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Hi I'm Terry Wilcox

I grew up in Idaho on a farm. I grow potatoes, wheat, barley, alfalfa, and beef cattle. I am a 5th generation Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of 6 daughters and 1 son (who died as a baby). Daughter number 3 had a reaction to penicillin during her senior year at Brigham Young University. She struggled for two and a half years before finally succumbing to the effects of the reaction. We learned much about ourselves, our dependence on the Lord, and about each other during that time. My wife had all our girls learn music, using the Suzuki Method. As they grew up, one of our daughters wanted to play the banjo, and soon we had a family bluegrass band. The oldest 4 girls had the opportunity to go to Europe in several bands that provided live music for dancers at International Dance Festivals. This summer our youngest daughter, our oldest 2 grandchildren, along with my wife and I, had the privilege of being the bluegrass band which played for a folk dance group, representing the USA at two dance festivals in Portugal. We met many wonderful people as we traveled and performed. All the members of our dance team were Mormons as well. We were the ones who didn't smoke and did not drink alcohol. Others often noticed how happy we were and how much fun we had.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that our Heavenly Father knows and loves each of us as his children, now, just as much as at any time in history. We need direction and guidance as much as the people during the time of Abraham or Moses or any of the prophets in history. I have found happiness and peace in that knowledge and understanding. I have studied and prayed and have a personal knowledge that God hears and answers our prayers and helps us as we seek Him and His help. The scriptures are a powerful tool. I believe the Book of Mormon to be what it says it is: a testimony of Jesus Christ and His works among the ancient people of the American continents. Because I know this, then I also believe that Joseph Smith was called to be a modern prophet for our time and that all of his successors in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have been called as prophets by God. As I look around at the things that are happening in the world, I can see that there is little time left before the Second coming of our Savior. The best place I can prepare and help my family prepare is within the Gospel of Jesus Christ and serving and growing as a member of the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have been very involved in our community and our church over the years. a short sketch would include 21 years in the Army National Guard, 14 years as a member of the Madison School Board of Trustees and currently a member of the Madison Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. I served a two year mission for the church to Australia, and have served in many positions in the church from Cub scouts and other Boy Scout and young men responsibilities to Ward and Stake missionary, High Council, High Priest Group leader and Bishop. These responsibilities have taught me and prepared me for other and future growth and responsibilities. Especially in looking back I can see the hand of the Lord preparing me and helping me and my family be the people we need to become. I have learned that real personal growth comes from the times that we need help the most, we feel stretched the most and rely on the Lord and our families to help us.