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Hi I'm Terry

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most important earthly and hopefully heavenly possession that I have is my family. My wife and I have been married for 32 years. We have 5 daughters and soon 7 grandchildren, believe it or not more grandsons than granddaughters! Our life has been one of adventure. After graduating from college , we went to medical school. I was on a military scholarship which helped defray some of the expenses and also allowed our family to have some wonderful experiences. I served in Desert Storm and Somalia. I completed an Emergency Medicine Residency and have had the awesome experience of being in my current location for over 17 years where we see about 50,000 people a year. One of the things I enjoyed doing here was helping to expand the flight team. While living here we have participated in many church callings, scouts, high school activities and have made many friends. In my spare time I enjoy yard work, our garden, and our border collie Scout.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which some may consider an unfair advantage, but one for which I am thankful. To even things up a little my wife is a convert to the church, an event for which I am equally thankful. The Church asks for a lot of sacrifice from its members, in time, service and financial contributions. In my youth I had to decide if I was willing to make this type of commitment to the church. So I applied the test that eventually all people who choose to be active members of the church have to do, which is to gain a testimony that Jesus is the Christ and that the church was restored in latter days through a prophet Joseph Smith. I read the Book of Mormon which is another testament of Jesus Christ given to the ancient people who lived on the American continents. This book was translated by the prophet Joseph Smith. It is a tangible way to read, learn, ponder and pray to find out if this message is true. I received a strong definite witness through the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true. Since then I have served a mission, been married in the temple , and with my wife and family been active members of the church. We have had our share of trials and tests as all people do, but so far my testimony is still firm. The blessings that I have received are way beyond anything I could have hoped for, especially the blessing of an eternal family. I know that I must continue to live what I know to be true. If I do, the blessings that await me and my family are spectacular.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being an example both in church and non church settings. Some of the callings that I currently have are that of a hometeacher and a member of the stake presidency. In these callings I visit families regularly and teach them gospel principles, and try to help with special needs as they arise. In the stake presidency I help oversee multiple congregations by traveling to visit them frequently and by training the local unit leaders. Until recently I served as a Bishop (like a pastor) over one of these local congregations. In my family we try to live the gospel by having prayers, reading scriptures and family home evening which is not always easy with teenagers. We also contribute financially by tithing and fast offering funds. At work I try to live my faith my treating colleagues and patients with respect. Emergency medicine can be very stressful, so refraining from profane language and temper outbursts is a way to live my faith. I do pretty well at this, but thankfully for part of the gospel of Jesus is repentance and forgiveness. When I make mistakes I do try correct them , apologize and then try not to do them again. As with most husbands I'm thankful that my dear wife helps me to remember this important principle!

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Terry
Mormons believe in the Bible because it is the word of God taught to his children who lived in the Holy Land before and after Christ's birth. The Old Testament is given through prophets who prepared the people for the events that would accompany the birth and life of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. The New Testament is written by apostles and close disciples of Jesus about his earthly life, atonement, resurrection, and ministry of the church after his death. The Bible is wonderful because it is a witness to all people that Jesus was real, that he lived and died for us and that he lives again. Show more Show less