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Hi I'm Terri

I was raised in the Lutheran faith. I have always known that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I'm a Christian and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother. I'm married to a wonderful man who is my best friend. I am skilled in many of the domestic arts, and particularly enjoy cooking, gardening, preserving food, and sewing. I occasionally cater weddings. I was fortunate to be able to be a stay-at-home mom when our children were growing up. I helped supplement our income by designing and selling needlework kits and patterns. Now I am loving my role as a babysitting grandma. Seeing the world through the eyes of a child again is great! Some of the times I love best are holidays with our family and the traditions that keep us close even as our children grow up and leave home. I believe that lifelong learning is important. I enjoy reading to expand my knowledge and to develop new skills. I am also a music lover and an enthusiastic amateur genealogist.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by good parents in the Lutheran faith. For as long as I can remember, I have know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. One of my earliest memories is of being tucked into bed as our mom sang "Jesus Loves Me" with us after helping us say our prayers. In addition to weekly Sunday worship services with my family, I faithfully attended Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School each summer. In my teen years, I completed confirmation classes and was active in the Lutheran youth group. I was also part of a folk-religious singing group for a couple of years. When I was 18 years old, I had a persistent feeling that there had to be more. I was faithful in my daily prayers and reading and study of the the Bible. I was happily content with my faith, and not looking for anything more. Though I tried to push it aside, the feeling would not leave. A few months after that feeling began, I became acquainted with a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who was as certain that the Book of Mormon contained the word of God as I was that the Bible did. Could it be true? I had to know. At that time the only way to learn about the LDS Church was through the missionaries. I wearied many of them with countless sincere questions in my quest to learn the truth for myself. After diligent study, pondering, and prayer, I eventually did reach the conclusion that the Book of Mormon does indeed contain the word of God, as does the Bible. It was not an easy thing to leave the faith in which I had been raised, but becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a decision that I have never regretted. It was like finding missing pieces to a puzzle. It has strengthened my belief in a loving Heavenly Father who hears and answer prayers, and has increased my reverence for Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. I have kept every bit of truth that I found in the faith of my childhood and youth, and have found much, much more.

How I live my faith

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means that living the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is part of my life every day. In addition to our most important responsibility to teach our children these principles, I believe that serving others is how we live our faith. I have enjoyed serving in the community, whether working with my neighbors, as a parent helper in my children's school, or in other ways. Some years ago we had the wonderful experience of serving as an ambassador family for our local chapter of the March of Dimes, an opportunity that came our way because one of our children was born with spina bifida. For several years we participated in events to raise awareness of the importance of research and education in the fight against birth defects. I love the opportunities to learn and to serve that I have in the Church. If someone had told me that I was capable of successfully planning large meetings to train leaders and teachers of children, I wouldn't have agreed with them, but I have done so, and I even learned to love it. I have worked in both the women's organization and the children's organization in the Church. Can I plan and organize a Christmas party for 300 or 400 people? Apparently. Sometimes we don't know what we can do until we are challenged, and then we are surprised to learn that stepping outside our comfort zone isn't as hard as we thought it would be. The children in our Church learn a song that asks, "If the Savior stood beside me, would I do the things I do?" I am striving to live my life so that I can answer "yes" to that. Jesus Christ spent His life doing good. I hope that I am also doing some good.