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Hi I'm Terre Short

I am born and raised in Salt Lake City, currently live in Herriman, and yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an active Geocacher. This "sport" was started in May of 2000 near Portland, Oregon, USA. Essentially its a treasure hunt with a hand held GPS (Global Positioning System). The "cache containers" range in size from your finger nail to a military grade ammo can and larger. I've been geocaching since November 2007, and have found nearly 350 geocaches. Through the pin-point accuracy that a GPS unit brings, I am able to see things on this Earth that only a few others may have seen. Its a testimony in its self that God is indeed the "Master-Engineer" of the world. While I am in the outdoors, I shift my focus from the sometimes hectic and crazy world we live in to that of an enjoyable activity that enables me to relax and calm down. I enjoy the outdoors because it gives me my own personal time to reflect on past memories and make enjoyable new ones. For my future profession and career, I want to become either a Mechanical or an Aeronautical Engineer. As a young child, I remember thinking locomotives were the coolest invention ever made, so the possibility is there for me as a side profession to work, design, and/or fix locomotives. My LDS mission in Nashville Tennessee and Kentucky has opened my eyes to make me understand how grateful I am to be a member of this church. Seeing all the different denominations in the "Bible Belt" makes me realize the importance of the restored and eternal truths that are within the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am born and raised in the church. Both of my parents served Their LDS missions in New Zealand, (where they met each other) and are active in the church today. Also, my grandfather and his family sold their home in England and moved to Utah to practice their faith in 1952. Without the solid dedication my second-generation family had, I think I would not be a member today. Because of how important it was for them to make the sacrifice and the near impossible trek to move to Utah, makes me proud and honored to continue their legacy as a member of the church wherever I attend. My father served his mission in what was later filmed in the movie "The Other Side of Heaven", while my grandfather served his mission as one of President Thomas S. Monson's missionaries in Canada.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith is simple: service. Not just for the Lord, but for your neighbors and surrounding areas. I received my Eagle Scout award, and one requirement in order for you to receive it is to to serve others, not just yourself. Just as a Book of Mormon Prophet testifies of "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God" Mosiah 2:17 One act of service I did, was to reseed the mountain side located directly south of me in Herriman Utah. In August 2010, the "Machine Gun Wildfire" engulfed the entire mountain side in flame. I as well as thousands of others within the community served by spreading seed to help the mountain side grow and become green again. I did not need to assist in spreading the seed, but I did because I felt as a citizen of the city that I should help. Now, nearly two years later, the burn scar is somewhat visible, but it is being swallowed up by the sagebrush and small trees that I assisted in planting. That is an amazing feeling: to know that I helped the community in a way that I never would have thought possible. That is service, serving others and not really knowing what the outcome will be, that is how I live my faith. Through serving a mission, I was able to be an instrument in the Lords hands to bring to pass his mighty purposes. That is an act of service: enabling myself to be used for the benefit of others

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Terre Short
As what it states in Matthew 28:19, we are to "teach all nations". All the ancient apostles, the famous one of Paul of Tarsus traveled hundreds of miles to testify of the good word of Jesus Christ. Missionaries are repeating that process, accept instead of there being only 12 or so on the earth, there is over 80,000 doing the exact same thing as in the ancient times of Jesus Christ Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Terre Short
It is simply a commandment of God, just like any of the 10 Commandments. Through the 10% we honestly pay! we assist the church in temple building, missionary efforts, worldly aid, and many more things. In return, God in Malachi 3:8-10 promises us "a blessing", a reward for obeying Gods law, that gives me more of a reason to obey it. Who doesn't want to be blessed by God? Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Terre Short
To explain this authority needed for the priesthood to operate, say you needed a heart transplant and while waiting in the hospital, the janitor comes in and says "we need to perform this surgery", personally, I am not going to listen to him. Instead let's say you were at the Vanderbilt Medical Hospital (Nashville, Tennessee, USA, and within top 5 hospitals in USA) and a PHD of 10 years says the same thing, which one would you listen to? The PHD of course, he has the training, the authority and knowledge to understand the reasons for what is occurring where the janitor may have the heart, but not the understanding and the reasons. Same with the priesthood, if it isn't from God, then you are being misinformed by a "janitor" Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Terre Short
You can say the Book of Mormon is an autobiography. An ancient historian named Mormon acted like a librarian you can say. He found all the records and compiled them to the Book of Mormon that exists today. Due to him being the compiler of the records, the book was named in his memory: hence the title the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Terre Short
It is only a recommendation for members to serve a mission. Through your careless service, someone will be blessed through your efforts and become converted. When you serve, there is at least one person destined for you to assist them in gaining more faith. For that reason alone, is why I decided to serve a mission. If I don't go out and serve and find that one destined person and spiritually uplift them, the failed attempt will be on my head and I will feel shameful at the Judgement bar of God Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Terre Short
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We only recognize him for his efforts in restoring back Christ's ancient church. Just like any other ancient prophet, like Moses. We don't worship him, we only recognize him as a instrument in the hands of God to bring to pass his righteous purposes, for Moses' case, it was parting the Red Sea and leading the Israelites out of bondage. Joseph Smith was only a tool in bringing back the truth that has been lost for centuries. God and his son Jesus Christ is whom we worship. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Terre Short
Due to me being active in the sport of Geocaching, I love being in the outdoors. By so doing, it has given me the respect to God that nature deserves. Just the beauty of the world is enough evidence to convince me that there is a God and he loves me enough to make the wooded forests for my personal satisfaction Show more Show less