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Hi I'm Terry

I've always been interested in spiritual things. The majesty of the night sky. Did God create all of this? – I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm. We had cows, chickens, horses, sheep and 640 acres of good quality farm land that produced abundantly each year. Of course the abundance was proportionate to the work the family put into it. I was the oldest. My father and I worked side by side, he taught me how to work. About this time, I was probably seventeen or eighteen, I had my first of several life altering experiences. Our water supply for the house came from the river a couple of miles away. The distance necessitated taking the truck with a tank down to the river, filling it up, returning home and draining the water from the tank into the cistern. On this particular trip, as I drove perpendicular toward the river and was about to negotiate a ninety degree turn, a tie rod fell off, making it impossible to turn. The truck and I plunged into the fast flowing river. Fortunately the driver’s window was closed but the passenger’s side window was open. As the truck hit the water on the driver’s side and began to roll away from the river’s bank, I reached for the opposite open window and as I pulled myself toward it, I felt as if someone was lifting me out of the rapidly submerging truck. Suddenly I was out of the truck and jumped to the river bank, which honestly was farther away than I could jump in any track and field meet. I stood by the river for several minutes taking in what had just taken place, I knew in my heart that an Angel had saved my life that day and that God had a work for me to do.

Why I am a Mormon

“O that I were an Angel and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God...” (Alma 29:1, Book of Mormon) proclaimed the Prophet Alma. I am neither a Prophet nor an Angel, but I have a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I boldly declare there is a God in Heaven, He is the Father of our spirits. He loved us and nourished us in our spiritual realm until we were ready to take the next step in our eternal progression, that of coming to earth. Here we are tested to see if we will keep His commandments. Knowing that we would all commit sin and thus disqualify ourselves from returning to His presence, He provided a Savior, even Jesus Christ, to be our Mediator and if we repent and diligently keep His commandments we can re-qualify and come to an at-one-ment with both Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Heavenly Father. The door we must step through in mortality to be a candidate for the cleansing power of the Atonement, is baptism by immersion by proper Priesthood Authority, thus washing away our sins and placing us on the correct path. I further bear testimony the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with its attendant Priesthood Ordinances and Temple Blessings has been restored to the earth in these latter days. I have no doubt whatsoever the God of Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith as a youth and gave him instruction in these matters, including the establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon. That we should have The Book of Mormon available to us at this time is consummate proof of God’s love for His Children. I know with all my heart it is true. I have studied it and prayed to know of its truthfulness and felt the power of the Holy Ghost bearing witness to my very soul.

How I live my faith

Many summers and winters have passed since that day I stood on the river bank. It is quite easy to look back and see how the Lord has blessed my life. The pattern, in my case, is clear. As I pursued my interest in spiritual matters and indeed “feasted upon the word” through regular and conscientious study of the scriptures, followed the counsel of modern day Prophets, prayed and fasted as well as strived to keep the commandments, I grew closer to my Heavenly Father. Growing closer provided me the answers to many of my questions and brought peace of mind and conscience. Whereas, I noticed that “snacking” on the word of God, that is reading the scriptures occasionally, saying my prayers off and on and generally being less than focused on spiritual matters, always led to a feeling of uncertainty, discomfort and an inner longing that, if not corrected, caused me to “drift” into thought patterns and actions that brought unhappiness and sometimes misery, for I knew I was not being all that I could be. The foregoing pattern has served me well. I do not like being miserable, or even uncomfortable and so I can honestly say that I have spent a lot more of my life “feasting” than I have “snacking” and this has allowed me to serve my Heavenly Father in many positions of responsibility in His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hopefully such service has, in some, perhaps even small way, been of benefit to my fellowmen, as we journey together through mortality. However, and without doubt, I have been the greatest benefactor of any service rendered to another. For through that service I have come to understand, in ways too personal to explain here, that “…..when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.” (Mosiah 2:17, Book of Mormon) Such experience has brought me joy, happiness and satisfaction beyond that which words can tell.