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Hi I'm Terrall

I'm a college basketball fanatic, backpacker, amateur photographer and a landscape architect. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I studied landscape architecture at Utah State and Harvard University. I am a principal in a fantastic design firm named Design Workshop and live in Salt Lake City. I love the landscapes and great outdoor spaces of the American West from Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons just north of here to the surreal horizons of the Great Salt Lake and Great Basin to the incomparable red rock canyons of the southern Utah and the Colorado Plateau. I love nothing more than being out in it all, disconnecting from technology and feeling connected to the real world of nature. It teaches, humbles and inspires me. I enjoy trying to photograph these places because it forces me to see and observe the beauty and complexity of the things that are all around me with greater clarity and focus. And I love being a landscape architect and working hard to create great and memorable places for people. I am a die-hard Utah State athletics fan, with season tickets in both football and basketball. The best place to be on a cold winter's night is in the confines of the crazy Smith Spectrum watching the Aggies on the hardwood play in front of their incredible student crowd. I am grateful for my family, my country and for the good people that are around me every day - both those that I know and those that I don't - both those that I agree with and those that I don't. That is what makes life interesting and enjoyable.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because my Father in Heaven answered me directly and powerfully when I sincerely prayed to know if it was all real. I learned for myself that it is real. I lost my faith for a season and came to think that everything that I had been taught growing up, while well-intended and even beautiful, was ultimately a feel-good story that helped people through the difficulties of life. My faith crisis was a wrenching time of anguish as my world-view collapsed around me. But through all of the doubt, despair and difficulty, I could never deny the spiritual confirmations I had received as a boy and as a missionary. I could not explain them away so I buried them deep inside of me and tried to forget about them. On one particularly bad night, I felt had no where left to turn. I had explored every other conceivable possibility for living a meaningful life and found each one hollow and empty. After having not earnestly prayed in a long, long time, I found a solitary place and poured out my whole soul. It was a desperation prayer. I promised God that if He was actually there and if this was really HIs Church that I would do whatever He wanted me to do. I was immediately surrounded and filled with such an overpowering sweetness, peace and knowledge of His unconditional love for me that it cannot be described. This very personal revelation, in addition to smaller ones before and since, is the chief reason that I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am the clerk for my local congregation called a ward. I am responsible for helping to facilitate the day-to-day administration of the ward including record-keeping, ward history and finances. I am constantly amazed at the generous contributions of the regular people of my ward for use in humanitarian aid, welfare and educational assistance, and general Church functions. I am privileged to closely observe how our Bishop, his counselors and other leaders care for people in and out of the Church, both spiritually and in their everyday lives. They provide financial assistance to those experiencing hardship, organize efforts to serve others who could use help of any kind, pray for direction and guidance and actively look for ways to bless lives. While we are all ordinary people and none of us are perfect by any means, I have seen firsthand the powerful devotion to and love of others that comes when one has truly felt the love of God and His blessings in his or her own life. Joseph Smith, the first leader of our Church said that once a person has felt the true love of God in their heart and knows that we are all spiritual brothers and sisters in a very real sense, that that person is no longer content to just bless the lives of those immediately around them, but will wander the earth seeking to bless and serve everyone they meet. I have seen that love manifest towards others in many ways in the humble lives of the people of my ward. I am truly grateful for that.