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Hi I'm Norm

I've served my country for most of my life over 45 years. I find great satifaction in volunteering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Leads an emergency telecommunications detachment headquartered in Washington, DC and operating out of Lakewood, Colorado. One of six units around the country that primarily sets up a wide array of communications assets to support disaster workers in taking care of disaster survivors and provides operating infrastructure for disaster-area governement entities at Federal, State, Tribal and local levels. Significant experience on response to declared disasters and emergencies as well as national level pre-planned events, e.g., Hurricane Katrina and lesser tropical storms, tornadoes, blizzards, etc.; earthquakes, 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington; Olympics, World Cup, and other pre-planned events like national political conventions, national-level exercises, international trade conferences held on U.S. soil, etc. Manage a highly technical group of telecommunications and operations experts supported by equally skilled logistics, security, safety and administrative personnel - roughly 45-50 total strength. Operated sister detachment in Maynard, Massachusetts 1990-1996.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that my Heavenly Father really lives. I know that He hears and answers our prayers. I know that Jesus Christ really is His Son and that He really lives. I know that He lived here on earth as a mortal and that He willingly gave His life as an atoning sacrifice so that we can live with Him and Heavenly Father once again. Jesus Christ really is our Savior. How do I know these things? By the power of the Holy Ghost, who resides as the third member of the Godhead. In prayers far too numerous to remember individually, I have come to learn of absolute certainty, that They are real and only want the best for us. By the same method and pattern, I know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God. Joseph Smith really did receive and translate the Book of Mormon - it is true! He was sent here to restore the fullness of the Gospel as established by Jesus Christ when He was here on earth. Indeed we believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. I know that we are led by a prophet today; Thomas S. Monson, and that he, along with his counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles leads Christ's Church here on earth. Knowing these things makes it much easier to understand where I came from, what I am doing here on earth, and where I am going when my mortal existence ends. I feel very fortunate and blessed to have this knowledge.

How I live my faith

I learned at an early age that I found great happiness and enjoyment is serving others, particularly when there was no thought of them rewarding me. This practice of serving and volunteering has served me well over the years. I've been placed in many positions of leadership both in and outside the Church. I've had many teaching opportunities both in and out of the Church. I've served on numerous boards of directors and continue to do so today. I know that many, many, many uplifting, and even spiritual experiences, I have enjoyed have grown directly out of this practice and service. Right now I serve as an Employment Specialist - a task that allows me the opportunity to teach others how to find employment by upgrading their résumés, using networks of friends and associates, learning sound interviewing techniques, avoiding job-search pitfalls, improving their qualifications, and other wise applications. Using my knowledge and experience, I reach out to members of the Church as well as those who are not of our faith. It is quite rewarding to help individuals in this fashion. . . . and then there are the opportunities of watching over each other that are particularly poignant: serving as a Home Teacher, where adult and young men are assigned to visit several families to teach them and see after their needs; serving as missionary, where I share my faith, my experiences, and my testimony with those who seem to be seeking for something more in their lives; and, attending one of our Holy Temples as offten as possible, to learn more of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and Their purposes, and to help many who have gone on before obtain the ordinances and promises they were unable to personally enjoy while they were on earth. Being a Mormon is exciting and full of opportunities!