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Hi I'm Nora

I grew up in a small town in Idaho. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Washington and my family moved to Idaho when I was five. Since then I've been raised in a small, western town, tucked in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I love to spend my time outside enjoying God's creations. Whether it's hiking, fishing, camping, 4-wheeling, or simply going for a walk down the dirt road at sunset I'll be there soaking in every minute of it. I have a passion for volleyball and played it all four years of high school. My senior year of high school my mom found out she had cancer. This was a really hard thing for our family to face since three of her sibling had already passed away from various forms of cancer. It was hard to see my mom suffer as she went through treatment. Although this was a hard experience I know that my Father in Heaven looks out for each of his children, as he blessed my mom with the strength to make it through and to live. After graduation, I went to college for two years and received my Associates Degree in General Studies. I am currently preparing to serve a mission to help bring others the knowledge of the restored gospel that I have been so blessed to have my whole life. When I return, I hope to go back to school to become a Speech/Language Pathologist (therapist).

Why I am a Mormon

Originally, I was a Mormon because my parents were. As I grew older, I had to decide for myself whether or not I believed in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Some people have certain moments in their life when they knew without a doubt that the LDS church was true, but for me it was a combination of experiences that occurred throughout my life. Sometimes I have thought to myself, "There are many people out their who believe that their religion is the only true church, how are we any different?" But when I pray to ask Heavenly Father if he is really there and if he loves me, I am filled with an overwhelming love that comes from Him. When I read about Jesus Christ I know without a doubt in my mind that he did suffer for all of our sins, pains, and temptations so that through Him we can become clean again as we repent. When I read of Joseph Smith, a prophet of God who restored God's church here upon the Earth, there is no doubt in my mind that he is a prophet, he did see God and Jesus Christ face to face. I am a Mormon because I have learned of the truth, and I don't believe it to be true, I KNOW it's true. I know that we are children of God, our Heavenly Father, who loves us so much. We are here on this Earth to learn and grow so that we might return to live with Him someday. In order to return to Him we must be clean and pure, as humans we sin and we make mistakes which is why God sent Jesus Christ to the Earth. He suffered for our sins and our pains so that we would not have to. Through repentance, we can give our sins to Christ and since he already suffered for them we will not have to. I know that The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, testifies of Christ. Along with the Bible, it teaches the truth of the gospel. I know that we have a prophet on the Earth today, Thomas S. Monson, who guides the church through revelation from Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon, because I KNOW it to be true. It makes sense and gives meaning and guidance to my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving as a teacher to the sisters in my ward and visiting a few of them throughout the month. Although many times I feel inadequate and do not feel like the best teacher, I pray for Heavenly Father to guide me in the things I should teach and He helps me share what it is that he would tell the sisters. At least once a month I visit a few of the woman in my ward and make sure that they are doing well, helping them as needed. This is one thing that I love about Mormon's is that they've always got your back. Whenever you are in need there is always a whole group of people willing to help and support you. This is something that I desire to become, not only within the LDS church but with everyone I meet. I want to exemplify charity, which is the pure love of Christ, helping those around me know that they really are important and loved not only by me, but by their brother Jesus Christ and their father who is God.