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Hi I'm Terri

I'm a Mormon, a mom, a math tutor, a piano teacher, and an electrical engineer.

About Me

I am the 2nd of 6 children so I grew up in a loud, busy home. My parents gave me the opportunity to learn music and that has become an important part of my life. I teach piano lessons, accompany musical numbers at Church meetings, and sing in our congregation's choir. My parents also loved learning and instilled in each child a desire to be educated. College was an amazing experience where my knowledge and confidence grew without bounds. I received a degree in electrical engineering. During college I also married and then started a family. Although I finished college, I only worked a short time in my field before choosing to stay home with my children. It has been one of the best choices I've ever made. When my children were very young, I did miss the intellectual pursuits of my youth, but I have never regretted knowing that when my children return from school, they come home to a house where mom is waiting to hear about their day. While I do not work full time in my field, I do not feel my education was wasted. I use it to help my own children and I also work part-time now that my children are all in school in the local schools as a tutor. In my spare time, I love reading. Books are an escape and a fount of knowledge that enrich my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon, but that didn't make it automatic to stay a Mormon. I was raised by parents who taught me to love Jesus and try to serve Him. I never felt "indoctrinated" or forced to stay a Mormon. Instead, my parents and others in the Church showed me great examples of service and commitment to His gospel. As I grew, I learned to better understand the Spirit and as I did so, I also became committed to the gospel. I have no earth-shattering story to relate of my conversion. Instead, my deep commitment and conversion to the Gospel has come day by day, a little at a time as I have kept commandments and lived the Gospel. As I have done so, I am able to feel His Spirit with me and KNOW the Church is true. It strengthens me during dark times. I've known death and other deep disappointments. Close grandparents and an older brother have all passed from this life. The passing of a loved one is a difficult time, but I have been renewed and strengthened by my faith in life after death. I feel a strong confirmation of the Spirit witness that we will be together again after death. When I am faced with other challenges, the Gospel strengthens me. God does not take away the trial, but the teachings of the Church help me to pass through ordeals with peace.

How I live my faith

Most of my adult life, I have spent working with and serving the youth of our church. I love to be around them. They are full of potential and promise and give me hope for the future. As a youth, I was shy, awkward, and had deep feelings of insecurity. Adult youth leaders loved and supported me during this time and I love having the chance to do the same for this generation of youth. Recently, I went with a group of 200 girls to camp where we spent a week stretching ourselves both physically and spiritually while enjoying the beauty of nature. During the school year, I get up super early each morning to teach a religious education class. The youth arrive at 6:15 am and we spend an hour immersed in the scriptures before they head off to high school. It helps us begin our day with a strong foundation and even though it is a sacrifice, we are amply rewarded by the Spirit we feel as we learn and study together. As I serve in the church, I feel a purpose to my life.