Sunday Spotlight is a series where we profile individuals in the Young Mormon Feminists community to hear their stories and get to know them a little better through Q&A or their personal narratives. This week we talked with Terrell.
Who are you and what are you up to?
My name is Terrell Wyche. I’m from Charlotte, NC. I graduated from BYU three years ago with my degree in Exercise Science (Pre-Med). I didn’t go to medical school, but instead I got a job at UVU as an Academic Adviser for the Biology Department. I also teach Biol 1015 at UVU.
What makes you a Mormon?
I joined the church June 4th, 2000. I was 14 years old when I joined. I have a lot of respect for the church, but I would be lying if I said I don’t have some doubts. I served in the Brazil Salvador Mission from 2004-2006. My mission was actually an awesome experience and I learned a lot about myself. I converted to the church because I found myself happy with the organization in itself.
What makes you a feminist?
I believe in GENDER EQUALITY! People should not be judged based off of race, sex, or sexual orientation. I’m still learning about the specific details of feminism, but I do have some core beliefs that are feminist. I do believe that women should definitely receive the priesthood, should be allowed to give blessings and do the same things that men do in the church. Growing up with a single mother, even though she is not a member of the church, her example has influenced me to be a feminist. Women can fulfill the role of man and vice versa. I know what it is like, as a black man, to be treated rudely because of the color of my skin, therefore, I can empathize with the concept of women being treated unequally.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In the next ten years, I see myself being a homeowner, working in my ideal career (helping others achieve their goals), and married with two adopted kids.
Any parting words for us?
Thank you so much for this opportunity and for your inspirational stories. I hope that I can continue to learn from each of you and be a better person daily.