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Hi I'm Nadine Terry

I was raised in Salt Lake City and have eight brothers and sisters. I taught school for 30 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Mom and have four children and 12 grandchildren with one more on the way. I love to read, cook, and sew. Jogging, swimming, and yoga are also my passions. I love to work in the classroom as a teacher in all different grades and have taught school for 30 years. I have also substituted in all the grades and wrote four books to help teachers in the classroom teach basic math facts in an exciting way as well as inventing a new number line and Algebra line. It is wonderful to learn from all students and love to do activities with my children and grandchildren too. We have a yearly Halloween Party and Christmas Party where about 100 family members come, and a Valentine Party for the immediate family. There are lots of games and laughter. We visit my parents gravesite with the family every Memorial Day. My Mother died at Noon in February after a brief illness and then that night right before our family meeting to discuss what we would do, Daddy lay down on the bed. My sister walked into the room, turned on the light, looked at Daddy and noticed that he was dead. It had only been 15 minutes earlier he had laid down. So, Daddy died only 6 1/2 hours after Mother's death. Surely he died of a broken heart, since he hadn't been sick at all. There was no other choice but to have a double funeral. We were all sad, but united together for their final tribute. The family meets every summer for another party, too. Games, memorabilia, food, singing and fun is the agenda.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at the age of eight in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, which at that time all the people that were baptized went there. Now, the church has a baptismal font in all of the church stake centers. Daddy and I were by ourselves because my Mother had just given birth to my sister Jeannette and was unable to come. It was certainly a joyous occasion, however, and I have had a lot of fun growing up in the gospel. As children we played under all the tables at ward dinners, dropped papers from the top of the third flight of stairs to the garbage can below in the corner of the church, laughed and talked with all our friends during class time, and generally had a fabulous time learning about the gospel as we grew up. However, I discovered that it has always been fun to serve in the LDS church whether I was working with young children, going to youth camp with the teenagers, or teaching a class for any age group as well as Sunday School classes and classes for women. But, not only fun but satisfying beyond any other joy in knowing that I am serving the Lord. I know in my heart that what I am doing is right and I feel a wonderful sense of happiness.

How I live my faith

I have been assigned four ladies to visit and teach in my ward. The friendship that has evolved from our visits has been phenomenal. It is truly an inspired program as we love each other sharing our concerns, our lives, our worries, and our joys. It has also been wonderful to be taught by two very special ladies. They bring treats to my home, helped me prepare for my mission, spent four hours with me when I needed assistance selling my car, made me a special breakfast and are always giving me special words of encouragement. I also love doing activity days with the girls ages eight to twelve in my ward and neighborhood. We have made crafts, studied geneology, cooked pies, decorated floats, studied the Articles of Faith, had etiquette lessons, and have developed meaningful friendships. I have another wonderful friend. We worked together every Tuesday. She has helped me paint my house, restore items in my home, shopped, organized my closet, cleaned out my cupboards, and many other projects that were needed. I have helped her with sewing and the things that she needed done. Our friendship has grown as we talked, laughed, shared happy times and sorrows as well as accomplishing a lot of tasks. It was only 1 1/2 hours spent at her house and 1 1/2 hours at my house, and yet our achievements have been major as well as realizing the jobs would probably not have been completed on our own.