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Hi I'm Nola

I am a wife and stay at home mother of 2 fun children. I have a MPA degree and love sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom in a very small town. My days are filled with trying to teach and entertain a nearly 3 year old and just barely 1 year old. We love to read, exercise, play and cook together. We also love to snuggle. When I am not busy with my husband and children I love to read and pretend I am crafty. I try to sew, scrapbook and make hair bows. I love to travel and while I was completing a masters program, I was able to travel through Asia and Africa learning about some of the wonderful NGO's serving the areas we visited. I also love sports! I especially love playing team sports, but since I live in a small town and have young children I don't get the opportunity to participate much these days. Now I focus on things like training for 1/2 marathons and triathlons. I am not fast, but I love to have goals and work towards them.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where both of my parents were Mormons. From a very young age I loved learning about Jesus Christ. It was so important for me to understand where I came from, why I am here and where I am going because I had an older brother that was going to die from a genetic disorder. It was comforting to me to know that I have a loving Heavenly Father that knows me and wants me to be happy.

How I live my faith

In general, I try my best to follow the example Jesus Christ set. I love to get to know people and learn about their challenges. I love to provide encouragement and a listening ear. Before I became a stay at home mom, I felt like my niche in the work place was among non-profit organizations. I want to help those in need. My career focused on fund raising among women in my community. It was fabulous to meet local women that wanted to give back and help those in need. As we worked together to try to implement new programs I could feel an increase in Christlike love for those that helped and those that we served.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a member of the Mormon Church is fabulous. Our little family just moved to a town of 200 people. This town is fairly isolated. I come from a large metropolitan area and was a little nervous about this drastic life change. I am shocked by how easy the transition has been. A large part of making this transition easy comes from the support of other Mormon's around us. As we have attended our worship services each week, we feel like we have gained a new family. We have found people that teach us the ropes to living in our new life and we have fond people that are eager to welcome us into their circle of friends. It is great to have an almost instant group of friends waiting where ever we move. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

One of the reasons we don't have paid clergy is that the opportunity to lead is a great chance to grow and develop talents. As a youth I never had the desire to teach. As I have grown and been assigned different functions at church, I have been stretched out of my comfort zone. Now I love to teach and wonder why I didn't major in education in college. I also love to learn and as a teacher I found that I learned more than I did as student. Show more Show less