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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a Mormon and it has made all the difference in the world.

About Me

Ann & I have been married 43 years, have 6 kids, and reside in Minnesota. Our children, their spouses and our grandkids are the true joys of our lives. For the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic school years we have been part of BYU's David M Kennedy International Center China Teachers' Program, teaching in a University in Xi'an, China. These are the years of our life when the Lord blesses us to focus even more so on service

Why I am a Mormon

Having a living prophet on earth is a blessing beyond measure. We live in a community of wonderful people, trying to do right and raise their children well. The words of a living prophet help us better understand what to do and how to accomplish that.

How I live my faith

I love the songs we teach our children. One favorite song is "I am trying to be like Jesus." That is the key to living our faith. Another favorite song is "Families can be Together Forever." That doctrine fills our hearts with joy and is a guiding principle for how we treat and interact with each other.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Paul
No, all Mormon's are not required to serve a mission. Yet the Savior's commandment, "As I have loved you, love one and other" is well fulfilled through taking advantage of the opportunity to serve a full time mission. Young men have the responsibility to be ready and worthy to serve a mission at age 18. Both our son and I have served as 19 year olds and that service has been an amazing blessing in our lives. Young women are invited to serve at age 19 but they are not required. Three of our daughters have taken that opportunity. They were assigned to serve in Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Hong Kong, China. They made such a difference in the lives of so many and their own lives were enriched beyond measure as they shared the gospel of Jesus Christ. My wife and I have spent decades deeply involved in church and community service. Yet we have long focused on serving together as missionary companions, as directed by Apostles and Prophets, on several "senior missions." What a great blessing and opportunity "retirement" is for us. We loved being part of BYU's China Teachers' Program, teaching college students in Xi'an, China, and building relationships for BYU. We have had great joy in serving as Area Coordinators in the Addiction Recovery Program. Just last week we had the exciting experience of opening, surrounded by our children and grandchildren, our "mission call" from the Prophet of the church, assigning us to the Caribbean Area for our next mission. Show more Show less