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Hi I'm Morten

I'm a Norwegian immigrant to the United States, I love sports, music and technology, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy skiing, however there is a scarcity of snow in Texas so I have put that hobby on hold for a while. I have a wonderful wife and 4 children. I enjoy going to the gym, playing pokeman or UNO with my 9 year old daughter, or just hanging out with our teenage children. I enjoy taking my wife out on a date. We treasure the time we spend together as we are both busy with work, housework, Church and children's activities. Life hasn't always been easy with my wife's cancer, but we're counting every day as a blessing. 14 years ago when our 3rd child was born, my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 oligodendroglioma cancer. We were told that there was nothing the doctors could do. The only confort we had was that we would have each other in the next life because we had been married in the Temple. However, God has mercifully granted much more time for us to be together although the recovery has sometimes been slow during the past 14 years we count ourselves eternally grateful. We realize that we are not in control when it comes to life or death, but that we are to make the most of our every day together, with our children, extended family, friends, and neighbors. I'm a Product Manager for one of the largest services and IT companies in the world, and a husband of 20 years. I joined this church when I was 19 years old which was the single best decision in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it give me a down to earth, realistic understanding of Christ's doctrine. This Church's teachings and practices nourishes my hope in a way no other earthly institution can. I used to be agnostic; then I was a Lutheran for a while; but I was not satisfied. Now I am fully satisfied and keep learning and growing in ways I didn't know exisited. I love this Church because is gives me purpose for the loneliness, the discouragement and dispair we all feel at various times in our lives. Being a Mormon is fun, it's challenging, it's stimulating, is gives a deep and satisfying desire to do good and a powerful motivation to love, to forgive, and to be a little better. I love being a Mormon because it helps me realize and recognize that a loving Heavenly Father is there--even at my lowest nadir, and helps me take a small step at a time. The benefits from my membership is worth every effort I can ever provide.

How I live my faith

I was baptized when I was 19 years old. Since then I have tried to read the scriptures daily--including the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and words of our living Prophet and Apostles. I think living my faith is translated to how I treat other people. My wife and children foremost, then others throughout the day. I try to spend time with those that mean the most to me building these most important relationships. I gain spiritual energy--to do good--by daily prayers and scripture studies. Especially on Sunday, but also during the week, I look for ways to help others. I am touched by the Widows and single Mothers in our congregation who give quiet acts of service. Most people don't know of these kind acts, but when I learn about them I am touched with a desire to follow their good examples.