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Hi I'm Noralee

I love my family. I work with children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife to a wonderful man and a mother to a terrific teenager. My family is very important to me and I love them dearly. From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a Speech Therapist... I went to the BYU, completed the courses as soon as possible, found a job, and began my dream ... that of working with children. I have been working in this field for almost 30 years... and I'm still "living the dream". Every day presents another opportunity to help someone ... always a challenge and very rewarding. As a child of God, I am grateful for my ability to communicate my thoughts and feelings with my family, my friends and especially, with my Heavenly Father. Being able to communicate joy, love, hope, empathy, frustration, sadness is a blessing a person might take for granted... until you know someone who cannot communicate very well. It can be a real struggle for those people and for their loved ones. Children have a special place in my heart. They are curious little people with a desire to grow, to learn and to share what they have learned. As we work together, focusing on communication goals, these little ones experience more success and more self-confidence ... and everyone wins. What could be better than that! I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for all of His blessings. I am grateful for His infinite ways of communicating His Love for all of His children.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always belonged to the LDS faith. My family is Mormon. As I was growing up, we attended church weekly, we had family prayers, we basically did the best we could to be a good Mormon family. I had little understanding of the blessings I took for granted. Our family life made sense to me and that was that. When I graduated from BYU, I moved to Washington State and began a new journey on my own. I continued to do the things I had been taught- attending church, serving in callings, praying... and my testimony of our Savior was fine. After a while, life threw me a couple of trials. Expectations didn't get met. So, I took a break for a while- attending church less often, praying less often, and looking for new friends. I found new friends, many of whom did not come from homes like mine, many of whom did not believe in our Heavenly Father the way I always have. As I became less dependent on my relationship with God, I realized that joy was temporary. I could be happy doing fun activities with friends, but when I came home, I was really lonely and sad. I knew God loved me and yet, I was the one removing myself from His company. I guess sometimes you don't know what you have until it's gone or leaving you... and then you want that thing more than anything else in the world. I got up early one Sunday, went to church and met with my Bishop who gave me wonderful counsel and... I followed it. Within a short time, peace came back into my life. My thoughts changed from "why me" to "how can I help others." The more I served, the more joy and peace came to me. The truth is... "Charity never failth". To this very day, I will stand and declare my testimony that God lives. He made the world. He made us. He loves His children, more than words could express. Jesus Christ is my Savior. His atonement is for all the people. Christ knows our pains. He knows our ills and our weaknesses. He knows how to comfort and give love to all.

How I live my faith

Everyday, is a new opportunity to be the best Christian I can be. Everyday, I thank the Lord for another opportunity to serve Him. Everyday I think about the three key elements of lasting Joy... FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY. How can I make these things a reality in my daily living? I choose to be His instrument in sharing the Gospel. I want to share the real Joy and Peace that comes from knowing that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to succeed... every single person. He created a Plan of Happiness from the beginning. He created each of us and we knew him before we came to this earth. He continues to have an active interest in each of us. My hope is that we invite Him to be involved in our lives. He and His son, Jesus Christ, are waiting for that invitation. I do have to admit that some days it's easier than other days to have Faith, Hope, and Charity. Some days it's easier than other days to feel His Love. One might ask, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" or "What did I do to deserve this?" As I ponder these questions, I am often reminded that we need to know/experience the sad/bad things... to appreciate/know/experience the good things in this life. How could we really appreciate a nice beautiful banquet with all the gourmet food... if we didn't know about hunger. Hunger is painful and eating good food is Heavenly! What a contrast! I am so thankful for my life and pray each day that I will do those things that Heavenly Father wants me to do.