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Hi I'm Noel

I am son, husband, father, and grandfather. Professionally, I practice Chinese Medicine. And, of course, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and spent a lot of time at the beach. I graduated from Clairemont High School in San Diego, California and know from experience that San Diego is truly, "America's Finest City." I love education and have three degrees. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture from the National University of Health Sciences. I am happily married (33 years) and have two wonderful children. They are both married themselves, and I have four grandchildren. My grandchildren are the smartest, cutest, most exceptional, etc. people that one could ever know. I am very interested in traditional medicine and healing modalities. I am quite passionate about my practice of Chinese Medicine and nutrition.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the the faith and sacrifice of ancestors in Denmark, England, Scotland, and Wales who listed to missionaries and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These "Saints" sacrificed much in leaving their home countries and emigrating to the wilds of Western America. I am a Mormon because their descendants (my parents) were faithful, goodly parents who raised me to know wrong from right and encouraged my participation until I could know for myself that the Gospel was true. Finally, I am a Mormon because God hears and answers prayers. As I have studied the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other sacred documents I have come to know the truthfulness of the Joseph Smith story and the amazing restoration of all things that God has accomplished through his servants, the latter-day prophets.

How I live my faith

I currently have the wonderful opportunity of working with the full-time missionaries that are assigned to work with my ward. These young people are a great example and inspiration to me. They give up 1 1/2 to 2 years of their lives to serve wherever they are called to invite others to "come unto Christ." It is a blessing to be associated with them and their special work. I have enjoyed other diverse opportunities in church service over the years, many working with our youth. I have been on several "high adventure" excursions including canoeing in the Boundary Waters, whitewater rafting in West Virginia, and rock climbing in Wisconsin, Illinois and Tennessee. I also coordinated a youth basketball league for several years. It has been gratifying to be of service the high-quality young people that one typically sees in Mormon-sponsored youth organizations.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

My favorite thought on what blessings we can receive from the gift of the Holy Ghost is expressed in a quote from the early Mormon Apostle, Parley P. Pratt: “The gift of the Holy Ghost...quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands, and purifies all the natural passions and affections, and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates, and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings, and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness, and charity. It develops beauty of person, form, and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation, and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being.” I meditate on this often. It helps me to understand how the Holy Ghost can lift us and make us better people. By allowing this influence into our lives we can become the type of people that Jesus Christ wants us to be. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

The Bible provides us with many examples of how God deals with His children here on earth. The pattern that is clearly established time after time is that He works through prophets. Anyone who is familiar with the Old Testament recognizes names such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses who were called by our Heavenly Father as prophets to teach His truths and direct the efforts of His people. To make sure that we understand this concept, there is even a verse in the Old Testament that summarizes this pattern which says that, "...the Lord God will do nothing but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). It is no different today. Because God still loves His children, He continues to call and work with prophets. A young man named Joseph Smith (1805–44) was the first prophet called in modern times. Thomas S. Monson is God’s chosen prophet who lives today. I have a personal testimony that Brother Monson is a prophet of God. We are blessed by his counsel and guidance as he represents and speaks for our Heavenly Father about the specific issues and challenges that we face. Show more Show less