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Hi I'm Terry

I'm a Mormon. I have 6 children and 18 Grandchildren. It was because of them I took a step to find out if the church is true.

About Me

I have been married for 37 years to a great man who is not a member. I Have raised 6 children in the Gospel. One daughter and five sons. Five sons served missions and all 6 children where married in the temple. It has been a long road, full of many ups and downs, with constant struggles and full reliance on the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

Shortly after my husband graduated from college, we took our two year old daughter, pregnant with my first son and moved away from family and friends to start a job career in Longmont, Colorado. I found myself lonely and overwhelmed after my second child was born. I knew no one. My husband worked long hard hours and I did not want to burden him with my lonely feelings. It was then I decided to start attending church. I felt I needed something, something was missing. As I listened to the lessons, testimonies, and began for the first time reading the book of Mormon. I became very confused. Wondering for the first time, could this miraculous story be true? Is Joseph Smith a prophet? Is this the ONLY true church on the earth? Is there no other way back to my father in Heaven? These two precious children needed a mother that knew what to teach them. If this is all true, I have made a big mistake in marrying outside the church. I will not be able to ever go through the Temple and raise a righteous family. I really will be all a lone in the Gospel, my husband will never believe all this. It will be much easier to just continue my life before church. No, I had to know. It was these feelings that lead me to kneel in humble prayer and ask for a right and true answer. I will never forget the strong feeling of love from my Father in Heaven that came to me at that time. as I knelt there pleading for more, the strong impression came, yes, Joseph Smith is a prophet and this is the true church. It was no still small voice, it was loud and clear. I remember the impression being so strong I looked up expecting to see someone standing there. The room was empty except for the strong feeling from the Holy Ghost. I knew what I knew and I stood up from that prayer, a different person. Knowing it would not be easy but knowing what I had to do. Because of that first feeling of love from my Father, I would follow my Savior as best I could. I now knew the Truth!!

How I live my faith

After receiving the witness, I went to my Bishop to see what I needed to do to go forward. I was unfamiliar and he helped me through it all. Books to read and steps to take. My husband was supportive which surprised me. I received a calling teaching children, then working with Women and then the Youth. As my children grew and more added, we read scriptures together, had family nights and many discussions about the gospel. I was confident in raising my children with the truth I could teach them. The Gospel means everything to me. The Lord helped and answered many a night of a crying Mother over raising children. My husband continued his support as his mind was changed as he saw the good the church was bringing into our family. We soon learned of the important revelation that women could now go to the Temple without their husband, if he gave his consent. Mine did. What a joyful day that was. I entered the Temple of the Lord, knowing this would only add more strength to my family. Teenage years were hard, mistakes made on all ends but we all pressed forward. The Atonement worked in our family as we learned about the repentance process first hand. So many youth leaders to help me raise my daughter and five rambunctious boys. The world tried to sneak in, but I went to the Lord, who is stronger. My husband stood outside the Temple as one by one my children entered. He rejoiced as they came out and was proud of them. He paid for all their missions and wanted it for them. He talked at each mission farewell and all were amazed at the knowledge he has. We do not know exactly why he still stands outside. He feels he is not good enough. He does not understand the atoning sacrifice the Savior has made for him. He is good enough. All it takes is a desire. I will continue to go forward knowing the Lord will bless our family.