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Hi I'm Teri

I am a daughter, wife, mother, teacher, and friend. I find great joy in my those roles. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for almost 6 years now. I am a mother of two toddlers. I am privileged to be able to stay at home with them and raise them.

Why I am a Mormon

Honestly, I could not imagine being anything else. I was raised in the Church. When I left home to attend college, serve a mission and attend graduate school, my testimony was confirmed. I had moments when I questioned if what I believed really is true. During those times, I searched the scriptures and prayed. I have received a testimony of my own that they are. I remember a specific time as I was preparing to serve a mission I was taking a missionary preparation course. One of our assignments was to go home and practice teaching the account of the First Vision, when Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ. We could either practice with someone or practice in a mirror. I pulled a chair up to the full length mirror and began. As I started to read Joseph Smith's account of the First Vision, the part where Heavenly Father and Christ appear to him, I could not continue. I felt the witness of the Holy Ghost so strongly that what I was reading was true. I felt that same witness the rest of my mission each time I recounted the events of the First Vision. I know that Joseph Smith saw and spoke with our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon, like the Bible, it is sacred scripture. I know that I can be with my family forever. I know the impact the gospel has had on my life and on my husband's life and the choices we make and the blessings we receive. I am seeing those blessings in the lives of my children as we teach them about Christ and the gospel. I am a Mormon because I cannot imagine being anything else. I cannot imagine finding this much peace, joy, strength and comfort anywhere else.

How I live my faith

I teach my little ones about the gospel. At the moment it is mostly through the songs that the church has for children. We listen to them in the car and sing them at night before bed. I read my scriptures and try to find time several times a day to pray to my Father in Heaven in grattitude and for guidance. I currently serve in the Primary organization of the church. Primary is for children 3-11 years of age. What a blessing it is to work with these children. I often find that as I prepare lessons and activities that will teach them the gospel, I learn and my beliefs are strengthened. I have also learned from the pure faith of the children I work with. They do not doubt that they have a Father in Heaven who loves them, they know that Christ is real and the He has provided a way for them to return to Father in Heaven and to be with their families forever. They know that the Book of Mormon is true. As I work with them, I understand more and more why Christ instructed us to become as little children.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes and yes. I can be with my family forever. I find so much comfort in this belief and doctrine. I know that death is not the end. It does not make sense to me that love, family, and those special relationships would end with death. As I have married and started my family, this belief has been reinforced. I know that my family can be together forever, that our relationships do continue beyond this life. The more I experience love and the joy of family in this life, the more sure I become that eternal families are a reality. How wonderful it is that we have a loving Father in Heaven who has provided a way for us to be with those we love beyond this life, for eternity. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Yes, Mormons believe men and women are of equality. We are partners. We work together, supporting one another. Although our roles may be different, they are of equal importance, especially when it comes to raising a family. I am so grateful for a loving husband who supports me as a wife and mother and truly treats me as his partner. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Although I have been a member of the Church for my entire life, I think "being a Mormon" is probably similar to being a committed member of many other faiths. I think the main difference is the assurance/testimony I have that I know who I am, where I came from, why I am here, and what is after this life. I know that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me. He provided me with a body to experience this life and the joy and sorrows that come with it. He has provided me with opportunities to build loving relationships with my many loved ones here in this life. And, He has mad it possible that I can continue those relationships beyond this life. I truly believe that even though we may experience sorrows in life, we know that our Heavenly Father has a great desire for us to be happy. Show more Show less