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Hi I'm Terry Anne

I grew up in a small town in Idaho. I work as a Recreational Therapy Manager for a nursing facility. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a town of about 800 people in Idaho. I have two wonderful parents, six strapping, brothers and one adorable sister. Growing up I always wanted to be like the rest of my family. Talented in athletics, music, intellectual abilities, and charm...but I was just average in them all. I always dreamed my life would turn out as I imagined and wanted it to. Graduating from high school with honors, going to Utah State University, finding the one and only handsome hunk who I'd want to spend the rest of eternity with, finishing school, having children, and living happily ever after. Although I have no complaints about my life, it hasn't exactly turned out how I imagined. I did graduate from high school, although definitely not as a valedictorian. I told my parents I wanted to go to Utah State where my sister was at. I told them I wanted to be different from all the other LDS kids at my school and not go to a BYU. My mom strongly encouraged me to apply to BYU-Idaho. I purposely wrote a bad essay in hopes this would disqualify me for acceptance. The Lord knew better and I was accepted. I bawled my eyes out on receiving my acceptance letter. However, I went and of course, I loved my time there. Next, I never planned or even wanted to serve a mission. I served a mission and loved it. Most recently a couple of years ago, I told the Lord I would go anywhere after graduation, but Utah. Lo and behold I now live in Utah and love it. Lesson learned? The Lord knows best.

Why I am a Mormon

I really don't know if I can adequately express why I am a Mormon in only 2,000 characters, but I will do my best. The number one reason I am a Mormon is because I know it's true. I can't say I absolutely knew it was true when I was first baptized at age eight. I believed it was. I knew my parents knew it was true. I knew I trusted my parents and they had always been wonderful exemplars to me, but by that age I hadn't done what it took to gain a knowledge of its' truthfulness. Over the years I have had so many faith building experience to where I now know and as long as I continue to nurture my faith, I will always know, it is true. Earlier in the "About Me" section I described several different situations where I chose to follow the inspiration I had received rather than to do the things I really wanted to do at the time. Each time I have followed this inspiration, I have ended up being extremely satisfied and happy with my choice to do so. I am a Mormon, because the Gift of the Holy Ghost, which we receive at baptism by the laying on of hands by one possessing the Priesthood of God, really can and does direct me throughout my life. I am a Mormon because when I follow the prophets, both living and dead, I am happier. In Matt. 7:15-16 we are warned of false prophets, but then told we will know them by their fruits. As I have followed their council, I have never been led astray. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon over and over and over again. In doing so, I have found that when I live by its' principles and guidance, I am able to accomplish my daily tasks with ease, knowing I am in good standing with the Lord. I am a Mormon because it is the only organization on Earth established as the one Jesus Christ founded with prophets, apostles, and Priesthood power and authority (God's power given to men on Earth). Jesus Christ himself leads this church through continued revelation. God hasn't abandoned us! I am a Mormon because it's true.

How I live my faith

To the world, I am a nobody. I've never starred in a movie or saved 10,000 lives in a heroic action. I've never even met anyone really famous. I've never scored the final goal in a world cup. In fact, if you were to ask anyone outside of my circle of friends about me, they'd most likely say "Who in the world is that?" I've learned over the years though, this is not what really matters. Daily, I try to live my life so I can be an example of goodness and hope to those around me. Am I perfect at this? Absolutely not! I try though and this is what brings happiness to my life every day. In the clothes I wear, the words I speak, my attitude toward life and others, even in the food and beverages I put into my body.These seemingly insignificant acts add up and are the reason I am who I am. By showing faith in Jesus Christ and in his gospel and teachings, I have become the person I am. In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Alma teaches "...that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass (Alma 37:6)." I believe my choices to obey the Lord's call he declares through his prophets too can make "...great things things come to pass." Each day I strive to be a little better. I try to be a little kinder, more understanding, happier. Through these simple acts, I am making a difference in the lives of those around me. I try to do as Jesus taught in Matt 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."