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Hi I'm Norene

I grew up in Sandy, Utah, graduated from Jordan High School. I am married have 6 children, 21 grandchildren & 2 great.

About Me

I grew up in Utah the youngest of 6 children. Three of my siblings have passed away. I am married to a wonderful spouse for 55 years. We had 6 children and our second child died at 7 months. It was a difficult time for us but it was an experience that drew us closer to our Father in Heaven. We are grateful for her life and the things we have learned. We hope to be with her again in the next life. Two of our children live in other states and so we don't get to see them as often as we would like. We have a reunion with them almost every year. We try in some way to include in memory our little girl that died. One year we each wrote a message we would like to tell her. We bought a bouquet of carnations and each wrote their message and put it in a vase on her grave. We sang songs about families being together forever and being a child of God. The children still remember this experience. I love flowers and planting them to beautify our yard and home. I also love to quilt and have made many quilts for my children, sisters, and grandchildren. I am not able to do this now because arthritis in my hands. I love music and like to sing and listen to spiritual music.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 8 years old. I went to church with my best friend and neighbor. Her father would take us to church and drop us off. My sister, who is 7 years older than I am, got married in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. Prior to this time my parents who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were not active members. But they became active and we went to church together. Having already been married for time, they were married for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple the day before my sister was married in the same temple. On the day they were married for eternity, I was sealed eternally to my parents family. When I was 11 years old, when I went to the temple to be sealed to my parents, and seeing the beauty of the temple, I knew that was where I wanted to be married for time and all eternity. Seven years later, I met a man who became my fiance, and we were married in the Salt Lake Temple. By living the Lord's commandments and keeping the covenants that we made in the temple, we believe we will be married forever through time and all eternity. One day while I was working in the temple, I saw a picture of Jesus Christ putting his arms out and blessing others. I was having some trials in my life and in my mind that picture spoke to me saying to cast my burdens upon Him (Jesus Christ) and he would give me rest. It felt real and I have loved seeing that picture ever since, and I have felt his blessings. I have a testimony, I know God lives and He hears and answers prayers. Prayers aren't always answered at the exact time we feel they should, but in Heavenly Fathers time they are answered, if we have faith in him. We need to do all that we can ourselves then he will help us do what we are unable to do. I testify the scriptures are true, which includes the Book of Mormon and how the Book of Mormon was obtained and translated. The Book of Mormon testifies to the truthfulness of the Bible.

How I live my faith

I have served in many positions working with women, children, and youth and I have enjoyed that service. I have served, with my husband, as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months in Kentucky. We have just been called to serve another mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a temple for 12 months. We have served in our home area for 9 years, one or two days a week, in a temple and we love serving there feeling the spirit of the Lord as we serve. With another woman, I go visiting teaching to visit three or four women each month to check on their welfare. We insure everything is going well for them or if they have needs that we can assist them with. We take a short message each month as we visit. We also check with them at times during the month to see how they are doing between our visits. My spouse and I read the scriptures together, which helps us to understand them and how they apply to us in our lives and times. I have felt the tender mercies of our Heavenly Father in my life and more so in the last 9 months. I am grateful to know He loves me and hears and answers my prayers.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Learn eternal truths. Receive sacred ordinances, including those that bind husband and wife together for eternity, as well as join children and parents (Malachi 4:5-6). Provide ordinances such as baptism for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:29); 1 Peter 4:6) Show more Show less