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Hi I'm Terrill

As a happily married mother of three, I work as a veterinarian, enjoy decorating cakes, and love to sing. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful husband of thirteen years (and counting!) and three children. This keeps me busy! I have also been lucky enough to find a job in my field as a veterinarian that allows me to keep my family my priority while allowing me to cultivate and use my knowledge and skills in a profession I love. My hobby as a cake decorater has grown through the years; I recently made my second wedding cake (turning my kitchen into a war zone, thank you patient family). Singing is also another important part of my life. I am always happier when participating in a choir or other musical endeavor.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not always a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS).  As a child I was raised Catholic.  I knew little about the LDS church other than they had nice families and good moral values; I had the impression that it was cultish and not to be mixed in.  While dating my future husband (a convert to the LDS church) I began to question some of the negative assumptions I had heard about his faith.  Every Latter-Day Saint I met changed my perceptions of this religion as a "cult."  The members were independent, self-sufficient, and well-balanced.  Their religion permeated every aspect of their lives as a very natural extension of living what they believed.  I initially investigated this church to ensure I would not have any objections to my children joining the LDS faith in the future.  I had no personal intentions of joining.  I was quite satisfied with my life, and was very sensitive to anyone "pushing" their religion on me.  To my surprise, no one ever did pressure me.  They were willing to let me set my own pace and allow the gospel to speak for itself.  I did my own research into the rumors I had been told and discovered that the LDS religion, far from being a cult, made sense and encouraged individuals to find out for themselves what was true.  Satisfied it was "safe", I married my husband.  However, I realized my children would wonder why I never joined the LDS church.  I determined I would investigate for myself.  I began by attending church, reading the Book of Mormon, and following its precepts.  I could see the positive impact on my life, and I finally recognized the testimony that had been building.  I realized that if I knew God existed and this was His Church, I should take action about it.  Knowing it would be difficult for my parents to understand, I chose to be baptized.  It was the best decision I have ever made.  Now, more than a decade later, I can think of no other action that has blessed my life more.

How I live my faith

One of the greatest attributes about the Gospel is that it is something you live, not just believe in.  As my knowledge of the gospel grows through attending church, personal study, and personal experiences, I am constantly evolving how I live my faith. The Savior led us by example.  The scriptures show us how important serving others is to our living the gospel.  I have had many opportunities to serve within the church.  I currently get to share my love of music with the children on Sundays during singing time.  What a blessing in my life!  Ultimately, though, I recognize that it doesn't take a formal job to serve others.  I try to be attentive to the needs of those around me, great or small.  Giving a smile, sharing a compliment, bringing a meal, or helping with a move are many of the everyday occurences that allow me to follow the Savior's example. Our loving Heavenly Father has blessed each of us with many various talents.  We are encouraged to cultivate our talents and use them to bless those around us.  Through my hobby as a cake decorater I have had many opportunities to share my talent and bless others.  I frequently have the opportunity to share my veterinary knowledge with those around me and with youth expressing an interest in my profession.  My medical knowledge has helped and continues to help my extended family through several medical crises both large and small.  As I use my talents with love, I know I am following my Savior. The family is a central component to the Gospel.  Although I love my job, I enjoy my hobbies, and my obligations at church are important, my family is my most important responsibility.  I have the opportunity to be with my family for eternity.  That is a long time!  This perspective colors every choice I make.  In turn I am blessed abundantly.  That is one of the greatest secrets that those who serve learn.  You always get more than you give!