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Hi I'm Terra

I'm Canadian, I love to dance, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm currently working as a Teacher-On-Call (or "substitute"), and doing some exciting work with literacy initiatives in my area! I finished my degree in the Elementary Teacher Education Program a year ago, and so much has happened since then - it's very exciting! I have always wanted to be a teacher, so this is really a dream realized! With a few different jobs, my life is very busy, but I love to spend time outdoors, and to read. I also take any opportunity to dance!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager, I had some wonderful friends who happened to be members of the church, and who introduced me to their way of life and their faith. I attended some activities, and when I was 17, I went to a youth conference in my area, and through all that was taught there, I realized that I'd had a change of heart, and that I was beginning to understand the role of the Savior and my Heavenly Father in my life. By the end of the conference, I knew that there was a greater purpose to life than I had previously been aware of. That was the beginning of the most important journey in my life, and things have only gotten better since then! The day I got baptised (at the age of 19) was an incredibly special day, and the feeling that I had of being perfectly clean and free of sin was amazing! Since that day, my conviction in the truth that God lives, and that Jesus Christ is His Son and lives has only become stronger. I know that Jesus Christ suffered greatly so that I would be able to place my trials, frustrations, sins, and sadnesses at His feet and experience the great joy of forgiveness. I know that nothing happens in this world that Christ and our Heavenly Father are not aware of. I am so happy that we have been given the wonderful gift of choice, our agency, so that we can be free to follow Christ and choose to draw closer to Him through following the principles that we are given in His Gospel. I love this Gospel, and I know that it is true, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

To be a Latter-Day Saint is to serve and love others, and I have had the opportunity to experience this through different callings (or responsibilities) in the church. As a leader in the church's Young Single Adults or YSA program, I helped to organize activities for the YSA, and I worked with other leaders to try to uplift and support the YSA in our area in any way that we could. Together, we learned how to be effective members of the church, how to serve others, and how to love one another. I also have had the great blessing of being an assistant in the Nursery program in the church, which means that each Sunday, I got to spend two hours with the 18-month to 3-year-olds while their parents attended other meetings. We played games, did puzzles, and most importantly, learned about Christ and how much He loves us. The children have such an amazing spirit about them - they are so innocent, and they understand so much more than we assume they do. They know that they are loved by their earthly parents, as well as by their Father in Heaven, and their Savior, Jesus Christ. They know that they can be with their families forever, and this makes them so happy! I try to follow their examples in trusting the Lord to help me make important decisions in my life. Currently, I have the amazing calling of working with the Young Women (aged 12-18) in the church. We learn from each other, and try to draw closer to God by fulfilling our potential as women. Being a member of the church isn't just something that happens on Sundays - it is a choice I make every day to live how I feel the Savior would have me live, and to lift and serve others as He did.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

One of the most special qualities about Mormon women is that they place service to others as a high priority. These women tend to be some of the most selfless, loving women, and they provide a great strength to one another. One of the ways that Mormon women support one another, and everyone who stands in need of support, is through an organization called the Relief Society. This is the longest-standing organization of women in the world, and the purpose of it is to provide women of the church opportunities to serve, lift, and comfort others. Some might see that many of the leaders of the church, including the prophet and his counsellors, are men, and think that this is a sign that women in the church are not considered equals. This is an understandable assumption, but it is not the case. As it has always been, the responsibilities given to men and women are different because men and women have inherently different capabilities and qualities. The roles of women in the church are equally as important as the roles that the men play, although they are sometimes less "high-profile". This makes no difference to God, who sees all men and women as equals, and it is only through the lens of the world that the different roles of men and women might seem to be unequal. We know that God loves all of His children equally, whether they are men or women, children or adults, members of the church or not, and this sense of equality is reflected in the structure and functioning of the church. Show more Show less