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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a husband, a father, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I joined the church with my parents and siblings when I was nearly nine. I had been invited to Primary (our children's organization) by a school friend. Over time his family invited mine to learn more about the church. I have the benefit of growing up in the church and having its positive influence, but also of having investigated the church with my family and experienced the conversion process. I served a mission in Germany at age 19, married my remarkable wife when we were nearly 22, and we have seven children. Our family has been the center of our lives, and we've enjoyed the gospel's influence in establishing our home. In our marriage, we've lived in the US, Japan, Venezuela and Taiwan and we've found the church to be a terrific constant in our lives. We now live in Michigan and are active in the church here.

Why I am a Mormon

After joining the church with my parents and having key foundational experiences, I learned in my youth for myself that the basic teachings of the church are true. As I matured into adulthood, I have continued to learn, to question, and to grow. Over time my faith continues to develop as I continue to have sweet confirming experiences that help me to know that God lives, that I am His child, and that I can return to Him.

How I live my faith

I try to live as the Savior taught -- to love God and to love others. I attend church regularly and volunteer there along with other members of my congregation -- presently I volunteer with the church's addiction recovery program, but I've also served in the past as a teacher, a scout leader, and as a Mormon bishop. We pray and read scriptures with our children who are at home. We try to teach our kids by our example. We try to be good neighbors and good friends.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

If we are on earth to prepare to return to our Father in Heaven (and we believe we are), then we need to do the things He wants us to do. Those include priesthood ordinances (like baptism) performed by the proper authority -- authority God has shared with us to do His work. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is authority shared by God with His children to perform ordinances He requires of us so we can return to Him. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Without the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we would have no access to the blessings of the atonement. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

I grew up in a believing family; I prayed at my bedside with my parents as a small child, even before we joined the church. As I've matured, however, I've had that basic belief reinforced. As I live the Lord's commandments, I see His blessings in my life. Show more Show less