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Hi I'm Norma

I am a native of Arizona, USA. I am happily married to a "real Arizona cowboy". I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Because all but two of our nine children live nearby, one of my favorite pasttimes is spending time with them and our wonderful grandchildren. In fact, we eat together every Sunday. My mother was a wonderful musician and I thank her that I can play the piano and violin and love to sing. My dad was a rancher and I have always loved horses and determined that I would marry a good cowboy like him which I did -my husband is the best! We have an arena at our place where our family enjoy riding horses. I love watching for a full moon with my husband and sharing the good news, especially with our grandchildren. I like reading good books and particularly biographies and true stories. I have gained a keen interest in WW II history after spending 18 months in Manila, Philippines where my husband and I served a church mission. I love the Filipino people and their culture and appreciate the important role the Philippines played in WW II. After living away from the United States for a time, I know more than ever what a choice land America is and I am very grateful to be a United States citizen.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors, for many generations, were converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and my own parents and grandparents were lifelong members of the Mormon faith. I count it the greatest blessing in my life to have been raised a member of the true church of Jesus Christ. With all the turmoil in the world today, I find great strength in my testimony of Jesus Christ and His Atonement. As I read in the scriptures daily (including the Bible and Book of Mormon) I gain a greater knowledge and deep appreciation for what my Savior did for me and every other person who has or ever will live on this earth. I know, without a doubt, that Jesus died for each of us. He has been resurrected and lives today. That gives me such peace! What reassurance it is to me to know that we have a prophet on the earth today who receives revelation like the prophets of old. I testify that Joseph Smith was a instrument in God's hands in bringing forth the Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and know it is true. One of the most precious blessings to me of the true gospel of Jesus Christ is the doctrine of the plan of salvation which includes the sealing of families for eternity in God's holy temples. I, like so many others, treasure my children and grandchildren and the knowledge of being together forever means everything to me.

How I live my faith

There is not a day that goes by that I am not doing something that relates to my faith in the Mormon church. It is not just a Sunday religion. Every position that I have been asked to fill whether it was working in the women's organization or with the girls, ages 12 -18, or with the young children requires more time than on Sunday and has taught me something new. I have learned to conduct meetings, organize big events, teach various age groups, lead singing, play the piano, participate in community events, interact with a variety of personalities, and through it all have learned to love the people I serve. It is my opportunity to be a visiting teacher which means I go as a companionship each month with another woman to visit several women in our church one on one and serve their needs whether they are sick, having a baby, just need to talk, or simply need a gospel message. I have visiting teachers come to my home as well and they are such a blessing to me. Teaching and interacting with my own family has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my faith.