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Hi I'm Paula

I live in the Eastern US. I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I love cheesecake. I teach English to immigrants. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have four children. Two are married, one in college, and the youngest, almost 16, is profoundly disabled. My husband and I met as young high school teachers. Now I work part time helping immigrants improve their English skills. I enjoy creating learning materials for beginning English speakers, reading, and cooking and I sew occasionally. I recently began taking on-line classes towards re-instating my lapsed teaching certificate. People warned me that on-line classes are a lot more work, and they sure were right. The most exciting thing in my life right now is that my daughter is expecting our first grandchild in August!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a staunch Catholic home, but as I grew through my teenage years and into young adulthood, I became frustrated with what seemed to me to be inconsistent interpretations of the commandments among my home parish, high school ecclesiastical leaders, and the university Catholic community. After college, I relocated for employment as a high school Spanish teacher. When my husband I began dating, he was a recent convert to Mormonism, which I thought was odd, but I was drawn to his wholesome goodness. His example made me want to be better. In contrast to the he frustratingly blurred lines in my Catholic experience, I was comforted by the clear boundaries afforded by Latterday Saint teachings. I guess this is similar to what psychologists tell us about children craving rules and boundaries. They benefit more from parents who act as parents rather than as buddies, just as I began to benefit from a church that was a church and rather than a place to hangout with cool priests and nuns. I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints a little over 28 years ago and have continued to live by the precepts and teachings of the Church since that time. I was so grateful for the opportunity to get this fresh start with my life. There are so many aspects of being a Mormon that have been positive for me, but most important is the sure knowledge I have that Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of the world, died, and was resurrected and perfected, I know that because of his great suffering and sacrifice, I can repent and be forgiven of my shortcomings. I know that because he was resurrected, we all will be. This is of particularly great comfort to know that one day our youngest son will be resurrected with his body perfected so that he will be able to walk to us and wrap his arms around each of us in the family.

How I live my faith

As Mormons, we are encouraged always to be on the lookout for ways to help others, both individually and in the community. I'm not a big go-getter in large-scale community volunteerism, but I do look for little ways to make a difference in the lives of others. I recently was able to help a young pharmacist from Pakistan to prepare for an English test that he needed to pass in order to continue his career here in the United States. In the process of improving his reading and conversational skills, we researched and discussed just about every topic under the sun over a period of about ten months. As is usually the case when we extend ourselves towards others in service, we learn and grow in the process. I now have a better understanding of his culture and religion, and he and his beautiful young wife have become dear friends of our entire family.