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Hi I'm Tera

I grew up the oldest of six children and have lived in Arizona my whole life. I am a law enforcement officer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have worked in law enforcement for 10 years now. My first four years I was a corrections officer and now I am a police officer. I enjoy the challenges it gives me and the opprotunities to help others on a daily basis. When I'm not working, I enjoy being home with my husband and my children. We have a blended family, since both of us were married and divorced before. My husband is not a Mormon. This brings about unique challenges, but he's a great man with a great heart. Our family enjoys going to the movies and playing games with one another, either on the computer or typical board games. I enjoy watching classic old movies and musicals. My favorite movies are Gone With The Wind and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. While watching movies, I crochet, something I taught myself to do from youtube. My life is full of opprotunities to serve others and help those in tough times, and I enjoy every moment of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised LDS, but when I was 16 years old, I fell away due to my parents divorce. I finished growing up, got married and had children during this time away from the LDS church. Though I was not active, my faith and beliefs were still centered on the gospel prinipals I was taught growing up. I became active again during my first year as a police officer. I wanted my children to grow up with the same knowledge I had. I wanted them to know that they had a Heavenly Father who knew them personally and loved them as much as I did. I wanted them to know of Jesus Christ's atonement and how it affects everyone of us on a daily basis. I wanted my children to know that choices they make could have eternal and mortal consequences. I started going back to church and taking my kids. I felt such love and peace from those around me who helped me get to where I am today. During this time I became truly converted unto the Gospel of Jesus Christ and want to be a diciple of his everyday. I have hope for the future and love for my fellow man. I have a testimony of our Heavenly Father's love for each one of us. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins so we could live with Him and our Heavenly Father again. This knowledge comes from my personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, through my personal prayers and daily scripture study, along with my weekly church attendance. I don't know where I would be without such knowledge and guidance.

How I live my faith

Ever since I came back into fellowship within the church, I have been so blessed to work with the youth of our area. I have been serving in the scouting program. It started as me assisting in the Cub Scout program, which is done through our individual ward, or congregation. I worked through all levels of the Cub Scouting Program for over six years. I recently was asked to assist in the Boy Scout program. I have been having so much fun, because now I can still work with those boys who were once my Cub Scouts and are now full fledged Boy Scouts. This experience in the Scouting program has helped me in my daily life as a mother of two young men and as a police officer who has daily contact with the young people of my community. I can apply the Cub Scout or Boy Scout motto's, Oath's and ideals to everyone around me. Whether it's "Be Prepared," or "Do a Good Turn Daily" or just living a high moral standard, as stated in the Scouting Code, I can live a trustworthy, loyal, curteous, kind, helpful, thrifty, brave, friendly, clean, obediant and reverant life. These are the same qualities I need to have as a police officer. Since I am a girl, I cannot be a "Boy Scout" but I can live their creeds and show others of my commitment to personal excellence. The ideas and things taught in the Scouting program mirror that of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who said to Love One Another, give Charity, Serve others, and Love God. I love helping others and serving in my community, which shows our Savior's love and the love our Heavenly Father has for all of us.