is a house of God, a place where God's presence can be at home and find rest. Our bodies are called temples because we want our bodies to be just that, a place where God's presence can be at home and find rest. When we abuse our bodies and defile them, we have defiled the temple of God and his spirit can no longer dwell within us. We have the power, through the Atonement of Christ, to repent and cleanse our bodies, our temples, so that God's presence can be home once again. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Teresa
Joseph Smith was a young boy, like many others, who had questions about the different and often conflicting doctrines of the many churches in existence today. He decided that the only way to truly know what what right was to ask God. He had the faith and testimony from his youth, being taught by his parents, that if he asked, God would answer his prayers. I'm sure that he had no idea that he would receive a heavenly vision in answer to his prayers. But, he did. God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. In answer to his question of which of all the churches was right, they answered and told him that none of them were right, that they drew near to them with their lips, but that their hearts were far from him. What Joseph Smith discovered in the grove that day changed his life forever. He knew for himself what he had seen and would never, could never deny it. He ended up translating the ancient scriptures known as the Book of Mormon and helped restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it had been in established in past dispensations of time. He was a great prophet, a good man, and a true disciple of Jesus Christ, Show more Show less