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Hi I'm Norma

I'm a Mormon. I live in a small town in the midwest. I have sisters. No brothers. I am a retired banker. Married 46 years.

About Me

What I will try to share are things that are most important to me. I have been married to my one and only husband for 46 years. We have 3 grown children and 11 grandchildren. We moved here 8 years ago to live with our older daughter, her husband and 5 children in this lovely quiet midwest small town. Three of their children are grown. One is in college in Utah and one is serving a mission for the church in Northwest US. I am a retired banker, in excellent health and just enjoy being retired. My husband is 17 years older than me, however he is likewise in excellent health. We enjoy our activity in the church and traveling a bit to visit our sisters and other children and their families. We lived many years in the Wichita, KS area and very much miss our friends and acquaintances there. As we travel we attend wards and branches in other states and find that there are people all over our great country who love the Gospel and love the Lord. I am the the Relief Society President in my small branch. We have faithful sisters who love and serve one another and their families. Because our branch is small we are very close to one another. We live on one of the main streets in town and everyone knows this is the place where people can come and feel welcome and loved. One of the great things about the church is that it is the same wherever

Why I am a Mormon

When our children were very young the Mormon missionaries knocked on our door. We were active in a Protestant church and thought we always would be. When the missionaries knocked on our door I was not interested in hearing about the church because I felt that I was happy where I was. However, my husband wanted to hear more about the church so he invited them back. My husband asked if I would sit in on the discussion with the missionaries. I agreed. I have always known the importance of truth-real truth. I was so committed to truth that when I was a little girl I would not play pretend games with my sisters and I carried it so far as to teach our children that Santa Claus was pretend. I did not believe in lying for any reason. So, when the missionaries taught the first lesson about the true gospel I wanted to know if they were telling the truth. I agreed to read the Book of Mormon and pray about its truthfulness. The missionaries continued to teach us week after week and about three months later we were baptized. That was forty years ago and my husband and I have never regretted our decision to be baptized. We have always remained active in the church. I

How I live my faith

There are basic principles that the gospel teaches that help us grow and remain close to the Lord. One of them is prayer. I believe that the Lord wants to help us with every aspect of our lives. He wants to bless us and help us be happy. The Lord has a plan for our lives-each one of us. We just need to know what that plan is. We learn His will for us by praying and asking for His guidance. I live by prayer and from the prompting of the Holy Ghost. I can see that the people of the world need the helping hand of the Lord. We have a Father in Heaven. He is anxious to hear from us. He longs for us to reach out to Him. So many times in my life I have needed help with a decision I needed to make or a problem I needed help with and He was there. The answer did not come as an audible voice but as a thought to my mind that was the answer to my prayer. I know that He can bless the lives of all of us if we turn to Him in daily prayer. I have learned that to be happy I must more fully follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. He suffered for our sins so that we, if we repent, will not have to suffer for those sins ourselves. To learn about the Savior and His ways we must read and study His word and His works. So daily scripture reading is also a part of our lives. The first Prophet of the restored Gospel is Joseph Smith. He was guided by our Heavenly Father to translate the Book of Mormon. It is a true book. The principles taught in it are true and apply to us today. I pray each day that I might share that knowledge with those around me. I cannot live the way world would have me live. I must follow the Savior and try to do His will for me. I must be the example He would have me be. I have a hope of living eternally with God and Jesus Christ. I know that that blessing is available to all of God's children if we will seek His will and obey His commandments. If is also the way to true happiness. I cannot compromise my beliefs for any reason.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I would certainly consider myself a Mormon woman. We are most basically like other women. Our families and our relationship to each member of the family is extremely important to us. We believe in caring for our children and spouses as well as our extended family. The church teaches Gospel Principles to help us learn how we can more perfectly follow our Savior, Jesus Christ. We support those teachings in our homes. We believe in being modest in behavior and appearance. We dress modestly. We believe in treating others respectfully. We are active in our communities. We support public and political ideas that support our beliefs. We believe that all babies have a right to be born. We believe that marriage is between a man and woman. We believe that men and women are equal but have different rolls in life. Mothers, whenever possible, should stay home to rear and train the children, while fathers should be the main financial support of the family. We also know that this is not always possible. Many Mormon women work to help support the family. We honor them for their sacrifice. Mormon women in no way are made to feel of less importance then men. We honor the rolls of each. We strive to live in a home of harmony and peace with Christ at the center of our home. Show more Show less