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Hi I'm Teresa Willnauer

I'm a photographer, speed walker and a health nut.

About Me

I graduated in 1983 from BYU in Interior Design. While I choose to be a stay at home mom, I was able to apply the design principles I learned to many aspects of my life. Creating beauty in various forms is an outlet for me and brings me great pleasure. When my oldest two children went to college I began a study of photography and ended up opening a part-time photography business in my home. After thirteen years I retired, but I still enjoy taking photographs of my family and capturing important milestones. My relationships with my husband, eight children (four by birth and four by marriage!), my eight grandchildren, and my extended family bring me my greatest joy. My husband and I are now empty nesters; actually we just sold the nest! After thirty-four years of marriage and raising a family we are entering a new chapter in our lives! We have long looked forward to two things, serving full-time missions together for our church and being able to travel to foreign countries, live with the people and learn about their culture. Let the adventures begin!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a fairly remote area of Maine. My mother was baptised into the church before I was born and my dad later joined when I was seven years old. They gave me my spiritual foundation. They taught me how to pray, study the scriptures, and serve. When I was in high school I participated in Seminary, an extensive study of The Old and New Testaments, The Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine & Covenants. Each morning before leaving for school I began my day with prayer and study of the daily seminary lesson and scriptures. It was during this time that I gained my own testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and my relationship to them. I learned that through consistent and meaningful prayer and study I could feel the spirit and receive personal revelation to guide me. Over the years personal experiences, service, and continued application of gospel principles has strengthened my testimony. I know I am a daughter of God and that he loves me and wants me to be happy. Indeed, I am very blessed and very happy!

How I live my faith

My favorite calling in the church was serving with my husband in the Addiction Recovery Program, a twelve step program augmented with the principles of the gospel and the sublime teachings of Jesus Christ. Some of our sweetest friendships were formed with the people we worked with. It was through my own participation that I learned everyone can apply these principles to overcome their weaknesses and shortcomings and be healed from emotional wounds. I most recently served as the president of the stake Relief Society, our church’s women's group. It was during this service that I learned how to more effectively seek and receive personal revelation. It is through personal prayer, scripture study and my many opportunities to serve in the church that I have grown closer to my Savior, my family, and those I serve. This service brings me great joy.