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Hi I'm Terry

I'm married and have four children and ten grandchildren. I retired from the US Air Force. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 My wife and I have been hobby gardeners for 36 years. We've been to Europe and many places in the United States while serving in the military. It was a great education for our whole family visiting with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I believe our Heavenly Father enjoys variety. He allows His children to be born and grow-up in a multitude of different cultures, religions, and races.

Why I am a Mormon

 I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 16 years old. When I made that committment and felt the influence of the Holy Ghost, I yearned to learn all I could about the Messiah. I read the Bible. I decided I wanted to be a minister. A high school friend gave me a Book of Mormon. I was a Baptist at the time. However, I went to a local Nazarene College to study for the ministry. I came to the conclusion that I would search for the Church that was most like the ancient church described in the New Testament. I went to other churches Pentacostal, Methodist, Seventh Day Adventist. All had wonderful devotees. I had read the Book of Mormon and had felt the power of the Spirit when I read it. I decided to attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After studying with the missionaries and receiving many powerful spiritual confirmations, I was baptized. I know the Book of Mormon is another witness of the Christ and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. 

How I live my faith

 Every morning I greet Heavenly Father in prayer and thank Him for my family, my freedom, the restored gospel that answers so many questions about the meaning of life, and the Savior's atonement. My wife and I read the scriptures most every night before we retire. Having the connection with the Holy Ghost as our constant companion is essential for happiness, joy and comfort in the face of various challenges in life. I currently serve in the church as a home teacher and cub scout committee chairman. I've had many others "callings" or assignments. All of them helped me to grow spiritually and to serve others in our ward / congregation. 

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Terry
The Book of Mormon is different in that it was recorded by a people who were separated from their bretheren in Jerusalem by the sea on another continent. Ironically and marvelously the Bible testifies of the coming forth of this book. Isaiah chapter 29 describes a book that would have a "familiar spirit", come "out of the ground" and help the spiritually "blind" to "see out of obscurity". These prophecies and others in Ezekiel were fullfilled with the coming forth of the Book or Mormon. Joseph Smith was directed to the location of the record by the angel Moroni. Moroni had been the last custodial prophet of this record. As a resurrected messenger from God, he fullfilled another prophecy recorded in the book of Revelation 14 6-7.  Show more Show less