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Hi I'm Noel

I'm a Mormon recently moved to Dover Branch in ME, Served a mission in Rome Italy and speak Italian

About Me

You are reading my profile... So I figured you were interested... So I'm not 'bragging' heh heh... Just sharing my interests in hopes others have the same :) -Married to my wonderful wife and have a beautiful daughter -Served a mission in Rome Italy and speak Italian fluently -American Sign Language Interpreter (not licensed) with ongoing Stake Calling -2nd Degree Black Belt in General Choi's Military Tae Kwon Do (often referred to as 'Traditional TKD') and placed 3rd in the US Open Championships in Fighting and Braking. -Current Hobby and Profession are the same (so lucky huh?) : I am a Photographer along with my wife as assistant, working with Bangor Photo (teacher and editor), Classic Photographers, Strictly Formal, and Bangor Adult Education (teacher) with my own Company NTPhotography. -Majored in Business at the University of Maine in Orono -Competed nationally in business for school with DECA (Several First Place Medals) -Self proclaimed Techno Geek - Build my own computers and such in between playing World of Warcraft :) and before you ask ... Horde - " May your blades never dull !"

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church at age 14 (Same age as Joseph Smith's at his First Vision) after speaking with the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My father had remarried to an LDS woman who became my mentor and helped me in improving my life. Joining the church was easy... every word spoken of the church's beliefs by the missionaries were exactly what my young mind thought EVERYONE thought. I did not take them simply at their word though... and prayed to know for myself if what they were saying were truly inspired. I can testify right now as I type these comments that I did just that, and the Lord spoke to my heart and I knew for myself it was true... and I was soon baptized. There is so much to say in such a small forum, but if I could share just one sentiment... it would be THIS one. As a teen growing up essentially without a faith or church to go to, I was left to the worlds views on things. To be honest... that is quite depressing. I recall having a conversation with my natural mother, stating... "I feel like I am trapped in a pit or deep well and can't get out." I further stated "I feel like something is MISSING and I don't know what it is or how to fill this HUGE hole inside me". You could say after my natural mother's initial concerns this was soon forgotten (so to speak). I moved in with my father and new wife shortly after joining the church. It was on my baptismal day and receiving that wonderful Gift of the Holy Ghost. Feeling him in my heart... not until that VERY moment which I had never discovered over the last two years what was missing did I know what part of my being had been missing. It was at that very moment feeling the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost in my life did I discover what that hole was. I can only describe the tremendous feeling of finally being complete only in contrast to how hollow I had felt up to that moment. I can unequivocally promise you the same feelings I had :)

How I live my faith

I may be sharing this verse with you from the Bible... but this did not come to my attention from Sunday School, an LDS magazine, some activity at my church, or from the 4 years of Seminary I attended. This was handed down to me by my Grandmother whom had hence passed away. She was a Pentecostal Minister in Boston MA. Almost 2000 people had attended her funeral. This little treasure was a very small bible she kept and worn from all the hours of her reading and studying it. The thing I found odd, was there were NO markings of scriptures or references she wanted to note on it's pages. Just a worn cover and worn pages. In my late teens, I found myself in bed reading and studying as I was preparing to serve a full time two year mission for the church. Not knowing where in the world I would be going, I read, and read, and read, to just be ready for anything or anywhere the Lord saw fit to send me. I just started reading Galations. I turned the page and saw it ... an underlined verse. I was in awe... there were no other markings she had left behind other than her name in the front cover. What could this verse be... In Galations of all places I thought to myself... and I read it. It changed my life... and it was a sweet message from my passed Grandmother who served her God with all her heart, to me, as I was preparing to do what I could to do the same. And here it is, the one and only verse underlined in this bible and the words I would live by from then on out: Galations 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I can attest to the fact that 'Simple' in not a synonym for 'Easy', but it is how I have lived decades since. And where did I go on my mission? I went to Italy and saw the very house my natural mother was born in, of ALL the missions in the world and learned Italian.