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Hi I'm Paul

I grew up in St. Louis, MO. I am an engineer, a proud father of 5 and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I have been married for 20 years and have 5 wonderful children. My wife and I were baptized over 20 years ago on September, 10th 1989. I am currently an avid photographer and love all types of music.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a Presbyterian church in St. Louis. My parents too us to church every Sunday. At 12 years old, the pastor of the church invited me to attend classes designed to prepare me for baptism. I had lots of questions. There were two questions were unanswered: 1) Why doesn't God talk to us or answer prayer as dramatically as done in the Bible. 2) Why would a baby who died without being baptized go to hell when he never had a chance. I agreed to be baptized even though my questions went unanswered. As I entered adulthood, I drifted away from attending any church. I met the woman who would be my wife during this time and we looked for a church to attend. We attended a Presbyterian church long enough to be married. During this period of time I left my comfortable job at a very well respected large computer company and went into sales. We struggled financially because I was not a very good salesman. I knocked on the door of a very nice family. They invited me in and listened to my presentation. I was nervous but they set me at ease. I noticed pictures of family on their walls. After a I had completed my presentation, they indicated that they had something they would like to share with me. I asked what it was, they told me to come back the following Sunday. They were so nice, I didn't even ask what the topic was. When I returned the following Sunday, I was surprised to find the family along with two young men in white shirts and name badges. We began to talk about God and Jesus Christ. I felt good about the conversation. Eventually my wife joined the meetings. The turning point of it all was when they were able to answer the questions I had since I was 12 years old. I was so happy to know that God still talks to us! I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. After prayer, I knew it was true and that my questions have been answered. My wife and I decided to be baptized on the same day, the 10 of September 1989.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities to live my faith over the last 20 years. I love the simple ways such as having a night with my family where we have activities together. The church has designated Monday night as Family Home Evening. We do service for each other and for other families on our Monday nights together. Also the church has give us many opportunities to serve the Lord. I have spent the last four years as the leader of a congregation of about 150 members of the church in the inner city of St. Louis. Congregations in the church are either called "wards" or "branches" depending on their size. My official title was Branch President, however many people in the congregation would refer to me as their pastor or bishop. I learned to love the people of the branch. It was a priveledge to serve them and to get to know them. Sometimes people would really just need a friend or some advice. Sometimes people would need serious spiritual guidance. I was so happy that I was able to share with them the love Jesus Christ has for his people.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Paul
I serve the church because I love the Lord. I was called by him to serve his children. I am grateful to serve and that is pay enough. Show more Show less