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Hi I'm Terrie

I was a victim, but refused to remain victimized. Forgiveness healed, and strengthened me. I'm a Mormon

About Me

My passions are mostly family related: Keeping my large family connected through reunions, scrapbooks, digital annual family albums, and of course talking. We have eight children (four boys and four girls), eighteen grandchildren, and one great-grandaughter. I'm concerned about staying healthy and fit. I'm happiest when I'm organized and have music and family in my day. My biggest fear is not being prepared, and my greatest joy is sharing the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon because I don't like learning from mistakes. I want to know how to do it right, and then do it. I want to be happy, healthy and have peace in my life as much as possible. I didn't grow up in the church. My parents were LDS, but not active. They were divorced when I was seven. My stepfather came from England and raised my brother, sister and I in fear. He was abusive, oppressive, and mentally unstable. We were whipped with a rubber hose for any mistake, such as dropping a spoon on the floor, or forgetting to brush our teeth, and beaten for no other reason than he felt like it. We lived in fear at all times and was denied any kind of love or tenderness from him or my mother. At fifteen, I hated everyone, including myself. I hated life and wanted it to end. I was beaten down. One night, I fell to my knees not knowing if there was a God, but desperate. I prayed to know if anyone cared about me. The miracle that happened that night cannot be explained. It was if a part of my memory was awakened to feel the unconditional, and deep love from my Heavenly Father. I had a Father who loved me, and I loved Him back! I felt it with every part of my soul. I knew. That one miraculous event changed the course of my life. I want to be the best daughter I could be. I wanted to know how to do that. Although I didn't realize it at the time, the Atonement of Jesus Christ lifted my burden, release me from the pain and hate that was destroying me, and strengthened me. The abuse didn't go away, in fact it was worse. But my ability to deal with it was created. I knew my stepfather had control of my physical situation, but I had control over my mental, and spiritual reactions. It was but a small moment in time. My afflictions were no more than a hard few minutes. I had perspective. I knew who I was, and who I could be. My testimony and knowledge has grown since then, line upon line.

How I live my faith

I was lucky enough to find a great guy to marry who was able to support me and my dream of having many children to love and raise. I discovered a talent hidden in my youth, to sing. For many years I have shared my story through music and words, with teenagers and women. Forgiveness is the key to overcoming abuse in any way. It's the way to STOP being the victim. I love talking about my Savior, Jesus Christ, because I know it is through Him that life is good, and eternal life is so worth it.