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Hi I'm Terri

I'm a Mormon. I love to read and play the piano.

About Me

I am married, and a mother of 5 children. I have worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and a supply clerk for a Nursing Home. I have an interest in a career in the medical field. I like to read (religious and non-religious books), play the piano, do family history, visit the temple, and understand my Heavenly Father's love for me. I believe that music classes should be kept in schools.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, baptized at the age of 8. When I was a teenager, the questions started coming up in my mind "Do I really believe? Or am I just doing what my parents want?" Then, I would remember that Heavenly Father has already witnessed to me through the Holy Ghost and answering prayers that were important to a child like me. My first impression from the Holy Ghost that I can clearly recall is when I was 12, snow skiing with my classmates on a school trip. At the end of the day, there was time for me and my friends to go for one more run down the mountain. Standing in line for the ski lift, I know I heard my name called, but there was no one behind me close enough to sound so clearly. Then the thought entered my head that maybe I shouldn't go down the hill one more time. Right after that it was my turn to get on the lift. Not knowing if what I thought was a warning or just my imagination, I got on the lift. Halfway down the mountain, I was going too fast for my beginner abilities. I hit a bump that made me airborne for a second before landing and rolling, and finally coming to a stop. Thankfully, I escaped with just a sprain that required wearing a brace on my leg for a month. Since then, I've been warned of other situations with thoughts, feelings and sometimes friends; and obeying the promptings has always been a blessing. I remember one time of being warned of danger, and leaving; but I have no idea what could have happened, and that's okay. I don't need to know. I know my Heavenly Father loves me, or else why would he take the time to answer my prayers? Even if the answer is no? I have read the Book of Mormon several times, and the difficult parts have become easier to understand, thanks to praying before reading and teachers who explain it to me. I love the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am a Primary teacher of 4-5 year olds. Our children have the best spirits. Other callings I have had: I was recently released as the Primary Secretary, who kept track of childrens' birthdays, and assigning children to give talks, prayers or scripture verses in Primary. I have been one of the teachers who teach children 18 months to 3 years old. These children are so spiritual and innocent; they teach me so much, too. I feel the Holy Ghost each week when we talk about Jesus. I have been an organizer for activities involving our whole ward (congregation), to provide opportunities for friends and families to get together in a happy setting, sharing food and stories, and growing closer; and still have a spiritual setting. I have been the ward building representative, which means I kept an eye out for cleanliness for the building, and if things run out, like soap or paper towels; and I assigned families to help clean the building on Saturdays. When the building is clean, everyone can relax and enjoy The Spirit. I loved being a teacher to adults in Sunday School, because that is where I learned the most about the more indepth areas of the gospel. Good music is a prayer. I am so thankful for a woman who took the time to teach me her love for playing the piano so that I would learn, too. She did this without reward or payment. I have played the piano for different classes (Primary and Young Women), vocalists, and have been a ward organist in more than one ward.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Terri
What some churches refer to as congregations, we call a ward. A branch is similar to a ward, but with fewer people. A bishop is a member of that ward/congregation who has been asked to serve as a volunteer in this position. A branch president is the president of a branch who is also a member of that branch/congregation who has been asked to serve as a volunteer in this position. A group of Wards/Branches forms a Stake, and the leader of a stake is a stake president. The term "Stake" is not found in the New Testament, but is taken from the Old Testament tent imagery in which the "tent," or church, is held up by supporting stakes (see Isaiah 54:2) Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Terri
Concerning Coffee and Tea, they have substances in them that are not good for the body. My body, as well as all bodies, are special and a gift from God. One of the best ways I can show my thanks for my body is to treat it well. Joseph Smith received a revelation concerning what is good and what is bad for our bodies; it is called the Word of Wisdom (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/dc/89/1-21). We had revealed to us that tobacco was bad for our bodies nearly two centuries ago, before science knew. Along with knowing what isn't good for out bodies, we also learn what is good for us. Proper eating, and physical and spiritual health are important. We are blessed when we follow this revelation. Show more Show less