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Hi I'm Teresa

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the church. I was a single mother with three small children. I was brought up to believe in God and my mom taught me about the Savior but we never really went to church all that much. My Mom did teach me how to pray and I in turn taught my children to pray. I have always had a firm belief in God and my Savior but was searching for so much more. Then one day my daughters school friend invited us to her church for a pot luck. Everyone there was very kind and soon the missionaries were teaching us the discussions. At that time I was smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee pretty regularly. The missionaries were wonderful and answered all my questions and asked me to pray about all that I was learning and to ask if it was true. I still remember to this day kneeling next to my bed and asking just that. I had never before felt something quite like that. I knew and could no longer deny the truthfulness of what I was being taught. That next day the missionaries taught me the stop smoking program and helped me rid my home of those things that might hinder my progression (coffee, cigarettes etc.) It truly changed my life. I have now been in the church for more than fifteen years and my life has completely changed. I met a wonderful man and we were married in the Mesa, AZ temple. Together we have five children and a grandaughter. What a mighty change of heart this gospel has brought my family and I.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I joined this church my life seemed somewhat out of control. I had no real direction, failed marriages, and three young children depending on me to guide and direct them. I found that almost impossible as I had no direction myself. I had always been taught about praying and reading my scriptures and I continued to do so. However, I still felt empty somehow, just not complete for some reason. Upon joining the church and wearing the title proudly of being a Mormon I found that peace that comes from having direction, knowing that you have a kind and loving Heavenly Father who is aware of you and your circumstances and never leaves you alone to go about the things of this world. I felt complete for the first time in my life. I had received a sense of purpose and more importantly than that, I felt like I could finally share that direction and love that my children so desperately needed in their lives as well. I knew there was a greater purpose to this life if I but lived the principals of this gospel. This can be a hard world sometimes and a lonely one. This gospel changed all that for me and my children. I knew it didn't mean that I would not still have trials in my life but it helped me understand those trials better and helped me know that I would get through them and wouldn't be alone in overcoming those trials. It helped me understand the love my Heavenly Father and Savior have for me. I also felt a sense of belonging to something much greater than myself. I have such a testimony of this, the true church and it continues to grow as I see the blessings of it in my husbands life and mine and the lives of our children. I was lost but now I am found and it doesn't get much better than that!

How I live my faith

I am a Sunday school teacher for the youth ages 14-18. I love my calling. This age group is wonderful! I think I tend to learn more from them and the preparation of my lessons than they probably learn from me. I have held various callings in the church. Probably my favorite was Young Womens President. It is a blessing for me to see the youth have this wonderful gospel in their lives now while they are young and there is so much going on in the world that can be deceiving. I wish I would have had it when I was there age. I try to be the best possible example I can be. That is sometimes very hard, as we are all human and make mistakes. That is the glorious thing about this gospel though. The Lord understands that and helps us to try and do better everyday. I am far from perfect, but I know through Him I can achieve that someday, not in this world but in the eternities. The way I see it we are all a work in progress. I do find that if I am doing all that I should be doing like going to church, keeping the Sabbath day holy, reading my scriptures, praying, helping others, doing my best at my church calling, etc. then that is all that the Lord is asking of me. To just try and do my best. He isn't expecting perfection in this life, just wants us to strive for it. So that is what I try to do everyday, strive towards it and if I mess up, I ask for forgiveness and try harder the next.