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Hi I'm Norm

I'm a small business owner with 6 kids. We enjoy traveling places we can speak Spanish. We live in Washington and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was the oldest in my family and the first to ever go to college. That's where I met my wife. We've been married for over 30 years and have six kids. We both speak fluent Spanish and when the kids were young we used it when we didn't want them to know what we were saying. Now the majority of our kids speak foreign languages, too. For decades, while our children were young, I worked for large corporations and my wife was a stay-at-home Mom. But now that most of our kids are on their own, we've recently started a small business serving the elderly, especially those dealing with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Supporting these amazing people and their families brings much joy and satisfaction to our lives. We both fill voluntary responsibilities in our congregation since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day has no professional clergy. I teach a mixed-adult Sunday School class every week helping people learn how to apply God's teachings from the scriptures and modern prophets in our daily lives. My wife teaches adult women how to gain strength from living gospel principles and serving Heavenly Father's children in our homes and communities. We appreciate being able to contribute our God-given talents through service. About a year ago, we became grandparents for the first time. We enjoy spending as much time as possible with our grandson (and his parents, of course). The emergence of a new generation in our family is a wonderful blessing to witness.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon, but a time came when following my parents' beliefs wasn't enough. I needed to know for myself. I always believed God would confirm truth in a way I would understand and recognize, so much like young Joseph Smith, I actively sought to find answers. For months I studied and prayed, asking God to help me know if the LDS Church was a restoration of the church built by Jesus while on the earth. I read scripture and other books that dealt with questions I had. Most things made sense but there was one issue of doctrine I just didn't understand. Late one fall afternoon, I was studying in a quiet part of the house. Since I was the only one there, I knelt in the dark pleading with God to let me know the truth once and for all. At that moment a miraculous event took place. It was as if someone turned on the light. The questions I had pondered for months suddenly made perfect sense. It was an impactful witness my words can only partially describe. After that experience, I challenged myself about what had really occurred. Did something really happen to me that afternoon or did I make it up? Over and over, I have come to the same conclusion. I had studied these issues for months without seeing the answer I so desperately sought. That afternoon new knowledge came to my mind and heart from outside of me. God actually answered my prayer. I now KNOW the LDS Church is true. That's why I'm a Mormon and why I share the story of receiving my personal witness whenever I can.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon and following the teachings of Jesus Christ is a 24/7 activity. I go to church every Sunday, but try to make every workday and weekend day consistent in terms of how I interact with others. I feel every person is a literal son or daughter of God and try to live in such a way that people can feel God's love through me. When tragedy strikes, I try to remember that challenges are one way Heavenly Father helps strengthen and prepare me for opportunities to better serve Him in the future.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Each person who accepts the call to serve a full-time mission also accepts the responsibility to pay for their living expenses while they serve. These financial obligations can be supported through money they saved before they go on their missions--since missionaries can't work while they are on missions--or from family resources. In the case of our two sons who recently served missions, it was a combination of the two. They both worked and saved money prior to entering the mission field, and we supplement their savings with money from our family budget. Getting missionaries ready to go in terms of purchasing a business wardrobe is also the financial responsibility of the missionary and their family. The only expenses that are paid for by the Church are the travel expenses to get to their field of labor at the start of their mission, and to return to their home at the end of their missions. We feel it is wonderful blessing to save for and support family members serving missions. We have experienced tremendous financial blessings during these periods of time that we recognize as coming directly from God in response to our financial sacrifice. Show more Show less