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Hi I'm Terry Miller

I grew up on on our family farm, became a scientist and then went back home, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm. Because our farm was next to the desert I spent a lot of time hunting arrowheads and rabbits. I married my high school sweetheart while at college. I earned a PhD in plant pathology. We raised 5 children of our own and a nephew. I love wood working and old cars. It sounds a little geeky but I also love nature and bird watching in particular. We had sheep on our farm each fall so I always had a Border collie sheep dog. After college I earned a position at an agricultural research center. After my dad had a heart attack I left that position at the university to return to the family farm. Shortly thereafter I started an agricultural research company that I am just now retiring from to serve a full time mission. I have been fortunate to have a successful business and a great family. All of my children learned to work hard on our family farm. Because I have been given much my wife and I want to give back. We would like to help others find as much happiness as we have experienced. Life has been good to us and we hope to do some good out of our comfort zone at this time in our life.

Why I am a Mormon

The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has provided me a life of spiritual fulfillment, peace of mind, true happiness free of contention, and six children and 19 grandchildren that continue to bring joy to my life. Being a Mormon is not just a belief, it is a way of life that allows me to enjoy true happiness. My relationship with my Father in Heaven and with His Son Jesus Christ has given direction, happiness and purpose to my life. This restored gospel has taught us to replace selfishness with selflessness. In so doing it has provided a new view of life. I am a recipient of the contentment that comes to those who allow the atonement of Jesus Christ to purify their lives. How can I express my gratitude for a family to enjoy in this life and through eternity? How do I explain the contentment experienced by living a life following the teachings of Jesus Christ? How do I thank God for what I have been given? I have to give back by doing what I can to influence others to experience these same blessings. Because I have had faith to believe I have been given knowledge. This knowledge has strengthened my faith and established a way life that has allowed me to recognize that this life can truly be remarkable. This understanding and faith gives strength in difficult times and a vision for a brighter future. I am frustrated in my attempt to describe how enjoyable life can be when guided by inspiration from God. Alma a Book of Mormon prophet best describes my feelings in chapter 29: 1 and 3. “1 O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people! 3 But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me.” I testily that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is truly the church of Jesus Christ and that He stands at its head.

How I live my faith

It has been my good fortune to be a youth leader for much of my adult life. Scouting experience with Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts and Explorer Scouts has been a joy with many rewards. I have been allowed to be in many other leadership and teachings positions. With each one I have grown personally and have appreciated the goodness of so many so willing to do so much for others. I have developed a trust in the goodness of God. I have seen the contrast between a self centered life and one centered on the teachings of Jesus Christ. When I follow His counsel things work out. I have found my formula for happiness in understanding and following the plan for life found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. With the support of my wife I have found it is not difficult to follow this plan because of the rewards both in this life and in the life to come outweigh any perceived sacrifice. I have hope that the way I have lived my faith is sufficient for my family to be together forever.