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Hi I'm Terry Dodds

I'm a Mormon. I'm a retired CPA and father of 12 children and 45 grandchildren. I wamt to be a positive influence in the world.

About Me

I graduated with an accounting degree from Brigham Young University in 1971 and worked for a year in Phoenix before moving back to Idaho where I was raised. On the way I met and married Cathy. We have raised 12 children together. They are all grown, now, so we are serving a mission in Chile. 50+ years ago I served in the West Spanish American Mission (California, Arizona, Nevada). There is a big difference between working with people who speak Spanish but live in the US and living and serving in a country that speaks Spanish all the time. I worked as a Certified Public Accountant for 45 years, 40 of those in my own practice. All but about a year of those 40 years I was a sole-practitioner. That is, I did not have partners that I worked with. I became quite involved with our professional organizations on the state and national levels speaking at several conventions about accounting in a small firm. In fact, I wrote a book on being a sole-practitioner in an accounting firm that was published by the American Institute of CPAs in 1998. As you might imagine, being in a very small accounting practice and raising 12 children (6 boys and 6 girls) didn't leave much time to develop a lot of hobbies, and I don't expect I will be taking any up while in Chile on my mission. Perhaps I will get a chance to do some camping and learn how to fish when I get back.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? That's a good question. Initially it was because my parents were members. My mother came from a Mormon background. Her father was a member and her mother joined when Mom was young. My father, however, was the only member in his family. He was not a member when he and my mother were married. He joined when I was two or three. Actually, Mom would go to church on Sunday and leave my dad at home to babysit. After enduring this for a short time, Dad decided it was easier to go to church with Mom than to stay at home with me, so he started going. He read the Book of Mormon and received a witness that it was true. So he accepted baptism and he and Mom and we five children were active in the church from then on. I never was a "free spirit." I was more of a "straight arrow." I guess I really never saw the point in doing things that were ultimately not going to make me happy. It's not that hard to make good choices when you take the time to consider the results long-term.

How I live my faith

I always believed it was important to give back to the community in which one lives. Cathy and I raised our children in Twin Falls, the town where I was raised. I enjoyed the opportunity of working with others in our community to help improve it. Probably my most prominent involvement was as a member of the Magic Valley Regional Medical Center Health Foundation. I spent nine years on the Foundation board, two of those as its president. It was during my tenure that I was able to work with others in an effort to merge our County owned hospital with the St. Lukes Healthcare System. It was very satisfying to me to see a state-of-the-art hospital built in our community after the vote to merge was overwhelmingly in the affirmative. I also spent six years on the Twin Falls Public Library Foundation board and about five years on the Southern Idaho Learning Center board. Each of these experiences made a difference in our community, but they also made a difference in me. Being a sole practicing CPA, I was the ultimate authority on everything. It was an eye-opening experience working on these boards to recognize that other people had good ideas, too. I found that listening to those opinions and ideas helped me see things from a different perspective. Their input was valuable and often more insightful than what I originally thought. I also gave service in our local Church congregations. Probably my favorite calling was teaching young children. I spent two years teaching the four-year-olds. Unfortunately I spent many more years than that teaching their parents in Sunday School. For many years I worked in administrative capacities, but I always like teaching the best.