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Hi I'm Teryl

I love life, my faith and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Happily married for over 25 years, I'm the proud mother of three wonderful sons. I love to read books, watch movies with happy endings, keep up with current affairs and politics, and I recently started taking piano lessons. I also have a son who is currently serving a mission in Bolivia.

Why I am a Mormon

Like most people, my family has its share of problems. I make mistakes, my children have their own struggles and life can be difficult sometimes. That's where the gospel of Jesus Christ comes in. It gives me hope when life seems hopeless. It gives me direction when I can't figure things out on my own. It offers solutions in the exemplary life of the Savior, in the pages of the scriptures, and in the counsel from a living prophet. In addition, the testimonies of friends and neighbors that I see and talk with every week at church give me strength. To put it simply, being a Mormon provides strength, hope and solutions the world fails to offer.

How I live my faith

Most recently I taught a scripture study class for adults and it was a wonderful experience! For two and a half years, I taught the Old Testament, the New Testament and Church History. Now I'm a music leader for children ages 3 though 11. We sing songs and play games on Sunday while learning about Jesus, faith, Temples, being reverent, and so much more. The church has offered many opportunities to serve and teach and I truly love it! I also love the opportunity I have to go and visit other women in their homes and leave them with a message of encouragement and love each month. I've made some wonderful friends over the years through those visits. I truly believe with the Savior and our Heavenly Father on our side, everything can and will work out for our good if we have faith and are obedient.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. We worship God our Eternal Father and the Savior Jesus Christ. But we acknowledge Joseph Smith was a Prophet. Just as Moses, Isaiah, Peter and so many other great men were prophets during biblical times. We respect prophets and we recognize them as instruments in the hands of God to proclaim the truths of the gospel. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are very much like most women world-wide. We are your neighbors, your teachers, and your bosses. We worry about how we look, what's for dinner, and how we'll pay the bills. We also love our families with all our hearts and our countries. What may set us apart from other women is when we don't have an answer we know we can turn to God. From practical experience, we know God hears and answers our prayers. We know that He loves all His children. And that things will work out for our own good if we are faithful and obedient. We are taught from the scriptures that "neither is man without the woman, neither woman without the man" 1 Corinthians 11:11. Simply put, men and women are equally important in our Heavenly Father's plan. We often take on differing roles in family life but that should not negate the value of either one's contribution. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Here in the U.S.A. members generally dress up when they attend Church. Women wear dresses or skirts; men wear dress slacks, shirts and ties, or suits; even our children put on their Sunday best. We celebrate the traditional holidays for our country. For us in the states, that means Christmas and Easter which remind us of the birth and sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. But most of us also enjoy the more secular holidays like Independence Day, Valentines Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Years. In fact, many of our congregations have activities corresponding with these holidays. Show more Show less