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Hi I'm Theresa

I grew up in southern California, have two grown children, and love investigating family history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a home challenged by my mother's multiple sclerosis and contributed to the household with cooking and cleaning responsibilities at an early age. She died when I was 15 years old. That being said, my parents always made me feel loved and appreciated. Although I was raised in the same house in California during all my elementary school years and beginning college, since then I have lived in a variety of places. These include Washington state, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, New York and Germany. I have enjoyed all of them. My children have graduated from college, but live faraway in California and New York. I fill my time with a passion for family history research and teaching an adult Sunday School class.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a part-member family. That was unique among all of my mother's brothers and sisters, where everyone was a church member; and also on my father's side of the family, where none of them were members of the Church. I grew up happy and very grateful for the love and confidence of my parents, but had an overwhelming desire to have the blessings of the priesthood in my home. I think I was born with a testimony of the gospel, knowing that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and that Joseph Smith was sent to restore authority that had been lost. I love the Book of Mormon, which is a precious gift to us, given that we might recognize these amazing truths. I can't remember when I received a knowledge of these things, but I know they are true, and this knowledge has guided my life. My personal motto is a phrase taken from the Doctrine and Covenants 90:24, "Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly." Every challenge of my life has testified that the gospel is true, my Savior loves me, and He is willing to give me hope and direction. I am so grateful for the peace that gives me.

How I live my faith

Changing locations every few years requires making many new friends. Fortunately, this is much easier because of the support group we find at church. My husband and I are always excited to serve in whatever capacities are needed in our new congregation. I have planned large and small activities, served as the secretary of a few organizations, led cub scouts, been the director of organizations for children, youth, and women, but my love is in teaching the gospel - which I have done for various age groups.