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Hi I'm Craig Norman

I joined the church in 1971 in Camarillo, CA, at the age of 16.

About Me

I'm a relatively new grandfather (1 young grandson), married, with 4 young adult children. I'm retired from working for 35 years since graduating from college, with plans to serve another mission for the LDS Church with my wife sometime in the next few years (we served together in Hong Kong 2010-1011). Due to work moves, we've lived in all 4 US mainland time zones. Besides the Gospel of Jesus Christ, my passions include my wife, children and grandson, as well as aviation (private pilot's license), camping and hiking.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 16, I was a happy son of good parents in a loving family. However, I was beginning to feel alone and unsure of my path as I watched friends begin experimenting with drugs, smoking and alcohol. I'm not completely comfortable sharing this, as I know it sounds conceited and self-righteous. However, my concern at that time was my fear of dabbling in these areas that I considered harmful and addicting - even uncontrollable for adults....even much more so for teenagers. I therefore spent more time with my LDS friends - gained what I would call a "social" conversion....approx 6 months before I had a true spiritual conversion. Once 19, I served a 2-year mission for the church in Hong Kong, where I solidified my faith and testimony as a Latter-Day Saint, and I have never looked back.

How I live my faith

My faith truly is a way of life - my wife and I study the Bible and Book of Mormon daily. Our guide in how we make decisions as a family is personal inspiration as we seek to know the Lord's will and follow it each day - through prayer, study, and listening to the Lord's advice to us through His spirit. Our week revolves around family and church activities - we take comfort from the examples and associations of friends and family who share our faith in Jesus Christ - we cannot imagine living without the Lord's guidance and assurances through His spirit that He is there and loves us as a parent loves their child.

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Craig Norman
That is what I always dreamed "Heaven" would be - to see my parents and grandparents again, and live with them, God the Father and God the Son again. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Craig Norman
Mormon Church services are relatively quiet and peaceful - we do sing hymns, but they are more reverent than exciting or exuberant. All visitors and faiths are welcome - and visitors will notice a peace and reverence in these meetings. Anyone can attend who wants to - no donation plate is passed during services - any donations are made via mail or in private to one of 3 church leaders designated to accept donations. Show more Show less