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Hi I'm Norman

I'm a USMC and US Army veteran. I'm a nuclear engineer. I am a husband and a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and a father. I have been married twice. Between my current wife and myself, we raised eight children, seven of whom are still living. I served for two years in the US Marine Corps during Vietnam and then spent another eight years on active duty with the US Army. I finished my military career with 10 years in the Arizona National Guard, where I retired as a First Sergeant. I received a degree in nuclear engineering and spent 10 years serving in the nuclear field in both private and government jobs. Due to some injuries sustained during my time on active duty, I am now 100% disabled. I enjoy reading, particularly military history. Another hobby of mine is I like to wargame. Refighting old battles using cardboard counters. All our children are married now so it is just me, my wife, and my mother, who is 96, living at home. We enjoy camping and traveling to see grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon, but I still had to learn for myself whether it was true. My family goes back to the earliest days of the restoration of the gospel and the organization of the church. While my father's line is deep in church history, my mother is a convert to the Church from Argentina. I have no earth-shattering life experience which kept me in the Church, it is more a life-time of small things which over the years strengthened my testimony of the gospel, Jesus Christ, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have felt the power of the priesthood in my own life. I have used the priesthood in the lives of my family and others. I have received a testimony of the Book of Mormon by testing Moroni's promise in Moroni 10:4-5. The Spirit has testified to me of the truthfulness of the book and the principles within. Probably more than anything else, though, is that I have felt the power of the Atonement in my life and have received a testimony of the reality of Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Redeemer. God lives, as does His Son, Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is the word of God to those of us who live today that he is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God loves us all and knows each of us, His children and has provided the way for us to return to live with Him again through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There is a living prophet today who guides the Church under the direction of Jesus Christ. Of all these things I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

Today, I have two callings within my ward. I serve as a home teacher and as the executive secretary to the bishop. As a home teacher, I visit with three widows in our ward and provide assistance to them as needed. My companion and I visit with them at least once a month to see how they are doing and provide them a short message from the Church headquarters in Salt Lake. We also help with any items around the home that they may need help with. We report back to the bishop on our visits and keep him aware of any needs which the Church my help with. As executive secretary to the bishop, I am his administrative assistant. I track all his appointments and keep him aware of meetings he needs to attend. I also prepare agendas for all his meetings and participate in them in order to help follow-up with attendees on their assignments. I also provide any reports which he may require. To a lesser extent, I also provide many of the above services for the bishop's two counselors. Besides the duties outlined above, I am serving a two-year mission at the local Family History Center. Four days a week I assist patrons in their efforts to locate ancestors using books, microfilm, and computer and internet resources.