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Hi I'm Norm.

I grew up raising sheep and gardening in a small town in Southeastern Idaho. Now I test software. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southeastern Idaho, then moved to Utah during my high school years. After high school and university and marriage, my wife and I moved to Northern California, where we lived for 15 years. A job change required a move all the way across the country to Georgia, where our family now lives. I am a husband and a father of four children. We have a son and three daughters. My family brings me the most joy and satisfaction in life. I work as a software engineering professional, having been employed for more than 20 years in software development and software quality assurance in the computer telephony and video industries. For one of my hobbies, I enjoy working with the Boy Scouts of America. I am an Eagle Scout and have been a Scoutmaster twice. I am currently serving as advancement coordinator. One of my most cherished privileges in this position is to assist a young man in going through the process of becoming an Eagle Scout. Another hobby that I enjoy is being a do-it-yourself handyman. I gain satisfaction in successfully completing home repair or remodeling projects. I am also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that the happiness I enjoy in life can be attributed to my attempts - however inadequate, at times - to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Why I am a Mormon

I am very fortunate and blessed to have a great heritage. Some of my ancestors were approached by missionaries in Norway and became some of the first Norwegians to convert to this church. Amidst persecution and great personal trial, they made their way across the ocean to America and then to Utah and Idaho. Although I grew up in and was raised in a Mormon family, at a certain point I desired to know for myself if this was truly Christ's Church on the earth. Through prayer and scripture study and living the principles taught to me, I have gained my own personal testimony of this Church. I know that this is Christ's Church here upon the Earth, restored by a modern-day prophet named Joseph Smith, who was called by God at a very young age. I know that the Book of Mormon, which Joseph translated from ancient records by the gift and power of God, is truly God's word. It is another testament of Jesus Christ, and companion volume to the Bible. I know that God is literally my Heavenly Father, and He cares about me and directs my path and direction in life. But most importantly, I know that His son, Jesus Christ, came to the Earth and performed a most miraculous thing for all of us. He paid for our sins so that we might be able to return to our Heavenly Father. For that incomprehensible sacrifice, I love my Savior and am eternally grateful to Him. I sincerely hope my family and I may return and live with Him and with His Father some day. I bear this witness and testimony in His holy name, namely Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying day-by-day, week-by-week, to obey God's commandments, to be actively involved in serving others - including my own family, and to repent of mistakes or sins that I make along the way. I currently have two of what we label "callings" in my ward, or geographical church group. A "calling" is a task or job that we are asked by our leadership to do. Usually, it is a long-term assignment that we are responsible for. Although it is always our option to decline, we believe a calling to essentially be an assignment from God, so one that we should accept, even if difficult or seemingly impossible. One of my callings goes along with my hobby, mentioned above - Scouting. Actually, it became my hobby because I was asked to do this calling 20 years ago, and have continued to participate in various Scouting assignments over the years. At the present time, I am advancement coordinator for the Boy Scout Troop that is chartered by our Ward, which means that I keep track of the progress and status of each of the Young Men in the Ward that are working on Scouting requirements. My other calling is that of ward missionary. I assist the full-time missionaries assigned to my ward in teaching people about our Church. I also have an assignment to coordinate, prepare, and conduct baptismal services. In addition to those callings, most men and women in the Church have one or two families assigned to them to visit at least once a month and be aware of their needs. We try to do whatever we can to help them, as needed. In all this, I gain a tremendous amount of inner joy and satisfaction in serving and helping others.