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Hi I'm Norm

I grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In the fifth grade my family moved to the Western Slope of Colorado. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Home Inspector. I also do some contract work for a failure analysis lab, as well as inspect property after a disaster (FEMA). So I am very busy! I am a scout master. I am a husband, and I am a father of four children. My oldest son is serving a church mission, two are young men in high school, and the youngest is a girl. I am married and sealed to my family for all eternity. My family rides bike, kayaks, hikes, swims, camps, hunts, and has fun playing games. Supporting our children in activities they're in, and working at developing their talents is something I've always loved to do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a swimmer all through high school, and during my first year in college. I was very dedicated to training and swimming. I loved swimming. After my first college season, they cut the swim program. I was without a team, without structure, and really felt lost. I began looking for something. I just didn't know what. That's when my dad introduced me to the missionaries of the Church. When I met the missionaries they taught me about the peace that keeping the commandments brings. This was what I really liked about swimming: being with people who lived higher standards and kept "the rules". I was invited to learn more about the Church. The missionaries asked me to meet them at a members house where the children sang songs for me. I felt the spirit! It was an incredible warm feeling of love, joy and peace! Soon after, the missionaries continued to teach, and eventually invited me to be baptized. My dad warned me that "this church is a lot of work. It is not to be taken lightly." I prayed about it and felt clear about the choice to move forward. I was interviewed and baptized. I moved on to finish college, get married, have a family and continue to accept various callings in the church. Every calling I have been given has helped me learn more about my Savior and His gospel.

How I live my faith

As a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my current assignment includes being a scout master in the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) program, as well as Deacon's Quorum assistant adviser. I love working with the 12-13 year old young men in my ward. They keep me laughing and they keep me young! I help them develop leadership skills, perform duties for the bishop, plan activities and follow through with these plans. We go camping once a month, which is a great way for the boys to feel closer to their Heavenly Father. Getting out in the great outdoors, away from their everyday life, helps the young men have good clean fun! Keeping the commandments is a way of life that brings greater joy and happiness to me and my family and those around me. Our family is very busy, but we still work hard at having daily family prayers and scripture study. We have weekly family home evenings. All this takes time and effort, but I know that I am blessed as a father when I can lead my family towards a Christlike life.