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Hi I'm Teresa

I'm a wife, a mother and a grandmother, I'm part of a foundation that cares for the poorest people in Honduras and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for over 29 years. We have 4 children. When I was 30 with children ranging in ages from 2-9 yrs old, I got very sick. On our 11th wedding anniversary we learned that I have Crohn's disease. Over the last 18 years I have had 4 bowel resection surgeries to remove damaged sections of my intestines. Before I was ill, I was athletic and organized. I was busy with many activities and organizations helping my own children. Since 1993 I have spent many days and months in bed, unable to maintain my desired lifestyle. I prefer the symptoms of my illness to all the side effects of the medications. I now manage my illness much better than when I relied on doctors to manage it for me. I learned that I am going to be sick whether I am home in bed or out living my life so I chose to live my life. My days are busy and I find that my activities are a great distraction to the pain and other symptoms of my illness. We have recently become empty nester's. My children are productive and busy with many things and I find great joy seeing them succeed and grow. When we get together we like to camp and hike, ski/snowboard in the winter, gather for meals and games and visit with our extended family members. My new favorite thing is spending time with my 2 granddaughters and since they live only 30 minutes away, I get to see them a few times a week. I work in the athletic department at a local high school. l love working with the kids and the coaches.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family. I can't say exactly when I decided for myself that I wanted to continue living the gospel of Jesus Christ. As my own testimony developed over my teen years, I know that I wanted what I saw in the young families of my congregation. I wanted to have a husband who loved and served God. I wanted to have children and teach them how to pray and love the Savior. I even wanted to be a poor, starving college student with my husband. We spent 7 years in college and had all 4 of our children during those years. We relied on the Savior to bless us as we worked for this righteous desire and we did see His hand in the day-to-day details of our busy life. I don't know how people outside the church find the support and help to raise their families. We have appreciated very much the teachers and leaders who modeled Christlike behavior as they mentored our children. I have also loved working with the children and youth of our congregation over the years. They have taught me much about faith and obedience and they continue to strengthen my testimony of the Savior.

How I live my faith

My faith has really been tested over the last 19 years. Before I got sick, I had no doubts about my church, it's doctrine or the reality of a Heavenly Father and a Savior who know me and love me. A few years after I was diagnosed I had to accept the fact that I was not going to be well again. This was a devastating reality for me and I got angry with my Heavenly Father. I felt that He was not hearing my prayers and I stopped praying for some time. I read scriptures that promised that He hears our prayers and although I never doubted He is there, I decided that for some reason He wasn't hearing my prayers, that somehow I wasn't worthy of His blessing. Looking back now, I can't believe I was so foolish and faithless. I know the adversary was working to pull me away from the faith I had always had. Once I recognized the source of my doubt, it was easy to re-establish my relationship with my Heavenly Father by praying daily again. I realized that even though I wasn't inviting Him into my everyday life through prayer, He was still there blessing me and my family. Now as I serve in my church as a teacher for the young women, I can use those experiences to help them learn that they are never far from the help and guidance they need as they make some of the most important decisions in their lives.