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Hi I'm Norris

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Norris... I am a husband of a wonderful wife of 18 years, father of seven children, an Army veteran, an emergency physician, and a bishop.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. Several of my ancestors became members of the church in the time of Joseph Smith. In fact, one of my ancestors, Caleb Baldwin, was a close friend of Joseph and was incarcerated with him in the Liberty Jail. However, even though I was raised with a belief in the church there came a time in my youth when I questioned my faith and I had to discover for myself that Joseph was a true prophet of God. When I decided to pray and ask God if he was a true prophet and if the Book of Mormon was true scripture translated by the power of God, I received a definite and profound answer to my prayer. This experience also confirmed to me that God is real and loves me, that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that there is a living prophet on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to be like Jesus Christ in all that I do, say, and think. Although I fall short of perfection every day, I can improve each day if I continually rely upon the Lord for guidance, protection, and strength. I live it by striving to be a loving husband and father. I also live it by faithfully serving the Lord and by accepting "callings" that come to me by church leaders. I'm grateful for the many service opportunities the church provides and the callings that I've had in the past. Because we don't have paid clergy there a many opportunities to serve. I have served in many callings including as a missionary in New York, as a scout leader, as a teacher, and currently as a bishop. A bishop is the leader of a congregation. As such it is my responsibility to spiritually strengthen each member, especially the youth. It is challenging and a lot of work but I have grown a lot spiritually. I have felt the Lord guide and strengthen me on many occasions and my relationship with Him is much closer. That is the great thing about the church. Whatever our calling, if we serve diligently the Lord blesses us with His spirit, especially when our service is to help others come to know Him better and to help them overcome their challenges and weaknesses. I am thankful to be a Mormon.