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Hi I'm Norm Jones

I live in Arizona, I was born a triplet (with 2 other guys), and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad of 3 boys-- young men now. I have a beautiful wife named Brooke and we've been married for almost 23 years-- I call all of my loved ones a series of terms of endearment that only their father, husband or best friend calls them. It just comes naturally--I've done that with anyone really close to me--given them at least one nickname of my own. I call these "emonyms" because they are names born of the emotion of that person in the moment. These names evolve also. I'm not really sure why I do it, my brain just does that. It could have to do with the fact that I'm a triplet. I'm also a twin-- allow me to explain: I am the firstborn of 3 boys (I have the birthright but they have the height) and the second born is my identical twin and the last born is fraternal-- so, the youngest looks different than the second-born and I. At one point I felt a little self-conscious about all the weird names I come up with for those closest to me, but then I realized that the Lord has a LOT of names--why? Because we love Him so much! Then, I decided that must be the reason I do that-- to come up with different ways of expressing love for my wife and kids, brothers and sisters and best friends.

Why I am a Mormon

This is why I'm a Mormon-- my first name rhymes with "Mormon"! Just kidding-- that's not the real reason I am one, although if I had a buck for each time I heard "Norman the Mormon" I'd be doing pretty well. I was born a Mormon but when I went on a mission, I admittedly did not know much about the gospel. Prior to my mission to South America, I believed it was true simply out of pure family inertia-- my parents were mormon, their parents were mormon, etc. etc. But when I got out on my mission there was me, the Lord, and the people I was called to serve. So, there was a LOT of time spent praying and reading the scriptures, learning about other religions and how their beliefs differed from the LDS faith. The greatest gift my mission gave me was the chance to draw close to God and Jesus Christ. I was able to ask them personally (as the Book of Mormon invites) where the truth was. I felt at an early age, the best thing to do in life was to FEEL my way through it and not rely only on my limited brainpower (compared to the omniscience of God). Even so, my mission not only provided the confirming power of the Holy Ghost that told me through the most tender feelings of my heart that the LDS faith I was born into was indeed His true church restored from ancient times, but I also witnessed miracles that I was personally involved with. Miracles both physical (people healed from sickness and accidents) as well as spiritual miracles (people seeing themselves as God sees them).

How I live my faith

I feel that I live my faith in a number of ways-- I love the Lord and i place a high value on my relationship with Him and my Father in heaven. So, because of that, I invest some time each day in developing and enriching that relationship. Through that relationship I am able to feel His Spirit every day and feel after His purposes and ways I can help and serve others in my path--not just those that attend church with me, but my neighbors and co-workers. I currently serve in the bishopric, which is sort of like being the assistant to the pastor of a congregation. It's all voluntary, which is one of the things I love about the church. The Old Testament and New Testament both warn against priestcraft, which is accepting money for any work done while ministering to others as a disciple of Christ. A few years of service to others and studying the scriptures personally is enough time for the Lord to bless others' lives in a leadership position. After a couple years you are given a different calling, all through inspiration from the Holy Ghost to help us grow. If members of a congregation don't serve each other, how can they grow spiritually?