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Hi I'm Terry

I grew up as a Hoosier. I am a daughter of God, wife, mother, and grandmother. I love my life! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family! The most challenging and rewarding job I had was being a mother to 3 children. Parenting stretched me physically, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually. However, I had a loving husband and the Gospel of Jesus Christ to help me meet parenting responsibilities and challenges. My reward for persevering is being grandmother to 6 beautiful grandchildren. I love spending time with my husband and family, singing, traveling, and reading. I am a baby boomer who did a career change starting at age 50. At age 54 I completed a master's degree in community counseling. Today, I get to help individuals and families find peace and joy in their lives. I believe great strength comes as we face our fears and inadequacies. I have overcome some of my fears with the Lord's help. I was terrified of singing in front of others, but started voice lessons at age 50 with my oldest granddaughter. The first time I sang a solo, I felt like the Holy Ghost was there with me. I was terrified of heights, I even got stuck on our roof one time. However, after going with our church youth to a rappelling activity, and going down twice, I conquered some of my fear. Although I don't love heights, I am now more comfortable and have sat on the edge of a cliff taking pictures of others rappelling. 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." The Gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me face fears and change my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother and her family were Baptists. My mother married my father, who was an inactive member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he was a Mormon. I attended and loved the Baptist Bible school as a child. When I was 8 years old the Baptist church wanted to have me baptized. My mom talked to my dad and suggested we might try his church first. I remember the Mormon missionaries coming to our home and showing us a film strip about the Book of Mormon. Although i was young, I still remember the fascination and sense of truth i experienced as I learned about the Nephites and Lamamites. I was baptized 2 months after my 8th birthday and my mother was baptized a few months later. Two years later our family was sealed for eternity in the Los Angeles temple. Now, I know that the sense of truth I experienced as a child was the Holy Ghost bearing witness to me that what i was being taught was true. I have experienced that witness many times in my life. At the age of eleven I was asked to sing a solo in a children's program. The song was about Joseph Smith praying in the Sacred Grove. Even today, after over 40 years, I still recall looking up and in my mind seeing Joseph kneeling in the grove and praying. The Spirit bore witness to me then, and still does today, that Joseph really did pray in that grove, that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, really did appear to him. Because of this witness, I know that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, that the keys of God's Kingdom were restored to the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know the Book of Mormon is a sacred record, preserved for our time, so we would know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon bear witness that Jesus is the Christ, that He will come again, a second time, and that we are sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. I know that Heavenly Father loves me, and you, and wants each of us to return to live with him.

How I live my faith

Doing the basics daily makes a significant difference in my ability to try and become more charitable and loving in my interactions with others. Every day I read the scriptures and say my prayers. I go to church on Sunday to take the Sacrament and renew my promises to Heavenly Father that I will do my best to keep his commandments and ask him to forgive me for my mistakes and weaknesses. I want to live my life in a way that shows gratitude for the many blessing which come from my Heavenly Father. I enjoy serving others and have had many opportunities to serve in the church. I have taught music to younger children, worked with teenage girls, and taught adults and children about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My husband and I had the opportunity to teach strengthening marriage classes to many couples in our area. We found great joy helping couples learn how to have a healthier, happier, marriage. Today, I have a leadership position working with women. We support and help women as they care for themselves and their families.We help the women learn self-reliance, self-improvement, and provide opportunities for humanitarian service. We have put together personal hygiene kits for areas hit by disasters, made quilts for the needy, and written letters to service men and women. I also provide training on how to have a healthier relationship with Heavenly Father, ourselves, and others. I know that when I serve others I am in the service of my God and following the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ.