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Hi I'm Terry Cawthorne

I'm from the North East of England where I have lived most of my life, I am a retired teacher keeping busy.

About Me

I have been happily married since 1983. My wife and I have three girls. The eldest has been married since 2011 and has two young sons. The other two married in 2013 and each have one child each. My family is my pride and joy and I love spending time with them. Our grandchildren have brought a new joy to the family and we love playing with them. We look after them all on different days during the week as my daughters all work part time. I am retired and I have spent most of my working life teaching. I taught from year 1 to year 11 during my 35 years but spent most of my teaching children with Dyslexia and other related special needs. I found this work most rewarding and have many happy memories. I have always loved participating in a wide range of sports and particularly enjoyed playing football, running and cycling. As I grew older and had less time I participated less in sports but I still enjoy walking and cycling when I can. I also like watching football and have been a fan of Sunderland AFC since a child. I enjoy reading especially books about religion, football, history and science fiction. I also love to pursue my family history and find out about my ancestors. My wife and I enjoy occasional walks along the beautiful coastline not far from our home in South Shields. I love to travel to different areas of our country for excursions and holidays but particularly enjoy travelling to France.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 13 years old. I already had a firm faith in God and Jesus Christ at that time. I had always believed in Heavenly Father and Jesus and found comfort in the thought that they were watching over us and loved us. When the Mormon Missionaries taught us that Jesus' church had been restored again and that there were prophets and apostles on the earth once more it seemed to make sense to me. I was particularly impressed by the Plan of Salvation they explained. It was wonderful that it encompassed all of humankind past, present and future with everyone being given a fair chance at salvation. The emphasis on family was also very impressive to me. My family have always been important to me and the thought that we can be families in the afterlife as well is very comforting. The church has been very a positive influence in my life, encouraging me to be better and to try my best in every aspect, whether it be as a husband, parent, employee or citizen. It has given me a desire to learn not just of religion but of all subjects. I have studied and tried to learn both formally and informally all my life. My life has been more joyful and full because of the time I have spent in the church. It helps me relate better to people not just inside it but outside also. Now that I am retired my wife and I hope to go on a mission again for the church to help others and share our faith that has brought us so much comfort and strength in our lives.

How I live my faith

I love to attend church and learn about God and the important issues of life. I have taught classes of different ages and regularly speak in meetings. I have been an elder in the church for many years and enjoy serving my Heavenly Father by serving others. I visit members in their homes each month teaching religious messages while also discussing their different needs. When I was 20 I served a mission for the church in France for two years. I worked in the towns of Lyon, St Raphael, Marseille, Perpignan and Besancon. This involved me learning the French language as I worked. I really enjoyed sharing my faith with others and getting to know and respect people of different cultures. I met some amazing people from whom I learnt a great deal. I grew to love France, the French people and language and have returned there for holidays and visits from time to time when I have been able to. After returning from my mission I continued to be active in the church as well as studying to be a teacher. The work of the church is carried on by an unpaid ministry and each member can hold many and varied callings during their life. This they do in addition to their family and work commitments in their spare time. I have served in many positions in the church including Bishop for 7 years and Stake president for 9 years. A bishop is the leader of a local congregation and is responsible for their spiritual as well as temporal welfare. A stake president presides over a number of congregations in a geographical area and supports the bishops and others in their work. This is hard but rewarding work which brings you into contact with many wonderful and interesting people. You feel like you are making a valuable contribution and helping people to a more fulfilling life with the comforting thought of a still better life in the future.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Terry Cawthorne
Just as Jesus and his disciples gave help, support, relief and comfort where ever they found a need Mormons are encouraged to assist whoever they come across whether in the church or not. Mormons are generally very helpful individuals not only on a personal level but as a church generous aid is given in many countries through the church's humanitarian programme and community service is rendered through 'helping hands' projects. Show more Show less