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Hi I'm Norman

I was born and raised a mormon, but there comes a time in everyone's life that they must come to know that it is true.

About Me

I am the youngest of 5 children. I had a brother that died when he was two that I have never known, he would have been the 2nd oldest. I was born and raised a Mormon and so I never knew anything different (coming from a small SE Arizona town) until I turned 19 and decided to serve a mission for my church. I was sent to New York City and boy what a cultural shock as well as a climate shock. Arizona is hot and New York can be freezing. This was the greatest 2 years of my life as I came to know a lot about myself and more importantly about my savior and came to know, for myself, that the church is indeed true. Upon returning home I went to college and met my future wife. She is a great example to me. We have 5 great children and 12 wonderful grandchildren. I love all sports, especially basketball. I was voted Most Valuable Player (in all sports) my senior year. I enjoy hunting, but had an accident with a gun that blew my left thumb off and so I took up archery which has proved to be the best hobby I ever taken up. I served as a Bishop for approximately 5 years and archery really helped relax me and have me concentrate and focus on something else for at least an hour or two. I have been involved in the restaurant business most of my life serving in many upper level management positions. I also transfer audio and video items (vhs tapes, audio cassettes, lp's, etc and put them on DVD's and CD's.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm a Mormon is very simply because I have come to know, for myself, that this church is true. It contains all the saving ordinances necessary for returning back to my heavenly father, as well as those same ordinances being performed for our kindred dead, thus allowing all mankind the ability, through obedience, to enter back into Gods presence. My coming to know this happened early on in my mission experience in New York. I was up late at night studying the "discussions", when it seemed that I was gazing into the ceiling and all the parts of the discussions, were jumbled and disorganized, then they started to move and then kept moving until they came together and formed a beautiful picture. I read the Book Of Mormon several times on my mission ( along with the other standard works) and applied the promise that is contained in Moroni 10:4-5 and know without hesitation that the Book of Mormon is true. I know by that same process that Joseph Smith was the Prophet of the restoration and that Thomas S. Monson is a living Prophet today. As Joseph Smith said "I knew that God knew that I had seen a vision and that I could not deny what I had seen". I have not seen a vision, but I know with the same conviction, that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ and my personal Savior, that the scriptures are true and this church is the only true and living church on the earth today. I know the atonement is real, as I have seen it's effects in the lives of many people. I have come to know that there is a direct relation between being obedient and happiness. I used to tell the members of my ward that if they wanted to be happy, be obedient and that if they wanted to be more happy, be more obedient. I have tried to pattern my life accordingly. As a youth I had 2 wonderful parents that taught me the importance of service and obedience, Their lives reflected that till the day they died. I look forward to seeing them again. "No empty chairs".

How I live my faith

I have served in virtually every position one can serve in. I was talking to a friend of mine once and we were discussion what callings we had received. We both agreed that neither of us wanted to be a Scout Master, about 2 weeks later, I was called to be the Scout Master of a very good troop. My first Court of Honor was to conduct an Eagle ceremony for 6 boys receiving their Eagle Rank. Fortunately, I was released from that calling about 3 month later so I couldn't drag it down further. The first calling my wife and I had was as dance instructors to the young men and young women, what a hoot that was. I have taught the Gospel Doctrine class in Sunday School numerous times. I have served in a Bishopric for a newly organized organized ward, and been through the wonderful experience of staffing every auxiliary. What a wonderful experience that was, to see the workings of the Spirit in calling individuals to various positions. My wife and I taught the young single adults for about 4 years and again what a wonderful experience. When teaching a concept I would always ask "clear as mud"? To this day, years later, when I see them they will say "yes it is as clear as mud". They have said I should have that on my tombstone. I have served in men's organization (Elders Quorum and High Priest Group leadership). I served as a Bishop of a ward for almost 5 years and had many remarkable experiences as I saw the love of the Savior work in individuals lives to bring them peace and comfort. I have served on the High Council twice and am currently serving there. My wife is the great example of service and love to me. She truly has compassion for her fellow man and charity toward all people. To me there can be no greater calling than to teach, whether it is the youth or adults. I love to study the scriptures and find those hidden formulas for success. The scriptures are full of them. I love my Savior. I will be forever in awe of his marvelous atonement.