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Hi I'm Terie

I am invested in helping others. My husband and I own 2 treatment centers for troubled youth. I am a mother of 6. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up mainly in Wyoming and Oregon. After marriage my husband joined the military where we had many great experiences in Georgia and in Germany. Afterwards we focused all our efforts on getting our education and raising our growing family. When my husband was called away to the first gulf war I was invited to apply to graduate school by a professor. This started a new direction for our family as my husband and I both decided to get our doctorates in Learning Psychology. By the time we graduated we had five children and a year later we had our sixth child. In these years of writing our dissertations, teaching college classes and working for professors, we also lived at a newly built Residential Treatment center for troubled youth. This hard work and dedication has proved invaluable in the success of our careers and of our family. A few years later we bought the program and then expanded into the house next door as a treatment center for girls. Our goal is to help these youth learn appropriate life skills and help them become productive adults. My hobbies include running, road biking, spending time with my family and reading. In my free time I like to go boating with my family in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. Ten years ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 Melanoma cancer. After three surgeries and a year of chemotherapy, I am grateful to be alive. Today my kids range from age 14 to 27. Three of my kids are married and we have two grand-kids.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the church, I had to decide for myself as a teenager whether my beliefs were founded on truth. I was never forced to be a Mormon, but as I grew I came to understand the truth of this doctrine and I developed my own testimony of this church. Frankly, I cannot imagine going through life without having faith in a loving God, who is my Heavenly Father. Ten years ago when I was diagnosed with Melanoma cancer I was faced with the real possibility that I could die. One cannot even begin to describe the self evaluation and new perspective that forms when faced with death. I recognized during that year of Chemotherapy how grateful I was for a loving, involved Heavenly Father and for Jesus Christ, who atoned for all my sins. This knowledge gave me hope and peace even when despair tried to overwhelm me. Even in my darkest hours I felt the surrounding love and sweet comfort that calmed my troubled heart. It was because of that calm assurance that I was able to face this significant trial without fear. Now ten years later I am still alive. But, like most people, every day is filled with the pressures and stresses of life. Because of our business in working with troubled youth, there are constant emergencies and reasons to feel overwhelmed. I often wonder how any one could go through life without the knowledge of personal prayers and that heart-felt prayers are answered. There are many times at work and at home when I may feel overwhelmed with a particular challenge. At these times I find a quite room to pray for guidance and direction. Needed guidance and peace comes and I continue my day with a calm assurance that all is well, and it is. I have an absolute knowledge that there is life after death, that God lives and loves his children, and that we can pray over small things and big things. This knowledge gives me confidence to function in a ever-changing and unstable world. It gives me peace and gives me daily direction.

How I live my faith

I read my scriptures every day and pray several times a day. These daily habits are the foundation of my beliefs and security in this unstable world. I also attend the temple every week with my husband and feel such a peaceful feeling when I am there. Our family attends church every Sunday and we try to attend other activities held during the week. It is a great opportunity to be around others and to make new friends. Right now I serve as the Stake Young Women president. In our stake there are eight wards (similar to a parish), which have 15-40 young women in each ward. My responsibilities are to help train new ward Young Women presidents and help organize stake youth activities, such as girl's camp and youth conferences. We also organize youth dances and sports teams for the young women and young men. Sometimes I am asked to speak at youth meetings or stake events. I enjoy speaking to the youth as they are so enthusiastic and righteous. I also work with a group of youth who serve on our stake youth committee. With the input of the youth, we plan large activities, dances and youth conferences. This service has been such a great opportunity for me especially because of our business where my husband and I work with troubled youth. I see so many challenges that the youth in our treatment centers face and it is in such contrast to the young women I work with at church. The young women at church are generally confident and happy. They are making good choices with their lives and have a desire to serve others. It has been a blessing working with them. My greatest joy is being with my family. We are blessed in that everyone is so close to each other and we love to be together. My oldest three children are married and have great spouses. I love my two daughter-in-laws and one son-in-law. But best of all I love my two grand daughters. Living the gospel brings such joy in knowing that we can always be together as a family.