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Hi I'm Noelle

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised an only child but have two step-sisters that we saw often. A small farm full of horses and children was my dream. I still dream of owning a horse but certainly have filled our house with children. I am now a stay at home mom of 8 wonderful children and happily married for 25 yrs. I love to create whether it's through crafting, sewing, painting, watercolors, decorating, and lately digital design and photography.

Why I am a Mormon

My history involves mormon pioneer heritage but my family didn't go to church when I was young. As a matter of fact, neither my grandparents nor my parents were active church goers even though they were baptized members. But something stirred in my mother's heart when I was around 9. The two of us attended church with dad only coming sporadically. I was finally baptized when I was 10 with only Mom and I going to church regularly. But my testimony came gradually. As a teenager is when I finally decided that church was good and that I believed the gospel to be true. As I continued to live the commandments the best I could and studied the gospel, I came to know the gospel to be true and the Church to be the means to administer the gospel. Through the years my testimony has only strengthened and grown. I know more than ever that God lives, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that the Church is evidence of God's love for His children. He has made sure that the gospel that was given to His children in the beginning of time is also available to His children in the latter-days. Joseph Smith was the man chosen to restore the gospel to its fullest. God answers prayers for I've seen it in my life. Not only that, but He is evident in my everyday living.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church is a way of life for me. I attend what ever meeting is required of me, not just because I've been asked to go, but I like to go. The church gives me opportunities to learn leadership, organization, homemaking skills, parenting skills and gospel knowledge. Besides learning, there are outstanding opportunities to serve. I've served in many capacities in the church and currently serve as the president of the youth organization for teenage girls. It's very time consuming, but very rewarding. It involves teaching on Sunday and preparing activities during the week including dances, conferences, classes and the like. Because raising my 8 children is a top priority, it takes most of my time. But I never turn down serving in the Church and where possible, in the community. My service in the community usually involves helping my neighbors, the local school and voting.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

As members of the church, we celebrate the major Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter because of their spiritual significance. We also celebrate local holidays, birthdays, etc. On Sunday, we wear our best clothing which includes dresses or skirts for women and girls, suits, dress shirts and ties for the the men and boys. Our clothing should represent our inner reverence for the day. If there is a need for reverence in a meeting we will also wear similar dressy clothes. But will dress casually for activities. During all occasions, we dress modestly to show reverence for the bodies God gave us. Show more Show less