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Hi I'm Teri Hanna

I grew up in the city but love living in the country. We keep honeybees and grow a large garden. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of four children, stepmother of three and grandmother to one. I've enjoyed being a private investigator in Miami, a Fraud Administrator for Verizon, a Technical Writer for a software company, but absolutely love being a mom the most. It is my favorite job. I grew up as the oldest of six children. Our mother died when I was 11. I have spent my life wanting my mom to be proud of me. She taught me what it means to to be kind, gentle and loving. My mom gave me a ukulele for Christmas one year and I am learning how to play it all over again. We like to sing in our family. I love to grow a garden in the winter. I love family history and discovering new relatives and connecting with them. I love learning new things. In college, I studied English and literature. I love good books. I built my own family library. One of my sons says he will acquire my library one book at a time, as he visits me, I share. My husband and I met online and he gave up everything to move out to North Carolina to marry me. I am the luckiest girl! He teaches first grade and is a Boy Scout Leader. He is the best man I've ever met and my sweetheart. I homeschool my youngest child. We take field trips and study all kinds of things via the internet. We also go to elementary school and help my husband's first grade class have fun parties and activities. I am a mom, a wife, a beekeeper, a former Master Gardener, a photographer, and a beginning ukulele player.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon 34 years ago when 2 missionaries came to my door to share a message. I wasn't home but my husband asked them to come back when I would be home. When I learned he invited missionaries over to talk about religion, I wasn't happy. I told him he could have visitors and I would be in the closet because I didn't want to talk to anyone about religion. On the day of the appointment, a blizzard hit our southern town and no one left their homes because of ice. I thought, "Oh good, our appointment is cancelled." At the appointed time, there was a knock on the door and when I opened it, I saw two missionaries standing on the porch with their bikes and tracks leading through the snow. Their dedication melted my heart and I invited them to come in. They shared a message about the restored gospel and invited us to read the Book of Mormon and to pray to know if it came from God. I read the Book of Mormon and asked God if it was true and if it came from Him. Through prayer, the heavens opened and for the first time in my life, I received light and knowledge directly from God that it is indeed true! The missionaries shared with us the Plan of Salvation or the great Plan of Happiness which includes a pre-mortal life, a mortal life and a spirit world after death. I came to know where we came from, why we are here and where we are going. The plan of salvation was so familiar to me, I felt I had heard it before but no one in this life had shared it with me until now. I couldn't wait for the missionaries to come back and teach me more. Soon my husband and I were baptized. I am a Mormon because God revealed to me through the Holy Ghost that this is His true church restored in our day. I know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. I know He is our Redeemer and He is mighty to save. I know He atoned for our sins, if we will but repent. I know He lives and He loves us. I know the Book of Mormon is the Word of God. I know Joseph Smith is a prophet of God.

How I live my faith

As a volunteer in my church, I help others learn how to be more self reliant such as growing a family vegetable garden, storing an emergency supply of food, making and sticking to a budget and preparing for emergencies. I visit congregations in my area and teach "How to Start a Garden" to other women. I love to talk about gardens and how to get seeds to grow. Seeds are a miracle to me, they are alive and full of life. I am a former Red Cross Disaster Educator. I also have a few women who I contact each month to see how I can help or serve them. Sometimes they need a meal or a ride or someone to listen to. They are a blessing to me. It is my happiness to give of myself in service to others.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Teri Hanna
As I read the Book of Mormon, the Bible and other scriptures I grow closer to God. I come to know that our Heavenly Father loves me and knows me and my daily trials. I come to know that Jesus is the Christ and that He lives. As I read the scriptures, I feel as though He is walking with me through this life and beckons me to "Come follow Him". Many times as I read, I receive answers to my questions or problems. Revelation flows from the Holy Ghost. I receive light and knowledge that helps me make good decisions. The Spirit also affirms to my heart that the words that I am reading are true and come from God. I am strengthened against the evils of this world, and my heart is softened to the things of God. These gifts are available to all who have a sincere desire to know God and who ask him with true intent. I love the scriptures and feast upon them regularly. One of my favorite blessings in reading them is to feel the love of God for me. He knows me and loves me. Reading the scriptures opens my heart to receive His word and His love. I enjoy drinking deeply from the words of prophets and apostles, they give me hope of a better world to come. I also feel the Lord chastening me to become better and to love others as He does. As I read the scriptures, the Spirit never fails to come to me. It is one of the things I love the most about opening the Book of Mormon. The scriptures are a blessing in my life. I love them. Show more Show less