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Hi I'm Oak Norton

I'm a Mormon and I love the scriptures.

About Me

I'm a happily married man with 5 wonderful children. I grew up in Pennsylvania and came to Utah after serving a mission for the LDS church in Houston, Texas. I enjoy playing games with my family, creating music, playing and coaching soccer, learning more about the scriptures, and studying history (which I never took an interest in while I was growing up).

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converts to the church a few years before I was born so I grew up in the church. My father was in the military at that time and when an LDS fellow came on base and started talking about the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost being 3 separate beings, my father said it resonated with him because he'd always believed that even though his Episcopal church didn't teach that concept. My parents then began meeting with the missionaries to learn more and eventually joined the church after gaining a divine witness that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. Growing up in the church is no substitute for your own testimony, so as I grew I read the scriptures and prayed to God for a testimony of my own. I came to know God lives and that he is concerned with every one of us. He wants us to be happy and has given us commandments to guide us into paths of happiness. I know the Bible and Book of Mormon are true books and the stories and miracles they contain are true accounts. I know if a person reads them and asks God if they are true with real intent, meaning you are committed to do what action would be required if God blesses you with this knowledge, then I know God will reveal the truth of these books to you by the power of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I try to live a life of constant incremental improvement. I know my shortcomings and that God knows them too. I believe he gave them to me as a challenge to overcome them so I could be a better person. I believe our challenges shape our lives and that by overcoming them with God's help, we gain greater strength to accomplish the Lord's purposes for our lives.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Oak Norton
Church services are held each Sunday in a 3 hour block that contains a Sacrament meeting for the whole family, Sunday school classes for each age group, and a third meeting where the men and women separate into "Priesthood" meeting for the men, and "Relief Society" for the women. Youth have classes as well to attend. Typically in Sacrament meetings, members of the congregation would partake of the sacrament bread and water and then there would be speakers from the congregation asked to speak on certain topics. Once a month typically the first Sunday a "fast and testimony" Sacrament meeting is held where instead of preassigned talks, members have an opportunity to voluntarily share their testimony with other members of the congregation. Visitors are always welcome to attend any of the meetings to see what it is like and can get their questions answered as well. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Oak Norton
The Word of Wisdom came from a revelation that Joseph Smith received over 160 years ago that admonished members of the church to avoid coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful substances and to partake of wholesome herbs and grains in moderation to have a healthy life. When my parents joined the LDS church, they both used these substances and willingly gave them up to follow the Lord's commandments. As a result their lives have been blessed with health and their minds have been invigorated by maintaining a healthy diet. Show more Show less