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Hi I'm Norma

I'm a Mormon. My early years were spent in a gold mining camp on Route 66 during the Great Depression. I have written a book.

About Me

First of all, I am a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. Most of my life has been spent raising my three daughters, and now being in the lives of my grandchildren and great grandchildren. I sewed most of my daughters' clothing as they were growing up and also made curtains, bedspreads, etc. to beautify my home. I was also very busy in church callings. Before marriage I attended a year of college with majors in history and English and a minor in art. Out of the three, history has remained my favorite. While in college I enjoyed painting, preferably in water colors. But after the birth of my second daughter, I found I preferred spending my time working with them. After leaving college, I worked two years at a New Mexico mine office as a payroll clerk. After marriage I moved back to Arizona and worked for two years in a CPA office as a secretary and also spent time as a model. But of most interest to me, after my living family, is searching for my dead ancestors. I have experienced miracles in these searches, and I have come to feel that I know each one. The search is constant and so thrilling and exciting when I find one. These searches have run concurrent with everything else I have done in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

At 17 years of age I was desperate to find meaning to life. I had no religion. I wasn't even certain there was a God or Jesus Christ. They were too good to be true--like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. But I did have good parents who taught me through example what was right and what was wrong. But that was not enough when my uncle died when I was 16. I had to find more! I was searching but didn't know what I needed or where to find it. But when I walked with my new LDS friend into a very small LDS branch meeting held in a womens' club, the Spirit told me that these people had something I wanted and needed. I was baptized 6 months later at 18 in the Mesa Arizona Temple! Upon learning there really was a loving Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, it was like being told, without any doubt, that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny really did exist--it was that surprising to me. When I began living the Gospel I didn't know that it was true, but I believed it strongly enough to live it. Through the trials and tribulations of my life, and the miracles I have experienced in overcoming them, there has come a certainty and confirmation that I now know that the Gospel is true...belief has turned into knowing.

How I live my faith

Over my life I have worked with young children and the youth church organizations. I also spent much time teaching women literature, social studies and spiritual matters. From my home I have used the latest technologies to connect with people worldwide to help them with their questions as they search to find their ancestors.