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.
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can reply that I know many people, some of them close friends and family, that were also born into the church, but are no longer active members of the church today.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.