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Hi I'm Terrie Lynn

I write books about homeschooling and volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a mother to three grown children, a grandmother, and a writer. I became a Mormon when I was seventeen years old, joining without anyone else in my family. I homeschooled my three children, which was scary, but very rewarding, because I love being a Mom. When I'm not writing, I love doing family history work--I always have loved learning the family stories, even as a child. I'm trying to learn to garden, overcoming a lifetime of not being very good at it. I'm not really domestic, but I can bake bread, oddly. To tell the truth though, I'd rather be teaching or writing or telling stories.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents belonged to two different faiths and decided their children should choose for themselves. I considered this a sacred responsibility and set out to figure out where God wanted me. As I visited various churches, I sometimes annoyed Sunday School teachers with odd questions. "If God thought we needed prophets to get ready for the first coming of Jesus, why won't He give them to us to get ready for the second coming?" As I spent time thinking and praying, I began to believe things I hadn't heard in any other church, such as having lived before we were born, but not through reincarnation, the idea that families should be forever, and that Jesus was the literal Son of God. No one knew where I got these ideas, and I didn't either. I just knew them. When I started hearing things about Mormon beliefs, I was surprised to find out that they shared my unusual beliefs. Even so, I was pretty scared to make a comittment. I knew I was the sort of person who would choose once and stay with it forever, so I had to get it right. I prayed for a very long time before I was certain God wanted me to become a Mormon. My testimony that this is God's church has been strengthened by many, many years of church membership, answered prayers, and special experiences. There can be no doubt in my mind now, and I'm so glad I found the right spiritual home.

How I live my faith

On Sundays, after the main service, I run a toddler nursery at church while the parents attend classes. My students are eighteen months to three years old. I have always loved teaching children, because I am extremely fond of flannel boards, storytelling, and puppets. This is the ideal job for me! On Wednesday evenings, I volunteer as the literacy leader for my congregation. Since I don't have anyone right now who wants to learn to read, we started an English as a Second Language class, which I helped to teach. Currently, I'm teaching a class to help a number of people prepare to become United States citizens. I love this class and I love my students, who have become very good friends.Although the class is taught at church, anyone can attend, and my students sometimes bring their friends to our classes, which are free to attend. I've learned so much since being asked to do this--I knew nothing about ESL or citizenship before then.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Terrie Lynn
Mormons are pretty individual. You'll find some women who work and some who are at home. You'll find their children in all types of schools. You'll find them working in all sorts of careers and all over the world. That said, there are a few things Mormons tend to have in common. For instance, they are taught to put family first. When I joined the church, I was a teenager at the age where most kids are pulling away from their families. My family didn't join the church, and my bishop (similar to a pastor) advised me to stay close to my parents and spend lots of time with them, because it's what Mormons do and so they'd see who I was becoming as I became Mormon. Mormons hold a family night once a week, usually on Mondays. It's just the family--a time to learn and have fun together. They usually have a prayer, song, brief lesson, games, and treats. Each day, they're encouraged to hold a family prayer and scripture reading time together. When I was in college that someone asked what I did for fun, since I didn't drink, smoke, use drugs or participate in other activities common to my age group, but considered immoral by Mormons. I laughed. Mormons have no trouble keeping busy or having fun without getting into trouble. The teens and young adults have many activities that help them learn safe, moral ways to have a good time. Today, I'm really busy all the time, and I enjoy almost everything I do. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Terrie Lynn
Many people think we're only preparing for a final crisis before Jesus returns, but most Mormons know there are also immediate reasons for becoming self-reliant. When my husband was laid off, we were able to live off our own resources--savings, food storage, and other preparations, for a very long time before needing to ask anyone for help. When we finally did need help, our church stepped in to help, as did friends. It gives me a sense of security to know that if anything happens, we are ready for an emergency. It gives us freedom to chase our dreams and to face challenging times with faith. Mormons believe we should first try to take care of ourselves. This gives us confidence and improves our practical skills. If we do need help, we can turn to family and then to our church. As a church family, we work hard to take care of each other. We know we can't always be prepared for every emergency, but we believe that when we do as much as we can, God will make up the difference. Show more Show less