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Hi I'm Norman Donald

I grew up in, Michigan and served in the Army as a MP in Korea and as a Medic during Vietnam era. I'm a Morman

About Me

I am a government retiree and spent quite a bit of time overseas. I am an avid sports nut, and enjoyed officiating for almost 30 years on the High School and College level. I am a dad and a grandfather of 28. Since they live all over the US, it gives me plenty of opportunity to travel. I was fortunate to have three uniquely different career in my lifetime, so far, and loved each one of them without regrette. They all gave me plenty of contact with people. I had a chance to make friends that have lasted over the years, and I had the chance to give service to those in need. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, as we all do, but that is part of the living process. I figured that if I wasn't dropping the ball every now and then, I wasn't really in the game.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1971, a man and his wife invited me me and my family of four , at that time, to dine in their home. I had a few business dealings with the family and was impressed with the way the family reacted to strangers. We arrived at the home and noted that other guests were there as well. It was the first time I had the honor of meeting two young gentlemen by the first name of Elder. They were quite young but very knowledgeable about a plan that would bring us closer to true happiness. We started meeting at our friends home every week to learn more about this plan. The Elders took us through weeks of teachings and discussions and praying. Our family was not attending an organized church at the time but we knew that we needed and were missing spiritual meaning to our lives. My wife and I had been raised in church all of our lives, but let it slip away, blaming lack of time and all the usual excuses for not maintaining spiritual guidance. I couldn't remember all that was being said during our weekly discussions but I could see where it would be of help to the children if we allowed them to catch the spirit. Yes, we will investigate for the children. They even had softball and basketball, that would keep them busy. Scouts too?? What a bonus!! The fact that the Priesthood was out of reach at that time didn't bother me none, I didn't want to wear colorful robes and hat and bless people anyway.

How I live my faith

Now that I have been in the church over 40 years. I find that I still have a lot to learn about the true gosple of Christ. I find that I could never serve too much, or have too much cherity or love for our fellow men. I do believe that we are our brother's keeper. One thing that hurts me most is when people refer to one of my children as your natural or "blood" child. I think at our teachings. Where does it say that you treat any of your children differently? All of Gods natural children? I have been fortunate to have served in many ward posistions. My frist was as Scoutmaster in the early 70s. It was at that time that I felt that the Lord had given me some important responsibility in working with the children. Hometeaching is a calling of service. We have a responsibility to carry information and messages to those we are assigned to. What greater kindness than to be able to assist fellow brothers and sisters when ever we can. I have found it far better to seek and preform service than to wait and have someone ask for help. I have always been a shower singer and proud of it. I know that we take pride in our many church choirs. I will never forget the gentle nudging I received when one of our congregation leaders invited not with voice to join the choir, but those posessing lips to commit. What joy I have received giving "lip" service to those who will hear. I have no idea where I or my family would be today had it not been for an aquaintance taking the time to as a family that they hardly knew to share one of their most presious gifts, the Gospel Of Jesus Christ. I give thanks often for those that have taught me through work, and example. As I ponder the plan of salvation, I realize everything is about service to others and obedience. As we serve, we are served. I share this testimony of the teaching of the Gospel. I know that as we follow those teachings, we can gain a place in His kingdom.