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Hi I'm Paul.

I'm from Las Vegas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Las Vegas, the fourth child of nine. After serving as a church missionary in the Philippines, graduating from college with a degree in Neuroscience and getting married, my wife and I moved to Nashville. I'm currently working my way through an anesthesia residency and I have four crazy wonderful kids. In my spare time, I like politics, technology, and music. I'm going to run for a public office some day. And if that doesn't work, I'll be a roadie for my little bro's rock band who I'm positive will be famous.

Why I am a Mormon

Besides a deep conviction that this is truly the church of Jesus Christ? Besides a true spiritual conversion that took place in my teenage years when I was feeling independent and slightly rebellious and I realized I didn't have to blindly accept or follow the religion of my parents without knowing for myself that it was true and right? In the New Testament, Matthew says that "...by their fruits ye shall know them." And he's referring to prophets. Well, since my personal conversion, I've tried my best to live the gospel as its taught to me in church, in the scriptures, and by living apostles and prophets. And I'm blown away by the abundance of the so-called "good fruits" that bear forth. Despite all the daily stress, trials, and temptations, I feel so blessed. I feel comforted, calm, and confident. And it just reaffirms that my choice to follow in the footsteps of my parents was right.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a councilor in the bishopric of our ward. Specifically, I help the bishop oversee the youth and single-adult programs of our congregation. I also am a "home-teacher", so I have a few families that I check in on periodically to make sure all is well with them. As a hometeacher, I've had tons of opportunities to serve people. I've helped repaint the exterior of a house, mowed lawns, brought over meals, fixed computers, visited people at the hospital, helped move heavy furniture, and been a listening ear. It's been rewarding, and I've made some lifetime friends in the process.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Paul.
Most Mormons love to share their beliefs with their friends, coworkers, or even a complete stranger sitting in the seat next to them on a 14-hour plane ride. That's why we go on proselyting missions. But to many people religion is a private or even touchy subject, and nobody wants to step on another's toes. So sometimes we error on the side of keeping our mouths shut. If you want to talk to a Mormon about their church or beliefs, just ask one of your Mormon friends! I promise they'll welcome the opportunity. And if you don't know any Mormons, then use one of the links on this website to have missionaries come to your house and speak with you. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Paul.
Simple. The Law of Chastity is a promise to not have a sexual relationship with anyone besides your husband or wife. No sex before marriage and complete fidelity afterward. It might seem old-fashioned to 99% of the world. But believe it or not, THEY are the ones that don't know what they're missing out on. Its a beautiful law that yields healthy relationships, love, and respect. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Paul.
Families aren't just important to Mormons. They're important to everyone. When you lost your job and need money, when you need free babysitting for your kids, or when you need a listening ear you go straight to your family for help. And I imagine that your best memories involve your family. Our society is built on families. But more than that, families are ETERNAL. When Mormons get married in a temple, they are sealed together as an eternal family. This makes our commitment even that much more. Its a wonderful concept that makes me take my role as a father and husband seriously. Show more Show less