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Hi I'm Paula

Grateful to be part of the work of the Last Days.

About Me

While I like to think that I'm a mother first (my girl's might suggest otherwise), I did work outside the home all the time my children were growing up. It was always a challenge. We all learned a lot from it. Wondering if it might have been different if I'd stayed home, is not relevant, because that wasn't the path of learning that we took. I am extremely proud to have been entrusted with the two beautiful daughters that I was given stewardship over -- for everything that they taught me and for their patience with me. As we all learn from our mothers -- it was their first time -- we were their first opportunity to learn how to be a mother. I can't imagine having taken that journey without our membership in Christ's church. How easy it would have been so many times, to have discounted the commitments made to my husband, save for the fact that we made sacred covenants within the walls of a Holy Temple. And while I did find it necessary to 'run away from home' on occasion, eventually, I'd pull myself together not only to face the challenges, but to partake in the joy of being a mother and having a family. I now enjoy watching them as they face the same challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

Mormon is not a term that I prefer to be referenced by. It was used historically to demean those who sacrificed much to follow the truth. It is the name of an ancient prophet. It is not the name of our church. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ, through my baptismal covenants -- having literally taken His name upon me -- I work daily to not have taken His name in vain. Asking why I'm a member of Christ's church is like asking why I'm a member of my family. When we understand where we're from, why we're here, and where we're going, we understand the necessity of making sacred covenants in order to return to our heavenly home. Having been an active Catholic (a student leader in my parochial school), I was often asked how I could have 'changed' religions. I simply explained that what I was taught as a Catholic provided basic principles that I could build upon. But whenever I learned more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness, it was like learning 'the rest of the story'. My early teachings provided the grounding for 'the rest of the story' to make sense to me. Unlike the 'fixed' set of catechism I'd been offered before, the doors were thrown open on the possibilities for learning about our purpose -- on earth, before and after. I learn more each day, it seems, than I knew altogether previously. With each new discovery/awareness I simply see the potential for knowledge grow ever wider before me. The fundamentals that I now know help make everything else make sense...everything. I use the principles to test everything I do professionally. I even use the principles to explore new business models.

How I live my faith

While it has taken most of my life, I have only more recently understood that living one's faith is not something you fit into your life. I've been learning how to flip that equation, and focus first on the important things. Now that our children are married, I now fill my non-work time serving in the Temple and working on Family History. We've also enjoyed sharing our home with young Missionaries who served in our Ward -- they added to the size of our perpetual family.