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Hi I'm Norm

I'm a Mormon. I have been a Mormon since April of 1979. Read some more about me below.

About Me

I retired six years ago after spending twenty-four years helping people find work and improve their work skills in a sheltered work shop and thrift store. Before that I was a United Methodist Minister for fourteen years. I have been married for almost thirty five years and am the father of five children and grandfather of ten. I enjoy home repairs, reading and swimming. I Jazzercise five times a week for exercise.

Why I am a Mormon

I have sought God since I was a youth Raised a Methodist, I sought other answers in college through the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and I was interested in the Baptists and the Quakers. I came back to the Methodists and became a minister. I loved the scriptures, preaching and teaching, but I disliked the money raising responsibility of the ministry. I loved it when a parishoner called me "the hugging pastor." After my first wife's death, I married an inactive Mormon. I saw that she was not happy and encouraged her to return to her church. I then began to explore the Mormon church and discovered that its teachings were not only true, but provided the answers to my questions about faith.

How I live my faith

I have had many different responsibilities in the Mormon church. I have taught youth and now teach adults. I have been an assistant to the leader of our congregation (Counselor to the Bishop of our Ward.) With my wife I serve every week in the temple helping people to grow in their faith. I enjoy opportunities to drive a blind friend and to help him use the computer. I am honored when I am asked to help bless the sick as it is taught in the book of James in the New Testament.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Not having a paid clergy is a wonderful part of the Mormon church. Our leaders are just like us. They have to work and so we cannot put all the load on them. We must share in the work of the church. We see that we are all the same. Show more Show less