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Hi I'm Terrel

I grew up in Arizona. I have lived in Siberia and I have a BA and MA in Russian. I am in the US Navy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with a love for languages, as my parents both speak Spanish and my grandfather learned numerous languages throughout his life. That love for languages has led me to receive a graduate degree in Russian Language and Literature. In high school, I hated analyzing literature because my teachers made me feel like I didn't understand it like they did. I never thought I would have two degrees with a literature emphasis, yet alone teach literature. But I have taught literature/reading all the way from elementary levels to the college level. However, I am not currently teaching as I am now using my language skills as a translator. I have a beautiful wife who is incredible talented in anything she tries. She was an All-American athlete in college. Together we have coached a couple high school softball teams. We like to stay active by going jogging or biking down to the beach or playing basketball at the park. We have two incredible kids, a little boy and a girl. They have inherited our love to stay active and keep us on our toes all the time. My wife is a stay at home mom, but that doesn't mean they stay at home. Between the parks, beaches, library, swimming pool and anything else my wife can think of, she has passed on to our children a love for wholesome recreational activities.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have a solid testimony that this Church contains the fulness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and is the same organization that He established when he lived on this earth. Many people have asked if I am a Mormon just because my parents were, but the fact of the matter is, I chose this path for myself. I have not lived with my parents for almost ten years now, and still choose to be a member of this Church. At one point in my teenage years, someone asked me how I know that the Church is true. I simply told them, I just do. There has never been a point in my life where I have doubted the validity of that statement. At that point, I knelt down and prayed to Heavenly Father for a confirmation of my faith. The feelings that I received were that I have always known the truth and should never doubt that foundation of my faith. If you had the cure to a life threatening disease, would you keep it a secret or let everyone in the world know? I feel that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is similar to that cure. There is no way that I want to keep this just for myself. I want everyone around me to know of the truth that I hold dear and sacred.

How I live my faith

My wife and I love to volunteer with the spanish speaking members of our ward. She is a Spanish sunday school teacher and I help work with all the men in the ward in various capacities. The biggest way we live our faith, though is by constantly looking or taking advantage of missionary opportunities. As my wife is a convert herself, we both have experienced how missionary work has affected our lives. We have been involved in more convert baptisms since we have been married than I had on my entire mission.