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Hi I'm Terilyn

I am a transplanted "Southern Belle" and the "queen of my castle." I'm a wife, a mom, a friend, a volunteer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in the beautiful states of Utah and Wyoming, I never thought I could leave my "home" out west. But over 23 years ago, I fell in love with my "soul mate" from Georgia, and the rest is history. I have happily lived in GA for almost 21 years, and I feel at home amid the wonderful southern hospitality! I have an idential twin sister. We often joke that we were "womb-mates" (and roommates) in college. I am proud to have attended Brigham Young University, and I received my BA in Family Financial Planning and Counseling. I often use some aspect of that college experience in my every day life. I enjoy doing volunteer work and have been actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America, the Gwinnett Swim League, PTA, and my kids' sports and extracurricular activities for many years. I am a proud mother of three wonderful, fun, and spontaneous young men. Being a parent is an often challenging but mostly rewarding job--one I would not trade for anything. I have a fourth "son", our doggie Oscar, who is almost a year old. I never thought I would own (or enjoy) a dog so much, but Oscar has changed my mind. With my mom's guidance and encouragement, I have become a novice quilter. On non-humid days, I enjoy getting outside and working in my yard and planting flowers. I enjoy walking with friends or going to the gym. I play the piano and sometimes the viola. I enjoy baking, camping, fishing, hiking, and traveling when the opportunity arises.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am proud of my pioneer heritage and my forefathers who were among Mormon pioneer immigrants who came from England and Denmark to find religious tolerance after accepting this gospel in their homelands. I am a Mormon because it is not only my religion, but it is also my lifestyle. I feel at home in this church. I am a Christian, and I worship Jesus Christ and follow his teachings. I embrace the Bible and the Book of Mormon as they teach cohesively about Jesus Christ. This church teaches us to serve one another. I love that aspect! We are asked to help those around us as Christ did while he walked the earth. The teachings we follow mirror the gospel of Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry. We have a modern-day prophet who heads our church, we have 12 apostles, we strive to follow Christ's example to love one another. Everything falls into place and makes sense in a world so full of confusion and chaos! I feel peace and contentment as this gospel teaches me why I am here, what I am supposed to do with my life, and where I will go when my journey has ended on earth. I am proud to teach these principles to my children and watch as they make good choices. I am thrilled to have a son serving as a Mormon missionary in California where he is teaching others about this great plan. Yes, some days are hard. It's not easy to always be happy or positive when things go wrong. Physical ailments are a constant reminder of the challenges I have to face. But I have a personal testimony that my prayers and heard and answered. My life is full and I am blessed because of my membership in this wonderful church.

How I live my faith

The principles of this church are not just something I try to live only on Sundays, but I try to emulate Christ's example every day. I have been given many opportunities to serve my wonderful friends and neighbors. I have worked closely with our community swim team for many years--a fun and rewarding activity! Two of my boys are Eagle Scouts with a third on his way to earning the Eagle rank. I love working with the youth of my church! I have been fortunate to serve as girls camp leader, scout leader, president of the Young Women, music leader, and teacher. As we have an unpaid clergy in our church, I love the fact as a congregation we all pitch in to teach, to speak, and to serve in whatever needs to be done. It's often said that our "wards" (congregations) are our extended families. What a profound and true statement! As I have no close relatives in Georgia, my ward family is definitely like a second family to me. In the media our church is portrayed as non-Christian or as a "cult". I want you to know that we are a Christian denomination, we love and worship Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. I try to show my friends and neighbors that I believe in Jesus Christ through my daily words and actions. If you read this and have a question, please don't hesitate to ask! That is the best way to clear up false ideas and misunderstandings. My faith is a vital part of my life. I am proud to be a follower of Jesus Christ. I am proud to be a Mormon woman.