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Hi I'm Terry

Husband, father of five, 20 year U.S. Navy Sailor, retired. 23 years sober alcoholic. Proud of All. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Husband, father of 5, employed by the LDS Church, and not the typical example of what you would expect a Mormon to be. 90 days and a Less Than Honorable discharge was in my immediate future. When notification of my DUI reached my command, I was informed that as an "alcohol rehabilitation failure", proceedings would begin to discharge me from naval service. It was true, I did attend 10 weeks of an 8 week in-patient rehabilitation program in a Navy Hospital. I did, within one year of 'graduation', get arrested, convicted, etc, of Driving While Intoxicated. With 12 years of naval service completed, I was given one chance by my XO, 120 meetings in 90 days. (he was sober). Two things happened, the program of Alcoholics Anonymous saved my career, and finding Christ as an example of what I should be, saved my life. My conversion literally saved my life. Too many good things have happened for me. I want to share them. I was sober for five years, attending one Church after another. No real dedication or interest in them. I answered a news-paper ad, met a girl, found out she was a Mormon, almost walked out, got married four weeks later. God has blessed us with three children, and two from previous marriages. Now, 18 years from that date where a hardened, rude, and ill-mannered Sailor met that "way-over-dressed" lady for a Sunday brunch in San Diego, I am employed by the LDS Church as a facilities mechanic. "What a long, strange trip it's been." Grateful Dead.

Why I am a Mormon

A 20+ year Navy career gave my life little spiritual guidance, questionable moral values and a general life-style that was not always "Christ-like". As you could imagine, the life of a practicing alcoholic, added to that the 'proclivities' and habits of Sailors, and I find no need to describe how I was and how I lived. Simply put, I lived life hard. I found sobriety and God at about the same time. Both occurred at a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. I toyed with the idea of sobriety and pretended to believe in God when I was hospitalized for during rehab. Within a year of finishing rehab, my DUI literally put me on the doorstep of unemployment and homelessness. By one lone chance, my career was salvaged. Discovering God and by putting him in charge, saved my life. I was introduced to the LDS Church by a young lady I met. We were married even though I had no interest in "her" Church. Growing up in Southern Idaho, the Mormons and I had "history". It was "No. You are not like me, and I don't want to be like you". I later discovered that the choices I made were not right and the Mormons were right, after all. My lovely wife converted to the LDS faith in her home country of the Philippines. Some years later, she immigrated to the U.S. We met and were married. Four months later, a church missionary, came to the house one Sunday for dinner. He invited me to a baptism that week. I went and afterwards he and his companion spoke with me a while. I was invited to read in the Book of Mormon, a passage that simply asked, "If you ask God, with a sincere heart and real intent, and have faith in Jesus Christ, the truth will be manifest to you by the Holy Ghost". I prayed my best that night. I knew by morning that the LDS Church was true, a gift from God. That is why I was Baptized and I am not bright enough to make it any more complicated.

How I live my faith

My faith is simple. I believe in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that through the atonement, I too can be forgiven for my many sins, that my life is now worthwhile and I make a difference in other peoples' lives. I have been blessed to be asked to be the Addiction Recovery Specialist for those who may still suffer from drug and alcohol addictions. My volunteer work with my church, my faith, and helping others keeps me sober. I am happy and proud of the Gospel and the life it has returned to me. In the last four years of my military career, married now with two small children, I returned to the Middle East for two more tours of duty. To my brothers and sisters in arms, I will testify to you, that leaving my wife and children in the loving arms of my church and it's members gave me the greatest comfort I have ever had during my six deployments to the Middle East. The firm knowledge that regardless of the outcome of my missions, I had the best support for my family that I could provide. For the fathers and mothers, if you want your children to be raised with strong values, avoidance of drugs, alcohol, and a sense of belonging to a group that has a sense of unity and proper behavior, you and your children would be so blessed by the LDS Church. I promise you that. You too may share with what we have. Bless you.