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Hi I'm Teresa

I'm a stay-at-home Mom who loves to help others, but struggles to get everything done that I want to do. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a small town country girl that has adapted to city life. I put myself through most of college sewing dance costumes. My favorites were the Latin and Ballroom dresses. I’ll never forget when I watched the BYU Ballroom Dance Competition and saw “my” dresses come alive! That was an amazing experience. Now I use that talent for fun. I make some regular clothes for my family, but my favorite still is making Halloween costumes, doll clothes, and creations of my own. I enjoy scrap booking. I create simple layouts and use that layout for a whole event. (I have to keep it simple so I can get caught up.) I love decorating cakes for my family’s birthdays. I love all kinds of crafts. I am a Jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none. I love the variety. I volunteer at our school. I love helping in my daughters’ classrooms and in the library any chance I get. The library is fun because I can see the progress that I’ve made in shelving the books. Sometimes in life we can’t always see our progress or see the difference that we make, but there I can. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment. My family loves canoeing. We have a canoe party each year and invite friends. It is one of the highlights of our summer. We just canoe and bar-b-que until everyone gets tired. Along with canoeing, we love camping and (small) hikes. It’s nice to get away from everything and relax (as long as I can keep warm and have a soft bed). I also love reading to myself and my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

My family joined the church when I was 8 years old and my testimony of the Gospel has grown quietly ever since. At a morning devotional at college I was listening to other students share the experiences that they had in gaining their testimonies. I was wondering how come I hadn’t had a big confirming moment of knowing that the Gospel of Jesus Christ had been restored to earth. It was then that I realized that I didn’t need a big moment, because over the years my testimony had grown through many little experiences and I already knew. Because my best friend’s mom who was my 2nd grade teacher, served a mission for the church, I wanted to, too. It was a goal of mine since I was kid. My brothers all served missions and from their missionary stories, I wanted to be able to have the joy of sharing the gospel with others myself. My faith in the Jesus Christ increased as I spent 18 months serving and teaching others about Christ and his church. Now, as a mom, the Gospel helps me to teach my girls good, solid, traditional, morals and values that I know will strengthen them. I know that what they learn at church will help give them the courage to stand up for what is right and become righteous young women. The Gospel helps buoy me up and gives me the strength that I need to keep trying to be a better person. On those days that I feel like I have nothing left to give, if I can remember to read my scriptures and say my prayers, then I feel like the Lord will bless me for trying to follow His commandments and give me the strength that I need.

How I live my faith

The Church helps me grow by giving me opportunities to serve others. In college I was asked to teach a Sunday school class of my peers. That was a challenge because I felt like everyone else knew more than I did. It helped me to read my scriptures more carefully as I prepared my lessons. I was blessed as I served. Since being married, I have had the opportunity to help serve and teach in our youth organizations. Teaching all different ages of kids has its rewards and struggles. Probably the 4 most gratifying moments for me have been to see the 8 year olds make the decision to follow our Savior and be baptized, the young men earn their Eagle Scout Award in the Boy Scouts Organization, the young men and young women serve missions for the Lord when they are old enough, and then to see them marry the right person, in the right place, at the right time. The church encourages us to not only serve in the church, but also in our community. I love volunteering at our school and helping those that are helping our children. My husband and I are trying to help our girls realized that service can be the most fun work that they will ever do. We take them with us when we have the opportunity to help someone or when we go and visit others. I hope they are learning the joy of service.