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Hi I'm Paul!

I'm the guy next door... I am a California native, raised in Oregon, refined in Texas, and serving in Arizona. I am also a Mormon.

About Me

I am really just your basic guy. There is nothing flashy about me, and even talking about myself is a very difficult thing to do! However, it is made easier when I remember that this is really all for you, the reader. So, I proceed with the hope that you will receive this in the same spirit it is given. I work as a Technical Analyst by day (and those days can be long) but my time is also divided between a deserving wife, 6 children, and 8 grandchildren. I also serve as a Secretary (yes, guys can do this) to the Presidency of a Stake in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, or LDS Church). I also enjoy growing vegetables and have been using the Square-Foot Gardening method successfully for several years now. It is in the garden that I get to see the fruits of my labors, and where many of life's lessons are validated, such as ‘planting a seed of faith’ and providing what is necessary to yield a healthful and bountiful return. My most recent accomplishment was to pass the Technician Class license examination to become a Ham, or an amateur radio operator. My intent with this license is to couple it with my C.E.R.T. training and to make myself available to assist with disaster relief and emergency response when needed. I also enjoy reading good works, researching family history, studying scriptures, serving where I can, and sharing my time with friends and family. I sincerely hope that my comments which follow are meaningful to you.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents who blessed me and my 5 siblings with the opportunity of being ‘born in the covenant’, meaning that I was born to a couple who chose to marry in the Logan, Utah (USA) Temple, which is one of the many Temples seen across the world. However, the birth certificate for someone born in the church does not include a written guarantee that the person will remain a member or even stay interested and actively involved in the church. We all have a God-given gift of Agency, or the right to choose, and with that gift, I have chosen to remain actively involved in the Church and to raise our children and grandchildren in ‘the faith’. I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same organization that Christ established while he walked the earth as a mortal; which organization includes Prophets, priesthood keys and authority, continuing revelation, ordinances of salvation, and so much more. I also believe that the Church was restored for all of mankind, that it is not 'man-made', and that it is not exclusive to the Americas or to a particular race of people. The Church also teaches us about the true character of God. We know that there are three separate and distinct individuals in God, the Father; Jesus (the) Christ; and the Holy Ghost. This is very important to me as I learn to cultivate my love for, my relationship with, and my reliance on each. There is so much that could be said here, but let me say finally that I am a ‘Mormon’ because I have received a witness stronger and more convincing than any other type of witness, that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that the Book of Mormon is a record of truth and substance, and that real Prophets and Apostles are on the earth today, speaking and living the will of our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

There are several things I do to live my faith or to honor my covenants, some of which are too personal for an internet posting such as this, but there are some outward, less personal, but equally important activities that I engage in. The most conspicuous activities include attending the meetings where others who share my faith and those who are not yet members, gather to learn and to strengthen and inspire each other. The essence of the gospel is coursing through the soul of the truly convicted, and it only follows that this conviction would be evident in how they treat their spouse, their parents, friends, and how they treat themselves when nobody is watching. I volunteer to assist members and non-members of the Church who may have special or challenging circumstances. A key to living my faith is to understand the words of the Savior and his prophets and to know how that counsel affects how I view and treat the stranger, the down-trodden, and the forgotten. If I am faithful in all my Church and civic duties, yet I lack charity, I am nothing. Participating in the sacred ordinances which are conducted only in the Temple for those who cannot do so for themselves is something I also regularly enjoy. The rewards for this service are limitless and often inexpressible. In short, I love and live what I know to be true.