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Hi I'm Teri

I grew up in NY state. I have lived in NY, NJ, TX, IL & NC. I am married. My husband and I have 6 awesome kids. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a proud Mom of 6 awesome kids. I love that my days are so busy with them that I barely get to sit down. I love being a taxi, hairdresser, accountant, shoulder to cry on and all the other things that come with the great role of motherhood. My husband and I have been married for 16 years and as we go forward learning and living the teachings of Christ, many more years are ahead of us blessed with great adventures and wonderful experiences. I love to cook, although with 8 different mouths and 8 different sets of taste buds menu planning is becoming more and more challenging. I love my practically daily breakfasts/lunches with my friends after the kids are dropped off at school. What a great blessing to be able to share my joys and challenges with friends who are always there for me and know that I am there for them. My house is also filled with many critters that we enjoy. Fish, dogs, chickens, guinea pigs and a cat and a snake currently reside with us. And....I wouldn't have it any other way.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 11 years old after my mother welcomed the missionaries into our home. I spent many years struggling to build my own testimony as life challenges seem to get the best of me for some time. When I became the guardian of my younger brother(12) and sister(9) when I was just 22 years old, things in my world got real. I understood that life wasn't just about me and that I needed to depend on a greater power to get through each day. Being a member of the Lord's church and having the Holy Ghost to comfort and guide me each day is the only way I have survived life's daily struggles. I would have given up years ago if not for the knowledge that these struggles are necessary for growth and that there is Eternity to look forward to. Knowing that the Atonement of Jesus Christ was a gift to us not just for Eternal Salvation but to also feel of His love and bring joy to our lives during the struggles of mortality. Each day seems a bit more tolerable knowing that no matter what; forgiveness, repentance and faith can bring us joy in this life on Earth.

How I live my faith

I currently teach the 4 year olds. Each week is filled with sweet spirits and the most pure curiosity in and desire to understand the Gospel. Most of my time is consumed by my own children. I have 3 teenagers and that means guidance is essential. I also have 3 younger children that are learning to build their own faith and built a testimony of their own. As I guide them through these years of learning and growing, my prayer for them is that they will grow to depend on the Lord and love to live the Gospel each day. I love to go 'visiting teaching', this is a time for the adult woman to get to know each other, fellowship with each other and share our talents with each other. It is a great opportunity to serve without even knowing it! I am a leader of a Girl Scout troop of teenage girls. I am active with the Boy Scouts by volunteering my time and talents as the Program Director for our local council Cub Scout day camp. I volunteer at my children schools through PTA. I would much rather spend my time volunteering with others that being at home...I feel like I'm expected to clean up the house when I am here and that's just no fun! Living the Gospel everyday while participating in each of these activities is what makes it possible. I couldn't do the things I have been blessed with in my life without the Lord's help and guidance through every step. Life has many challenges but living the Gospel doesn't have to be a challenge. Through prayer, scripture study and service (starting at home), all things can be accomplished, be it they are worthy tasks. Prioritizing is a must and with that comes a better understanding of what is truly important.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Church for us is like no other I know. First we have the opportunity to listen to others talk to us about gospel principles and how they apply to us today, with real life experiences, references to scripture from the past and teaching of modern day prophets. We then go to Sunday School and learn more about the Gospel through study from different works of Standard Scripture. Taught by our peers and explained in ways that relate to us today. Lastly, we gather with either the men(Priesthood) or women(Relief Society) depending on your own gender. Again, during this time we are enriched by learning and teaching to our peers, who have similar experiences. We have a time where we can grow with each other and learn more about our own purpose and how to achieve joy during this life through supporting and uplifting one another. Visitors are always welcome! And, if you don't think you are up for the staying the whole time while visiting, that's OK. You can visit any portion of our service whenever you would like. Show more Show less