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Hi I'm Terry

I'm from Arizona and I'm a Mormon. I've been a teacher for 40 years.

About Me

I am a newly retired teacher. I taught for 40 years, mostly 6th grade. I love teaching and being with the youth. They keep me young! I have never married, but I am not single. I have too many loved ones in my life to ever feel "single!" My family, my friends, and my students give my life purpose and meaning. I'm lucky to have never felt alone. I love to read, study about archaeology, and travel. I've been to Great Britain, Sweden, Germany, and Greece. I hope to travel to Israel, Egypt, and Italy. I really enjoy the connection I feel with the people of the world through these experiences. We really are all children of our Heavenly Father who loves us! Family history is a major love of mine. I like the "detectiveness" aspect of it, as well as the joy it brings to add new family members.

Why I am a Mormon

I have known from an early age that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's church on the earth. My testimony began with a very spiritual experience I had when I was about 7. I was waiting for my Grandma's plane to land. So my sister and I were walking up and down the terminal aisles to pass the time. [This was when we could still wait at the gates.] Suddenly I saw a man who glowed. I was mesmerized! To my eyes, this man literally shone. He emanated light. I ran to tell my father and he came with me to see this amazing phenomenon. The man was Elder Hugh B. Brown, a member of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus Christ. He shook my hand and I knew he was a man of God. Because of this and many other spiritual experiences I have had throughout my life, I have never doubted that I should be a member of this Church. As I have tried to live as I think the Savior would, my testimony of the truthfulness of His gospel and of His Church has grown and has filled my life with joy.

How I live my faith

My faith is my life, pretty much. It begins when I pray and read my scriptures each morning, continues as I try to act as I think the Savior would throughout the day, and ends as I read and pray again each night. The daily choices I face are always seen through the lens of my beliefs in what is good and bad and what's right and wrong. During my life, I've helped in various leadership, teaching, and service assignments for the Church. My first opportunity came when I was 11 and was asked to play the piano for our Sunday School meetings. In spite of me playing "Moonlight and Roses" once for a prelude(?!?), I always felt appreciated, and I was mentored and helped by others as I performed this needed service. Right now, I work with the girls ages 12 -18, and it's a pleasure. I help them set and accomplish goals. For instance, they're planning a Senior Dinner [for the age 70 and older members in our congregation] with "Remember When" as the theme. This is an annual tradition and provides a wonderful opportunity for all of us to live our faith. I'm grateful I know we're spiritual beings having an earthly experience, not earthly beings every once in a while having a spiritual experience. Being a Latter-Day Saint Christian buoys me up daily!

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Let me share a personal experience. Three years ago my brother was diagnosed with leukemia. It was a frightening time. He was supported and sustained by many friends of many faiths who lit candles for him at their Mass, prayed for him at their mosque or synagogue, and added his name to their church's prayer list. Why? Because they loved him! We likewise love all of God's children and want them to have the opportunity to be baptized as was Christ. When we are baptized for someone who is dead, we offer them this chance. They can accept it or reject it, but they now have the choice that they didn't have during their lifetime. Just as my brother's friends did what they thought would help him as he faced his mortality, we do for others as they face their immortality. My brother would have been foolish to reject the compassion of his friends because they may or may not have been of his faith. So, too, it would be a shame to not see baptism for the dead as our expression of compassion for those who have died. Show more Show less