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Hi I'm Norene

I grew up in Idaho. I'm a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small farming community in Idaho. My wonderful parents taught all of their seven children to believe in God. They taught us how to pray. We worked with them on the farm. We raised potatoes, sugar beets, wheat, and alfalfa. We always took care of our animals, which included horses, cows, pigs, and chickens. We had an apple orchard and other fruit trees. We always had a very large garden and a Strawberry patch, and rows of Raspberries. We did a lot of canning, and we were quite self-sufficient. Mother would send me to the store to buy yeast cakes and bananas, and a few other things. All seven children graduated from college. I am the mother of six children and I have 31 grandchildren and 14 (almost 15) great grandchildren. After working four years as a secretary while my husband attended dental school in Chicago, I have been blessed to be a stay-at-home mother most of the time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church. My mother’s parents joined the Church in Germany and then they came to America to be married in the Salt Lake Temple. My father’s grandmother joined the Church in England and she brought three of her children, which included my grandfather at age 13, to America. My grandfather married my grandmother in the Salt Lake Temple. I have always had a testimony. I know that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and he restored the true Church – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After reading the Book of Mormon, I gained a testimony of the truthfulness of this book. From many prophets, I know that death is not the end and that we will all be resurrected. If we are married in a temple and if we are faithful we can be together with our families in the next life. This knowledge takes away the sting of death.

How I live my faith

I love my neighbors and I am honest. I always try to see the good in other people and in other religions as well. I pray each day that I will be the answer to someone’s prayer. I try to help others in any way that I can. I have taught in Primary, Young Women, Relief Society, and the Gospel Doctrine lesson in Sunday School. I have held many leadership positions including Ward and Stake Primary President and Ward and Stake Relief Society President. I was a temple ordinance worker for seven years, and I have served at the Mesa Regional Family History Center for ten years and I am still serving there.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Family relationships can last forever - not just for this life. When my husband died, I was comforted with the knowledge that if I were to keep the commandments of God, we could be together again and continue our eternal marriage and enjoy our family relations. I know that this is true because this is one of the basic teachings of our Church. I know that we have a living prophet who leads and guides this Church. He speaks for God and teaches us the doctrines that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would like us to learn. Show more Show less