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Hi I'm Noelle

I'm a wife, a mother of four, a marathon runner, a group fitness instructor, a musical theater aficionado, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a home where music, art and a love of books reigned supreme. My father was infamous for his work ethic as a physician in the medical community and my mother was an artist. They converted to the LDS faith after their marriage and built the foundation of our home on the teachings and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I attended Brigham Young University where I met my wonderful husband. Eleven years later, we have four amazing, bright and beautiful children. When I first became a mother, the responsibility was overwhelming and exhausting. All the tasks we perform as mothers seem so mundane, like endless refuse--discarded, unimportant and non-quantifiable. Everything we do is undone. Laundry, meals, changing, cleaning, repeat. And then one day I realized that I could continue treating these "chores" as mundane, trivial tasks or I could perform them with intent and overall, eternal purpose in mind. Finding the "art" in motherhood is an art. But there is another secret to being a great mother: finding joy in something other than your children. Seems paradoxical, but so it is. Teaching group fitness classes and motivating others to adapt healthier lifestyles gives me energy, inspires me and helps me experience joy in something separate from my children. I am also a runner. I even ran a half marathon when I was 7 months pregnant with my fourth baby. I ran my first full marathon this past year and have four more full marathons in the books for next year!

Why I am a Mormon

Life is hard. The world in which we live is full of chaos and disorder wherever we look. With all of the pernicious voices in our world today, how can a mother know what is right and correct for her family and her little ones? I depend on prayer, the scriptures, and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Through faith, I am awarded a guiding sense of peace, understanding, and knowledge concerning how I should raise my children and what I should teach them. Not only does it guide decisions about my family, but it also guides me in how I conduct myself in the workplace, at the gym, in my classes, and how best to inspire others in their fitness endeavors. Without the foundation of the gospel in my life, I doubt that I would know where to turn for peace and for answers. My faith and testimony of Jesus Christ is what anchors me and my family to all that is eternal, everlasting, and which will bring true joy and happiness. I love being Mormon!

How I live my faith

I serve where and when the Lord has need of me and live where the Lord feels me and my family are most needed. This varies all the time. At any time I may be serving with the young women in our church (ages 12-18) or with the older women of our congregation (ages 18+) or with the children (ages 18 months to 11 years old). I have served as an organist during our congregational meetings, a pianist for the children's singing time, an education specialist for members of our church, and a visiting teacher. Living where the Lord needs our family means my husband and I are prayerful about where we should live, what schools our children should attend and jobs for which we apply. Usually this means we find ourselves in the last place we ever would have imagined--like living in Mexico City for three years! But we always know it was the right choice, because we exercised faith in the decision process and felt peaceful confirmation as we moved forward. I live a faith-inspired life and it has made all the difference.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Noelle
We know and understand that our bodies are a precious gift from a loving Heavenly Father. By abstaining from tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea and illegal drugs, we are keeping ourselves free from addiction and other harmful habits that would limit our ability to grow and progress. Why chain and inhibit my spirit and my body in that way? As a runner and group fitness instructor, I have learned that food is fuel. Like filling my tank with premium gas, what I put into my body affects my performance on race day and when I am teaching my classes. And each time I run, at some point in the run, I always think, "I am grateful to have two arms, two legs, a working heart, and healthy lungs. I am grateful for my body." Show more Show less