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Hi I'm Teri

I am an Army wife and a mom of six children, including twins. I love music, meeting people and exploring our world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents did an amazing job raising me and my six siblings. They also helped raise five foster children including four Native Americans. I grew up loving my family and enjoying being with them. My parents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through their daily examples, I learned to work hard, be honest, remember others, be patient, be grateful, be a good citizen, and to get a good education. Above all they loved me and taught me that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me. Now my husband and I have six children of our own and it is my great privilege to try to be a positive role model and teach them as my parents lived and taught me. I have learned balancing working together and having fun together can really make parenting more manageable and rewarding. When life gets overwhelming, my favorite thing to do is to gather up my family and head to the mountains or a beach or museum and just enjoy discovering together the wonderful things Heavenly Father has provided us with here on earth. When I get a spare moment, I love music--I play the piano and dabble in singing and the clarinet and I love to read, run and play some sports, work on family history, and learn about things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born in a home where my parents lived and taught us the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I never really doubted our faith but I did have an opportunity to discover the truthfulness of it for myself while I was in college. After making some poor choices, I came to realize how much our Savior, Jesus Christ loves me. His atonement became real in my life as I learned about repentance and forgiveness. I learned, no matter how much I wanted to do the right things in life, I am just a mere mortal. I need Jesus Christ to point the way and to hold me up when I fall. He is my loving Savior who has already trod the path and shown the way. I just need to trust Him. As I have traveled the world and met many people, I have realized what a great gift I have. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of happiness. So many people seem to struggle to find peace and direction in life. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know the steps I need to take to live happily in this life and prepare to live with our Savior in the world to come. My faith has increased each time I have witnessed someone forsake his/her old life to choose to be baptized and pattern his/her life after the teachings of Jesus Christ. I never cease to be amazed by the joy that radiates from a newly baptized person. This always reminds me of how mericiful and loving the Lord has been to me. Most of all, I'm grateful to be a Mormon because I believe the promises my husband and I receieved when we were sealed for time and all eternity. That means that over 15 years ago, we were more than just married, we were made an eternal family through a sacred priesthood ordinance. Every day, my husband, children and I trust that because of the covenants we have made, we will live as a family forever. So every day, to us, can be a bit of heaven if we work at it. And, eventually, we anxiously anticipate a time when we can all be in heaven together.

How I live my faith

As Saints, we strive to pattern our lives after Jesus Christ by caring for each other. Within a congregation, pairs of women go monthly to teach an uplifting message about Jesus Christ to each woman. They are called visiting teachers. Visiting teachers also offer friendship and help as needed. They provide care as the Savior would. As a visiting teacher, I have been privilged to provide meals, childcare, rides, and to become true friends to those whom I have visited. Heaveny Father, through modern prophets, has warned the world to prepare for difficult times. My husband and I love our children and feel responsibile to provide and care for them in all situations. Consequently, we have tried to obey this counsel by staying out of debt. We continue to build a supply of water and essential foods that can sustain our large family in hard times. We have already used our water and food storage when bad weather has closed stores and roads. We have lived on it several times when my husband has been out of work. In addition, for each family member we are gathering 72-hour kits with the basics of survival in case of an emergency. Because my husband is in the Army, I expect that in a disaster, he will be sent elsewhere leaving me to care for our childrens' needs alone. Making these practical and financial preparations have brought both me and my husband a lot of peace. Mostly, I live my faith by prayer, scripture study, and fasting. By doing so, I gain wisdom, strength, and insight on how to make a difference in the lives of my family, friends, and in the community. Each time my life overwhelms me, I find renewal of my faith through rededication to sincere prayer, fervent study of the scriptures and teachings of modern prophets, and through serving others. Sometimes it takes weeks to get through a difficult time. But my Heavenly Father and Savior have never let me down. I love Them because of this. I know They will never give me challenges that I cannot overcome.