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Hi I'm Norma-Jean (but I go by Jean)

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live with my husband in Oahu, Hawaii. We are entreprenuers, and manage a number of businesses, which keeps us both pretty busy. But when I'm not working I enjoy exercising, baking, laughing with my family, and trying new things. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, but moved to Hawaii right after I got married, (my husband was born and raised in Hawaii).

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was nine years old. My step dad introduced the gospel to my family and reactivated my mother. I was blessed to have the opportunity to be taught by the missionaries (Sister Te'o and Sister Terry) and to decide for myself to become a member and be baptized. It's been quite some years since my baptism, but I will never forget the feeling I had when the missionaries explained to me that I could be with my family forever. What a glorious message! it's funny because it came at the perfect time too. A little while before I met the missionaries I started to wonder what would happen to me when I died. I thought I would just rot away in the earth, and I could picture the world continuing on, eventually forgetting about me, and that would be the end of it. No progression. Nothing to look forward to. I was never told who God was, or that there even was a God. But then the missionaries were sent to my family's home and they came with love in their hearts and excitement in their spirit to teach me about the gospel. After the lessons, I knew, by the power of the Holy Ghost, even at the young age of nine, that God lives. He loves me. And He has a plan that will allow me to return to Him and be with my family forever! There is progression after life on earth! I've never felt such inner peace, and relief. That one decision has shaped the person I am today. The choices I've made to complete my personal progress in young womens, graduate from seminary, and marry a worthy preisthood holder in the temple of the Lord, are all due to that one choice of being baptized. For that I am ever grateful. I continue to learn more about the gospel, and the more I learn, the more I am grateful and happy to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Along with serving and teaching the youth, I get to visit other women in my ward every month just to see how they're doing and share my testimony with them. We get to discuss messages from our modern day prophet and his apostles and share our experiences with one another. It's such a blessing. But I think my favorite moments of living my faith are when I attend the temple with my husband and do temple work for those who weren't able to do it for themselves. I always leave with a feeling of such inner peace and happiness. 

What do Mormons believe about family?

Norma-Jean (but I go by Jean)
Mormons believe that families are the most important social unit on earth and therefore require our best energies and efforts. We also believe that families can be together forever through the plan of salvation, also known as the plan of happiness. That is what drew me to the church-the knowledge that I could spend eternity with my family. Our Heavenly Father loves all of His children and wants each one of us to return to Him as one big happy family, and so He has provided a way for us to do so.   Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Norma-Jean (but I go by Jean)
Heavenly Father desires all of His children to return to Him. In order to do so, each of us must be baptized by the proper authority. Some miss the opportunity to be baptized during their life on earth, so as members of The Church, we volunteer to be baptized on their behalf. Baptisms for the dead allows me to show my love for those who have passed away before receiving the opportunity to be baptized. Show more Show less