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Hi I'm Terry

I'm a husband of 31 years, a father and a grandfather. I am an upper management IT professional. I love to run. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I guess I define myself more as a family man than a career professional. Of course, both are very important to me. On the one hand, I love spending time with my family - doing projects together, watching a football game, playing, hiking and just visiting. On the other hand, it's important that I leave them so I can be a good provider. It brings me a lot of joy knowing that I can provide for my family. I'm an upper level manager in Information Technology (IT) and have been in this industry my whole career, which adds up to over 25 years. I'm a people person too. I manage a large staff of from 50-100 people and have always enjoyed helping them be successful in whatever they do. This desire to help extends to my family (of course), my neighbors and others that I meet through the Church. I've learned that service is personally very fulfilling. I believe my kids are better people for having had opportunities to serve (often with me) throughout their lives. We all need hobbies and personal time. My main hobby is woodworking, and though I'm pretty handy with a lot things, making things out of wood just brings me a lot of peace. Sometimes they're simple little projects like push-toy ducks, but I've made some pretty complicated rocking horses and pieces of furniture too. Another thing I do is run and bike. As my metabolism has slowed, I have to exercise more and more. I love being in good shape, but I sure like candy as well!

Why I am a Mormon

I want to do what Heavenly Father wants me to do. It wasn't always this way, and I'm far from perfect, but I believe I'm headed in the right direction. I know God hears and answers prayers and that he loves me individually. He loves all his children. I know many struggle with trials and questions that seem impossible to answer. I believe he will answer us as we turn to him and begin to believe that he really exists, really cares for us, and can help. I was born in the Church (meaning my parents were members of the Mormon church too), but I had to learn for myself whether I would continue the tradition. After living the way God asks us to live, studying the scriptures that he has given us, and approaching him regularly in sincere prayer; I now know that being a Mormon is what Heavenly Father wants me to do. It helps me stay on that 'strait and narrow' path that Christ talked about that leads back to our heavenly home. I am so grateful for God's plan that allows families to be eternal and that is really so easy to follow. The world may be getting more wicked, but there is peace in knowing your place on earth and your relationship to God. His commandments are not a burden - they simply bless our lives. One the of the greatest commandments (and perhaps the easiest) is to serve others. Needs may be temporal, emotional or spiritual, which means there is usually something that everyone can do for someone else.

How I live my faith

I've always believed that good things rarely, if ever, happen by accident. They happen deliberately. They happen because we set time aside to do good and to help others. Maybe it's the project manager in me that makes me believe that structure and planning is key. Anyway, there are more than enough service opportunities for everyone. The Church provides us with the organization that is necessary to really make a difference on a large scale - especially with disaster relief. But we can also help on a much more personal level, usually right within our own neighborhoods. This is really the key to living the Gospel for me. We all know things or can do things that can be shared with others to help lift them up. And that's what people usually need; a hand up. Everyone wants to be self-sufficient, but many can't get there on their own and the Church is wonderful about helping people to help themselves.