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Hi I'm Teri

I'm an academic. I'm from Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently got my Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Toronto. My dissertation was on the history of astrology in the Middle Ages. I learned Arabic which I can read but can't speak very well. Hopefully, some day I'll have the chance to go somewhere and really learn the language in more than an academic sense. I've also studied German, French, Greek and Latin. Currently, I'm working as an adjunct instructor and searching for a full-time job. I know one is out there somewhere. I just have to be patient. When I'm not studying or teaching, I like to sing, play the piano and organ, and read. I also write fiction and hope that I can get a book published one day. I love astronomy and have spent hours outside just looking at the stars.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of this church my whole life, but I'm not a member because of my family and tradition. I've lived away from my family for years, and I have never been tempted to leave the Church. I'm a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church. I have spent a lot of time reading the scriptures, the Book of Mormon, the Bible, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price, and I can feel the Spirit of God when I do. I feel the Spirit in my meetings and I have a sure knowledge that I am a member of God's church.

How I live my faith

In my ward, I lead the congregational hymns in sacrament meeting and I am also in charge of the ward choir. It's a lot of leading every week. I'm also called on to substitute for people in their callings quite a bit. Subbing has put me in Primary (the children's organization), teaching Sunday School, playing the piano. There's a lot to do at church. Outside of church, I am generally very open about what I believe and that has meant that my friends who are not LDS know what I won't do, what I will do, and because I respect what they believe, they will respect me in return. I believe that I live my faith best being the best person I can; so that, when I meet a person, they will know what Mormons are like, and hopefully, come away with a good impression.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Teri
 Yes! That is one of the best things about the LDS Church. I was born to parents who were sealed in a holy temple. That means they are married for eternity. Because of that, all of their children are part of their family for eternity. My brothers and sisters will always be my brothers and sisters, even after we have all died. I love my family, and that knowledge of seeing them and being with them again has always given me great comfort. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Teri
No, we don't worship Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith is the first prophet of this dispensation. He was called by God to restore the gospel to the earth, something that had been lost for hundreds of years. Because of his important role, we revere him and we respect him, but we only worship God. We don't pray to Joseph Smith and we don't place him above God. After the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, one of the early Church leaders, John Taylor, wrote that Joseph Smith had done more for the salvation of mankind save Jesus only. (D&C 135) As important as Joseph Smith is, he is not more so than our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less