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Hi I'm Noal

I am a hiker, a sports fan, happily married, living the dream of parenthood. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a very happily married man and I feel like I am living a dream to be a father to wonderful children that I adore. I enjoy reading, a variety of sports, playing games with my children, working in the yard and in the garden, doing service for others, hiking, camping, and anything that involves a ball or being outside. I enjoy doing family history research, or geneology, learning about my ancestors. I enjoy a variety of music that is uplifting and inspiring. I enjoy attending concerts, plays, and some musicals. I enjoy watching my family share their musical talents, including playing the piano, viola, and flute. I also enjoy learning new skills that help me enhance my home- like putting in a new wood floor in my kitchen, painting, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me as a Mormon, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so I have not known anything different. However, there came a point in my life when I decided that I needed to learn for myself if the teachings of my parents and the Church were true. When I was 13 yrs. old, I decided to read the Book of Mormon from the front page to the last. It took some time and discipline to read a few verses, then chapters, and pages each day. But, when I read I found myself enjoying it more and more. I did not completely understand the words, but I just kept reading. When I finished, I decided to do as the book invites in the last book called Moroni, Chapter 10:3-5, which was to pray and ask God, our Father in Heaven, in the name of Christ if the book was true. When I prayed, I addressed Heavenly Father, and asked- is the Book of Mormon true? Is it really thy word? After I prayed, I felt a warmth that came over my entire body from head to toe. It was much like a warm blanket being wrapped around me in the winter and then having the sun shine directly on me. I knew that this feeling came from God- telling me that the Book of Mormon was true. I knew from the Bible (Galatians 5:22) that these feelings came from the Holy Ghost that testifies of all truth. As a result, I knew that the words contained in the Book of Mormon were the word of God. I also knew then, that what Joseph Smith said was true- that he did see God, the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ in answer to his prayer to know which church he should join. This experience, and many others, helped me decide to be an active participating member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that God hears and answers prayers. And, I know that he will answer yours, if you ask in faith. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I strive to live the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, given in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, other scriptures, and teachings of the modern prophet and apostles. Making this daily effort to live by these teachings of the gospel has brought so much peace, happiness, and joy in my life. I feel like I am a better husband, father, business man, friend, and neighbor because of the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I do not live out of fear. I am learning to face problems and challenges with faith and the assurance that God loves me. I know that He will not abandon me in my hours of need as long as I am willing to follow His commandments and do His will. He is aware of my problems and challenges. He knows my weaknesses. And, yet I feel Him close by when I speak to Him in prayer. When I pray, I talk to my Heavenly Father as if He is a real person, because I know in my heart that He is. And, somehow I get the feeling that He truly listens to me, by letting me know through thoughts and feelings, that He will support me and be with me through anything. I remember when I was faced with a particularly difficult challenge at my place of employment and so I found a quiet place where I could pray to God and ask Him for His help and strength to handle the situation appropriately and wisely. I remember the calm feeling of peace and love I felt as thoughts and words came to my mind to comfort me. I received answers to the problem and challenge I was faced with. And, I may not have handled it perfectly, but things worked out. Resolutions were reached and peace was restored in my office at work. Kind words are spoken and tensions have been erased, for the time being. But, most of all there is a feeling of quiet respect and dignity for each others' perspectives, feelings, attitudes, and personal weaknesses. Through experiences like these, my faith in God, our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ grow step by step- little by little.

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

Mormon women are like many other women you know. Many of them are hard working, loving, caring, and eager to lift a helping hand to someone in need. I know many Mormon women who are great leaders and examples of Christian service. I have known many women who belong to the LDS Church who consider the role of mother to be special and honorable above anything else they could do in life. I know many who sacrifice so willingly to provide a loving, caring environment at home while juggling carpool, soccer, and other practice schedules all at once. I know many of them who are very smart, intelligent, and possess many gifts and talents which are shared through service in many positions of leadership in the LDS Church. I have watched many Mormon women serve as leaders in the LDS Church, of its youth organization, its organization for women where they organize, plan, and execute a variety of service projects to assist the poor and others in need. I have been personally blessed by many sermons and speeches given from the pulpits of many LDS chapels by Mormon women that have touched my heart and strengthened my faith in Christ. I am always grateful to know that my wife and I work together in striving to reach our goals as a family. We counsel together regularly on the needs of our family and how we can best meet them. My wife always provides excellent and wise insight into the hearts and lives of our children without which I would be lost and our family would fall apart. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Whenever I have read how Joseph Smith read a verse in James chapter 1 verse 5, and then acted on the feelings he felt- to ask of God which church he should join, I feel a strong warm impression come to my mind and heart telling me that it is true. I know that the feelings I have felt have come from God, the Holy Ghost which reveals truth to our hearts. I have felt these same feelings as I have listened to and tried to follow the teachings of each prophet, or President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including the current prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. I recall not long ago when I was feeling sorry for myself a little too much. I was feeling like nothing I did really made a positive difference in anyone's life and why try. But, then I remember listening to a message from President Monson about how we should look around and if we see someone in need, who might need a friend, someone to talk to, or lift them up, to act on those thoughts and impressions that come to do good. So, I tried that. I tried to reach out more to others and help them search for answers to their concerns and troubles and I felt much better. It has felt really good to try to help others in some small way. I felt that God had heard my prayers. That He knew what I needed to do be happy. And, He spoke to me through his servant, the living prophet. Show more Show less