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Hi I'm Terri

I'm a news junkie, a people person, married to a man I adore. I love the beauty of this earth, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Being diagnosed with MS at age 24, I went from walking funny, to walking with a cane, then crutches and then a wheelchair for long distances in six years. I used to love hiking, driving, and playing guitar. When weakness came and took those away I started memorizing lofty quotes, reading classic novels, making cards with rubber stamps. When I got married at age 46, my favorite became cooking, making cards on computer, and listening to nonfiction books. Journal writing helps me remember and recognize good things and good people that touch my life. Journals capture funny memories too. I count myself lucky to have lived in California, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nebraska. In my healthy past I owned a car, worked for a living and had great roommates. I'm grateful to have to served a mission for the church in Navajoland, and even survived an outdoor survival trip in Southern Utah with a friend. Now I'm wheelchair bound and I'm always amazed at how helpful people are. I'm happy to be a sidekick to a historian husband and have joy being a daughter, sister, wife, stepmother, grandma, and even a great grandma. Having supportive family and friends has blessed my life. I feel very fortunate. Of course, if I could walk tomorrow, I’d be out the door in a second. I’ve learned a lot and I know there is a wise purpose for all things. I thank God for my blessings. And, I still have my guitar just in case...

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both grew up in good Christian homes but weren't rooted in any particular faith. As a result, my father was searching for a religion when two Mormon missionaries came knocking on our door in 1959. My parents listened and learned about a great apostasy and a restoration of Christ's church through the prophet Joseph Smith. My parents were familiar with the Bible. Now they read the Book of Mormon, a companion to the Bible, and a second witness to Jesus Christ. They were converted and chose to be baptized along with my nine year old sister a few months later. I was only seven years old at the time but I saw a change come into my family. We started attending church on Sunday and became united in a new way. What I love about the Church is the encouragement to learn. No matter what age I am, I hear lessons on how to be a better person by keeping God's commandments. The Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants are all the word of God and part of our regular study, but the Book of Mormon is special for us today. It testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ and makes many references to the Bible. We search, ponder, and pray and learn. The monthly magazine, the Ensign, and other manuals are also available to help us learn doctrine and see the experiences others have had to overcome challenges. They are in harmony. All teachings can be confirmed by the Holy Ghost. We are encouraged to get a good education, develop our talents, and learn all we can about language, history, science, good literature, music, and this world we live in. We seek uplifting and praiseworthy things. Through the Holy Ghost we can know the truth of all things. I will be able to find my way through the twists and turns of life. Knowing what I know, how could I not be a Mormon?

How I live my faith

MS reminds me daily how much I need the Lord. What a blessing in disguise! Otherwise I might not be drawn to scripture study and turning on that light in my heart. Prayer helps me keep the faith and stay in tune to the Spirit. I am most enlivened after a good study period, no matter how brief. Scriptures teach hope through Jesus Christ and His gospel. The spirit within each of us is as real as the physical body that houses it. My body might not be strong, but my spirit is soars. Being involved in service is important even though my abilities are limited. Joy comes to those who serve. It might take me longer to make a meal for someone, but it does happen on occasion, with a lot of help from my husband. I’m a one-handed typist, but I do have a computer. I can make a card and send a message of love to someone. I can teach a class once a month in our women's organization. These activities take the focus away from myself and give me a purpose. You can see more through a window than a mirror. Keeping the Sabbath day holy by attending church helps me desire to keep God's commandments and focused on the eternal nature of our lives. Knowing there is a living prophet and twelve apostles to guide us helps me know that God loves us all and wants to help us.