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Hi I'm Paul

I love hamburgers. I study bioinformatics. I sing a cappella. I love college football. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Oregon, the oldest of four boys. I played all sorts of instruments including saxophone and piano. I've sung in a cappella for a number of years. I'm doing a Masters now in Computer Science. 

Why I am a Mormon

I have found that by learning about God and Jesus Christ, I've come to understand how I can find happiness in this life. The Book of Mormon, together with the Bible, has been such an important part of my life in coming to understand my purpose and the plan that Heavenly Father has for me. I'm a Mormon because I have found that living by the knowledge I've gained as a member of this church has brought me true and lasting happiness.

How I live my faith

I try to do what's right, being honest, being kind, being grateful. I try to spend time reading scriptures and praying to understand things that Heavenly Father wants me to know. I go to church on Sundays and love being active in my church responsibilities. I try to build the faith of others. I try to keep my life free of influences that don't help me to be who I want to become and who my Heavenly Father wants me to be.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

We need to care. We need to be active in our communities, amongst our friends and associates, in letting people know that this affects us, that we can't sit idly by for fear of seeming old-fashioned or judgmental. It's like teaching our children: if we don't do it, someone else will. If we don't decide what's best for our families and communities by taking a stand, someone else will. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Christ Jesus. He alone is our Savior. He alone has any power to save us from sin. We should also have faith in God, in His love, in His plan. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mormons believe in Jesus Christ. He is our Savior. He was chosen before this world was created to come to earth and fulfill the plan of our Heavenly Father. The purpose of that plan is our mortal and eternal happiness and at its center are families. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No. The opportunity of being a member of this church is an opportunity to help everyone. We are all God's children and I really believe that. Just because I have a different background or life than you doesn't make me any more special than you in God's eyes. He wants us to love each other and to make that love really a part of how we treat each other. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Great question. A testimony is simply a statement of belief or a knowledge of truth that has been gained through personal experience or the experiences one has had through prayer. Anyone can gain a testimony on most any subject. Our goal is to find truth and to find that truth we turn to its source: God. We are taught repeatedly to ask, and we shall receive. To knock and it will be opened to us. God does speak to man. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

The Bible is the word of God. Those prophets in the Bible, they're true prophets. Their words teach us important lessons about the nature of God and His plan. We believe any word that God gives through an ordained Prophet. We can know the truth of scripture and of God's prophets by praying and asking. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

This church has had remarkable growth. Some may say that is the dedication of its members. Some say that it is the emphasis on missionary work. Some say that it is the way that the church takes care of its members. Those things are all true, but are simply outward signs of the core reason for the church's growth, which is that Christ is at the head of this work. I submit that as my honest and humble feeling. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

It's a unit of the church. A ward is made up of about 200 members. A stake is an assembly of wards (8-10). If there aren't enough members to make up a ward, then the assembly of members is called a branch. Wards can also only exist where the membership is sufficient to have a stake. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I believe that there are very few out there who have actually taken the time to get to know the Mormon Church to any significant extent who would venture to call the Church a cult. We seek to embrace anything that is "lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy". I don't see that as being consistent with my understanding of what a cult is. Show more Show less