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Hi I'm Nora

I'm a wife and a mom. I like to read and run and sing, but not all at the same time. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Many years ago, I graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. But for the past 20+ years, I've been a stay at home mom to my kids. There are six of them, ranging in age from 20 to three, so there's always a lot going on around here. One of my favorite things to do is to sneak out of the house before everyone else is awake, and go outside to run, just before the sun rises. I LOVE those moments while it's light, but the sun is still below the horizon. I think that quiet time in the morning, where I can accomplish something just for me, helps me deal with the noisiness and commotion of a large family. Besides running, I enjoy reading, baking (another reason for the running!), and hanging out with my husband, family, and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, my family didn't belong to any church. Occasionally, we visited Protestant churches. I had friends from many different religions, and frequently attended services with them. I was always a bit envious of the sense of belonging that my friends experienced as members of their churches. By the time I was in my early teens however, I had concluded that there was no god and that religions were all based on myths and ancient traditions. In high school, I happened to become friends with several Mormon kids. I observed them closely, again envying that sense of belonging they had. I was impressed with their confidence in knowing and choosing between right and wrong. I didn't know much about their religion, but I knew it was different from other churches I had attended. I began reading The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, hoping to find answers to questions that perplexed me, such as, "Why don't Mormon's drink coffee?" The Book of Mormon doesn't address the coffee issue, in case you're wondering. But it does testify of Jesus Christ, the son of God and Savior of the world. Reading the Book of Mormon, I came to know in my mind and heart that God lives, that He knows me, and that He hears and answers our prayers. Reading the Book of Mormon, I received an assurance deep in my heart that Jesus Christ truly is God's son, that He lived on the earth, and is the Savior, and a true friend, to all mankind. Once I knew for myself that the Book of Mormon was true, I wanted desperately to be baptized and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents were concerned about my making such an important decision as a teenager. But I knew that I had found the Lord's true church on the earth, and that this was where I belonged. All that happened more than 25 years ago, and there has not been a moment of regret in all those years. Rather, my conviction of these truths has deepened, and I am grateful daily for the life that is mine.

How I live my faith

I pray. I search the scriptures. I look for ways that I can help other people. My husband and I work hard to teach our children the gospel of Jesus Christ. We go to church as a family every Sunday. We pray together as a family, and schedule regular times to discuss and teach gospel principles with our children. We happily accept opportunities to serve at church. Currently, my husband works with the Cub Scout troop and I plan classes and social activities for the women of our congregation. We also try to give service in our community. My husband volunteers with the county sheriff's department and I volunteer at my kids' schools. We've helped our children participate in service projects benefiting local women's and family shelters. Christ taught that we must love one another, and that inasmuch as we have served others, we have served Him. So we strive to love and serve those around us. Often, that just feels like being a parent--our children are the recipients of most of our service hours! But the gospel of Jesus Christ gives us a broader, eternal perspective. As we serve within our own family, we learn to love each other more, and we demonstrate our love for the Savior by keeping his commandments.