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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University and a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I just moved out of the graduate school life as I took my first job. We also moved across the country from California to New Jersey for it. But we're enjoying it out here with our two children (and one on the way). We met in college at BYU. I had just finished being a missionary in Japan for two years, and she had just finished a year and a half mission to Salt Lake City and Washington D.C.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Mormon church since I was a child. My mother discovered this religion as a young adult after being nurtured by other Christian denominations during her teens. My father has ancestry who played important roles in the church early on, during the time of Joseph Smith. Our family is very scientifically minded. We like to question and analyze things. I learned early on how much respect I had for the teachings of our church as I discussed points of doctrine with friends as early as grade school. Some of the questions about life, God, and Heaven that aren't answered so well by my friends of other faiths were made relatively clear by the teachings of the Mormon church. I think the biggest reason to have faith is from the personal experiences and evidences that have accumulated over your lifetime. I have had prayers answered. I have been touched by the Holy Ghost and led places as a missionary to find those who needed us. I have read the Book of Mormon and the Bible and discovered the goodness in them.

How I live my faith

Our family strives to be honest and loving of others. We try to be good, friendly neighbors, although I admit that we focus on ourselves too much at times. We pray regularly, attend church every week, talk about the Gospel with the kids at home, and give some of our income to the church and others. I also enjoy telling people about my faith.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

We are all God's children and loved by him. He has placed us on this Earth to learn, grow, and experience independence and willful obedience. An important tool that has been prepared for us, to bless our lives and give us help and direction is the "priesthood." When we say "priesthood" we mean a particular power and calling that is given to a person. God allows us to use this power for His righteous purposes, such as performing baptisms in his name, preparing and blessing the sacrament, or blessing and healing people. The priesthood is a great blessing, but it's not meant to bless and empower the particular person holding the priesthood any more than those associated with him. Only men are given the priesthood (as the question refers to). We believe this is the organization that God has established. In reality, it doesn't make much difference who holds the priesthood. What matters is that a worthy priesthood holder is available to bless the lives of the individual members of the church. When I speculate about why God established the priesthood this way (men only), I consider that individuals to not each have the same role given by God. In fact, genders don't have the same role. Not only do the different genders tend to be different behaviorally, bringing a variety of blessings to society, but they even have different physical capabilities. Women only can carry and bare children. This is a responsibility that God has granted to women alone, just as the priesthood has been delegated to men alone. Many leadership roles in the church, such as Bishop, Priest, and President of the Church, must be held by a man with the Priesthood. At the same time, the Relief Society, which is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world, is an important part of our church activity. Leaders of the Relief Society are exclusively women, and other important teaching and leadership positions are accomplished by the women in our church. During our services we hear from both men and women. Show more Show less