Hi I'm Paul
I am a retired electrical engineer. I worked for many years developing instrumentation for Hewlett Packard. My wife and I have raised 9 children and have 28 grandchildren. We love to be with our family.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I love the Savior. I want to be with him and with my family in the eternities. I know that the Savior has restored his gospel in the latter days and am so grateful for our Heavenly Father's plan to bring us back to him. I have grown to love all aspects of His gospel. It has given my wife and I a perspective of what it means to be a family forever.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to be a prophet. I know that through this young prophet, God restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth and we have it today because of him. I am grateful that Joseph had the courage and strength to overcome the persecution and fulfill the mission he had been given. I will be eternally grateful to Joseph Smith because he brought to me and my family the true knowledge of Jesus Christ and his plan of salvation for us.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
As a young 19 year old I went on a mission to the "North Central States Mission". This included Minnesotta, Manitoba, eastern North and South Dakota, western Ontario, and parts of Wisconsin. I spent most of my time in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Grand Forks, ND, and Duluth, Minn. During this mission my efforts were in trying to meet people and share my understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them. This was a special time of my life in helping me develop a strong understanding of what I believed and how important it was to me. 45 years later, with our family all raised, my wife Susan and I are now serving a mission in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT. We also serve in the Provo Temple. In our ward we teach the 8-9 year old primary children.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
I have a personal witness of the truthflness of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful to have the fullness of understanding of God's plan for us that he restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I am grateful for the truths and gospel principles that were restored. I am grateful for the priesthood authority that was restored and the saving ordinances that could now be made available to each one of us, as well as those who have gone before us. I am grateful that the young Prophet Joseph had the courage and the strength to fulfill his mission from God.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
We lost two of our children to tragic accidents. One was a 5 year old daughter, the other a 19 year old son. While our hearts have been broken with these losses, the knowledge of the eternal nature of our family has helped us know that we have not lost them forever. We will be with them in our family in the resurrection. That has been such a comfort to us.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
I have been so blessed to be able to study the Book of Mormon along with the Bible. While the Bible is able to teach me so much about the Savior and the history of His people, it has gone through so much change and interpretation that I find most people have no confidence in its really providing direction for their lives. The Book of Mormon has proven to me to be a powerful 2nd testimony of the Savior. The world in general rejects the scriptural teachings available from the Bible as being irrelavent in todays life. The Book of Mormon counters that by testifying that the Bible and the Book of Mormon contain the word of God and are relevant. It teaches that God is real, living, and still loves us and wants to be involved in our lives if we will let Him. It resolves the conflicts that divide people in different sects and can bring us all to one faith.
How I live my faith
My wife and I are currently temple missionaries in Palmyra, New York. During the week we serve in the temple, helping those who come to worship. During the weekends we go to a small branch of the church in the "North Country" and try to help them by visiting and teaching them.