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Hi I'm Norma

I'm a mom and grandma who likes to read, write, and dream. I believe in miracles and the power of love. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family and my faith are the center of my life. They are also my source of comfort, joy, and peace. My husband of 40 years is my best friend and our children and grandchildren make my heart fairly burst with love and delight. My Savior has always been there to carry me through even the darkest times. I have no doubt that He loves me and knows my name. I love to laugh and tease and share my life with others. I've been exercising with my girlfriends at 5 AM for more than 25 years. We've jogged, walked, danced, and discussed every subject under the sun while we worked out. We are not thin, but we figure we'd look much worse if we hadn't exercised all these years. Besides, we've saved a bundle by being our own therapists and advisers. I have a lifelong love affair with books. I preferred them to dolls as a child. Once I start a good book, I can't seem to put it down. After taking a 30-year break, I returned to college and graduated in journalism. I'd like to write a feature column before I die. My parents were both alcoholics. I see now that they were also good people who loved me and accomplished amazing things despite their addictions. I wish I had been more understanding and compassionate while they were alive. My friends and their families showed me what loving families do and how they work. I owe most of what I am today to their willingness to befriend and mentor me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. The more I understand and live the teachings of Jesus Christ, the more joy and purpose I find in life. I grew up in the church, but in the beginning I mostly attended out of duty or habit. I think that all began to change when I received a special blessing as a young girl from one who had been given authority to act for God. He did not know me before the blessing was given, but the words and answers I was given could not have been known by anyone other than God. This was the beginning of my testimony. As I followed Christ's invitation to do His will, I have been blessed with a peaceful assurance that this is His church which has been restored by authority in our day. I know we are led by a prophet and that revelation continues in our day, inclduing in our personal lives. I have felt of the Savior's love and the healing power of His atonement. I love my family and find great hope in the promise that we can be together through eternity by our obedience and through His mercy and grace. If you have questions, pain, doubts or fears, don't hesitate to find out more about this wonderful gospel of love and forgiveness and new beginnings.

How I live my faith

I love to teach the truths of the gospel, especially to young people. Hearing children sing about Jesus and His example and love is like having a taste of heaven on earth. I also enjoy teaching women gospel subjects, cooking, and budgeting. Some of the most rewarding moments I have spent have been with young women, age 12-18. They taught me as much or more than I taught them as we went to camp, organized activities, and spent quiet moments learning of Heavenly Father and His plan of happiness for us. There were also opportunities to counsel with them individually as they faced difficult challenges and decisions. Many of them now have families of their own, but they still keep in touch. I try to live what I teach. Because of my experiences growing up, I know the power of reaching out to include others and helping them come unto Christ. I pray for opportunities to serve others through simple acts of kindness and understanding. I'm especially mindful of those who may feel left out or less worthy. I would hope to "pay forward" the goodness extended to me by my childhood friends. One of my most rewarding assignments is to watch over four women in our church group. My partner and I pray for them, visit them at least monthly, listen to them, encourage them, and love them unconditionally. I'm sure I would not have loved these women so deeply had I not been given this assignment. One woman we have visited for 30 years is a member of another faith. She has valiantly cared for her husband who suffered a stroke at a young age. I could not love my own sister more than I love her. I love opportunities to serve. It doesn't matter if we are sorting cans at a community food bank, making quilts for those in need, cleaning someone's house or shoveling snow, I find great happiness and satisfaction in lending a helping hand. I believe that God often uses us as the answer to someone else's prayer. My husband and I are leaving on a mision to share the gospel in Canada for 18 months.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

The missionaries will share a message about Jesus Christ and how His teachings and example can bless you and your family with peace and love and purpose. They will explain that they value your current faith and beliefs and want to add even more to them. They will teach you how you are known and loved by God. Show more Show less