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Hi I'm Teresa

I'm a wife, a mother of 5 girls, and a new grandma. My degree is in biology, and my current hobby is quilting.

About Me

I grew up in Virginia in a community warm with Southern hospitality. I loved school, our big yard, my faith and my family. I went to college in Utah and studied 2 of favorite things: science and sewing. I met a great man in my science classes and we were married as undergrads. Over the years, we got our degrees, were blessed with one daughter after another, and we've been coast to coast with my husband's career in chemistry. We both love the meshing of our faith with the truths of science in the world around us. Our family and our love of God have anchored us through the ups and downs that we know we came here to face. My husband's work allowed me to be at home with our 5 daughters full time, and I have no regrets. The wheels of life have turned quickly, and currently 2 are married, 2 are serving as missionaries, and one is still home with us. I've spent hours, days, and weeks, on the playground, on the soccer fields, in the car, in PTO meetings, at the sewing machine, on camping trips, in the kitchen, in the stands, at concerts, and at church. And that's how I like it!

Why I am a Mormon

I come from Mormon pioneer heritage, but that doesn't mean I'm automatically a follower. I've seen and heard examples of incredible dedication and faith by my ancestors, but I carry on the legacy because I have learned, by doing, that I am the happiest when I align my life with what God has outlined. Mormons have been in a small minority everywhere I've lived except for my college years. I've seen so many people misinformed about who we are and what we believe in. So I love a chance to clear up the facts and explain. And, I've seen many people convert to this way of life from previous paths and experience a joy and peace that they were missing before. I've studied the gospel of Jesus Christ my entire life. My parents taught it to me as a child and since I love learning, I studied the teachings on my own as I became old enough. We teach that anyone can learn of God and His truths and then simply ask Him directly for a confirmation of the truth, and expect an answer. So I tried that as a teenager. I sincerely needed to have my own witness of what I was doing. When we kneel in prayer, and sincerely ask, He will give us an answer by the way we feel in our heart and soul. My teenage prayer was answered. I knew I was in the right place being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I knew that Joseph Smith really did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and that he was led to bring forth the Book of Mormon to a world of God's people that desperately needed direction. He established a small church in 1830, which because it has the fullness of truth, has grown to be a worldwide church that prepares for the return of our Savior to the earth. That teenage prayer has been answered time and time again as I have used Christ's precepts as a formula for my adult life over and over. My life has been rich and full by following the truths of this gospel. I invite you to learn more.

How I live my faith

I live my faith with regular home worship and going to church, and doing my best to follow the things The Lord has commanded. I read the scriptures daily to feel inspired, directed and comforted. I pray to Him in the morning and at the close of the day and anytime I need to talk in between. I partner with my husband in teaching our children values and the standards that we follow as Mormons that are becoming more and more unique in this world. We weekly have a family night set aside as a structured teaching time and we daily have family prayer to start and end the day. When it comes to serving others, my family gets first priority as I meet their needs, and then I look for opportunities to help others. I watch their kids, I listen, I go to doctor appointments with them, I volunteer at school, I visit homes and share ideas of what has helped me, I alter clothing as people need. I trust these things are what the Savior would have me do with my time. In the church, I've been given various responsibilities. I've worked in the women's organization teaching and organizing service projects. I've taught the young children music and doctrine. I taught the gospel in 6 am seminary classes to high school students for 6 years while my own family was growing. Right now, I work with the young women, ages 12-18, teaching them and planning activities that foster the growth of their own faith. Faith in Jesus Christ anchors each of us and we have a responsibility to pass it on!