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Hi I'm Noel

I grew up in Southern California, am the eldest of nine children, and served a mission in Colombia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father used to joke that he was the proud father of three and a half dozen children! After seeing the shock on people's faces, he would then explain that he had 3 daughters and 6 sons, still a large family. Being the eldest, I grew up feeling the responsibility to help my parents, especially my mother, with the younger children. As such, I always tried to set a good example to my siblings and help when I could. Ours was a latter-day saint home. My mother was born in the church while my father was a convert, joining the church after he got out of the army. They were people of faith who did what they could to instill that faith in their children. After high school, I served a Spanish speaking mission for the church in Colombia. After my mission, I went to Brigham Young University, where I met my bride. We are the proud parents of 3 daughters and a son, who in turn have blessed us with 8 grand children and 3 more on the way. I love art, music, dancing, theater, reading and listening to audio books, playing games, especially roll playing games, and studying the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the church, and knew from a very early age that my Heavenly Father loves me and cares about me, I still had to gain a testimony of my own that the church was true. This is not to say that I can ever remember a time when I did not believe it was true, I just realized I needed to really know for myself. In my high school years I attended early morning seminary and studied the scriptures, praying often for an answer. That answer finally came while I was watching a live performance of "Saturday's Warrior", a play, written by latter-day saints, about God's plan of happiness. It just hit me so strong, as though a voice said to me, "It's true! It's all true!" I have had many other witnesses since then, both during my mission and afterwards, that have strengthened that conviction to where I can truly say today that I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, as is Thomas S. Monson today. Jesus Chirst lives and atoned for the sins of all those who will repent and follow him.

How I live my faith

I serve as a member of the High Council in the church. This means I serve as a travelling councilor, with responsibility to visit the various congregations in our area, speaking each month in one of the units and serving as a resource when needed. My specific assignment is to work with the youth and youth leaders in the church and to oversee the care and maintenance of the church facilities as well as provide technical support when needed. I enjoy meeting with the members of the church and getting to know the youth. I also serve as a Unit Commissioner in the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a liaison between the local scout council and the scout units in the church. I love the Boy Scout program, and formerly served as a Cub Master, Assistant Scout Master, and Scout Master. I enjoy working with the youth and feeling their love and enthusiasm for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Although members, especially young men, are strongly encouraged to prepare for and serve missions, missionary service is entirely voluntary. I myself served a 2 year mission in Bogota, Colombia, supported by my own savings, and the support of my parents. While on my mission, I grew to love the Colombian people and the beauty and rich heritage of that country. It was an opportunity for me to give back to the Lord and share the Gospel that I love with others who were willing to listen and prayerfully seek to know for themselves that what we were teaching was true. Show more Show less