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Hi I'm Norm

I grew up in southern California. I joined the Navy and fought in the Viet Nam war. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Norm and was raised as a Catholic until I was about 12. It was then that my parents started going to other Christian churches. We attended several different congregations and finally settled on one. They preached that God loved us and wanted us to be happy. They taught uplifting things and how to have joy in your life mingled with scriptures. It just didn't feel like the sprit of God was really in the red candle illuminating the church. After I left home I attended several different churches from Episcopalians to Southern Baptist. I had a room mate who was a Buddhist and was surprised to find their basic teachings to be very similar to Christians without the mention of Christ of course.

Why I am a Mormon

I married a lovely Mormon young lady and attended the Mormon Church with her for several years. I could tell the spirit was present in the Mormon Church meetings but just had my doubts about the Joseph Smith story. There were a few things in the teachings (Woman’s right to an abortion for one) which I felt were just not right. I was quite sure that I would never change my mind on this point. I had been a Boy Scout while growing up and signed on to help the Troop in the Mormon Church we were attending. Several months later I went to the chapel for a Scout meeting and when I got there found out the meeting had been canceled. The only thing going on that evening was a video about inception, unborn babies and how science was increasing the survivability of premature births. This so completely changed my perception of abortion that I realized how wrong I had been. This was a major turning point in my life. Before I would join the Mormon Church I had a talk with the Bishop about Tithing. I had prayed about it and just didn’t seem to get an answer. He said that some things like Tithing had to be practiced to gain a feeling for the truth of the law. He promised me that if I would try paying tithing that I would know the Law was true. I Said I would try paying Tithing for three months but didn't think I could afford it. I have never missed paying Tithing since then. Believe me the Lord knows how to pour out blessings. I joined the church shortly thereafter.

How I live my faith

I have a responsibility for three families in our Church. A single Lady, a family of four and a married couple (the husband is not a member). I and a partner visit them once a month to bring a spiritual message and find out how they are doing. We call this home teaching and all members have a home teacher. I am still involved in the Boy Scouts. In our Church I am the Committee Chairman. In the Scout District I am the Program Chairman responsible for coordinating the activities of about 30 to 40 volunteers and help recruit and engage new Scout leaders in the program.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is like being in a very comfortable place. I know that God loves me and I have joy in my life. People I work with understand than I practice my religion and they respect me for it. I try my best to keep God's "law" and to be honest in all my dealings. Show more Show less