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Hi I'm Terri Ellen

I grew up in the small community of South Whidbey Island in Washington State. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on South Whidbey Island, playing tennis, swimming and running on the beach. I am a mother, a sister, a daughter and caregiver. I was able to stay home to raise four boys and now am a single mom working full time raising a teenage daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up in a non-denominational protestant home being taught, every child should go to Sunday school. So every Sunday the bible school van picked me and my siblings up for church while mom and dad stayed home. After my older siblings had received their "basic instruction" of Christian teachings our parents did not require them to attend any more. Eventually, I was off to Sunday school alone since I was seven years younger than my siblings. I remember being about eight years old and having the pastor preach about God and Jesus Christ, how they were one being without body shape or form. How they were big enough to fill the universe and small enough to dwell in my heart. How God could hear and see everything we were doing. In my child's mind the picture he described was a large cloud with and eye and an ear. I distinctly remember sitting in a folding chair, in the second row, against the wall on the right hand side of the multi-purpose room we used as a chapel and having the thought come to me, "What he is saying is not true." From that time forward I knew God and Jesus Christ were separate beings that look they looked just like real people. When I was nine I was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When the missionaries taught me about Joseph Smith's First Vision, how he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and I knew what they were saying was true.

How I live my faith

I was baptized when I was twelve years old, living a rural community where there were not very Latter-day Saints. My sister, who had also joined the church, and I attended a very small branch. My attendance was sporadic for the first few years. When I was 14 1/2 I attended a Youth Conference with about 250 other Mormon youth. This was very exciting considering I was one of three teenage girls in a high school of 500. It was there I gained a testimony of Jesus Christ and how His atoning sacrifice applied to me. From then on I have been a faithful saint. I have lived my faith through the years serving my family, friends and community. Working a great deal with children and youth. As trials have come I have found great peace in the teachings of the Savior. I have learned to love those even when they make choices that are hurtful. I know that no matter how hard things get the Lord has a plan and His plan is for my good. As I focus on the Saviors teachings and turn to Him in prayer, life my not be easy, and it may not be turning out how I wanted, but I know I will be okay.