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Hi I'm Norm

I'm a Mormon and a convert to the Church. I'm an educator, teacher and school consultant. I love life!

About Me

Hello! My name is Norm. I grew up in a small town in Northern California. My family loved living in the Sierra Nevadas with the high mountain vistas, cold and clear lakes and streams surrounded by lush forests. As a result, I continue to find peace in the forests and beauty of nature. I met my wife on the second day of college. We have been best friends since. My experiences as a Spanish speaking missionary in New York City during the World's Fair prepared me in many ways. I am a father of four fantastic sons, who are all happiply married! My college education prepared me as an elementary school teacher. However, I was invited to become a school administrator shortly after begining to teach and obtained a doctorate in education leadership. My life has been education and children. I was an elementary school principal for a short time and was then hired as a middle school/junior high school principal for 24 years. Our local high school was in need of help and I was invited to become the high school principal. During this time, my wife and I also owned and operated a nationally accredited early childhood education center which we directed for 28 years. As you can see, children have been our life. We both retired several years ago and enjoy providing consulting services on a local and national level. I fill my time with gardening, hunting, fishing, down hill skiing and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I have not always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Just before graduating from high school one of my good drinking buddies invited me to go to Brigham Young University. That changed my life! I had been a Methodist all my life and enjoyed the laid back, non-commital life style, including partying on the weekends. Upon attending BYU, I learned that the students had a great deal more fun and yet expressed a committment to values and standards that was impressive. I am a rather hard headed individual and was determined that I was not going to change my belief system. I stubbornly refused to take the LDS religion seriously, even while being required to take the freshman Book of Mormon class. To make a long story short, several sacred experiences changed my outlook. I was baptized on February 17, 1963 and began to learn more about myself and life than I realized possible. I am a member of the Church because of personal revelation. I know that Christ lives. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and was chosen to bring in the last dispensation of times. I am grateful for the doctrine of eternal families and know that my wife and I have been united with our children thoughout all time. The emphasis on families within the Church is so deparately needed in today's society. The support, encouragement and strength we recived from our Church friends throughout our forty-fours years of marriage is remarkable. I am a Mormon because my family will be together with the joy, love and happiness that we currently hold so dear.

How I live my faith

Over the years, I have had the opportunity of serving the Lord in several ways. I loved my service as a Spanish speaking missionary in the New York World's Fair. What an experience coming from a small town with twenty-nine seniors in my high school class to serving in that bustling metropolitan city! Other opportunities to serve have included callings as a bishop, working with the young men, leading the older bretheren in the Church and as a mission leader on several occasions. My service continues to bring me joy and a sense of fulfillment. I find it comforting to know that no matter what opportunity we have to serve, it comes with personal growth. Service provides each of us with the privilege of touching the lives of others while we exercie kindness and giving. Community service has always played an important role in my life. I have enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts of America. My background in education has opened many doors for me to offer my experience and education in community projects. I currently am president of two school boards and serve on two national boards dealing with early childhood education and national accreditation for schools. Serving as president of our local home owners association as allowed me to reach out to my neighbors and demonstrate care and concern for their well-being. In addition, I have been able to serve on executive boards of several state associations and councils. Some might say that members of the Mormon Church are clannish. I have found that many of the local, state and national boards recognize the sincere service and participate on active members of the Church. They bring high standards of morality, concern for the health and welfare of others and a compassion that blends regulatory standards with practical application and love. I find that serving the community is an extension of my service within the Chruch!