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Hi I'm Paul

I am proud to be a Mormon.

About Me

I consider the most important things to me are that, 1. I am a son of my Heavenly Father, 2. I am a husband, and 3. I am a father. These three are what I treasure in life the most. The worldly things such as a nice house, fancy cars and designer clothing are insignificant when compared my three treasures.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon by heritage, but a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by CHOICE. Growing up my parents were not actively involved in attending church, but I still attended my youth meetings faithfully. As I became a teenager I followed in the footsteps of my parents and became less involved. It wasn't until I was in my late 30's that I started to understand the importance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. You see I was struggling as a young (relatively inexperienced) officer in the US Air Force when I decided to start to attend church again. After a few weeks (Yes, I do mean weeks) of church attendance and paying my tithes and offerings did my career start to turn around. Shortly after that I received an assignment oversees. I had to leave my family behind for a year, but that is the life of being in the military. I immediately found where I could attend my Worship services and started attending the first Sunday I was there (One of the most wonderful things to me is that no matter where you are in the world the teachings are the same. I do not have to worry about "finding a preacher that preaches the way I like;" as has been told to me by members of other faiths.) I stayed faithful in my attendance and was even asked to work as the Branch Mission Leader. I worked closely with the missionaries in the area and helped them teach conversational English once a week, with Saturday activities when held. I came back to the US and found my spouse was not willing to support my faithfulness. Sadly that marriage came to an end shortly after. I did however find a beautiful woman that not only supports my faithfulness, she encourages me to increase it. The remainder of my Air Force career was not any better than it began. I had some conflicting desires from a higher ranking officer that I was not able to satisfy, so my opportunity to grow and develop was limited. It was my faith that held me together in those difficult times. If it were not for my faith in my Savior Jesus Christ, I would have shriveled up and caved in because of the difficulties I faced.

How I live my faith

I guess the first part of me living my faith is how the Lord told Samuel. "Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature...for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. (1samuel 16:7)" I treat all persons equally regardless of appearance.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Paul
There are only two things that you can take with you after you have finished your mortal journey here on this earth. One is knowledge, and the other is family. Why would anyone not want to take advantage of having their family "sealed" to them forever? I was having a conversation with a friend regarding families after he saw a picture of the Salt Lake Temple in my office. I asked him how long he was going to be married, to which he replied, "forever." I then asked him how long it was stated in his wedding vows. He replied, "'til death do you part." I then asked him about the contradiction, to which he couldn't answer. It was then that I told him when you perform a marriage in the Temple you are sealed together (married) "for time and all eternity." Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Paul
Being a Mormon is completely wonderful. While serving in the military oversees I saw many people go to bars and night clubs to drink alcohol, in fact one evening I watched one man who could barely walk. Another person was so drunk that he fell down stairs and lost the function of an eye. Being a Mormon, I don't drink alcohol and am therefore not enslaved to its pull and feeling that it is the only way to socialize with others. I helped others as much as I could including the outside community. I helped Mormon Missionaries teach conversational English one night each week and became a part of many persons lives as well. I have heard people say that being a Mormon is so restrictive that it just wouldn't be any fun. On the contrary, I can have fun doing many things. And those who have made this comment are the ones who consume alcohol. At least I can say that I remember what happened the previous night. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Paul
In my early adult years I would go on vacation with my family and my parents in-law. My in-laws would do the driving, and I would just enjoy the ride. When it was my turn to drive, I did not know where I was going even though I had been to the same place many times before. After I had driven though, I was independent and knew where I was going. This is one of the reasons that Mormons do not have paid clergy. Hopefully I will be able connect the dots now. When someone goes and just listens to a sermon, what is the benefit to the congregation? Did they study before they listened to the sermon? What contributions did the congregation put forth for the sermon? When you actually do the labor of preparing to speak to a congregation, you are studying the scriptures and using stories from your own experiences that relate to the scriptures. You have a sense of accomplishment when you are the one doing the work instead of watching someone else do the work for you. Even as Jesus was going to be crucified, he took the time to wash the feet of the Apostles. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Paul
Imagine for a moment if you will that you have not been baptized (regardless of your faith). Now imagine, if you will, that you happened to pass away with the opportunity to be baptized. Is it your fault that you were not baptized? No. If baptism is a key to living "in heaven," then you would not be able to live in heaven. Performing baptisms for the those who are deceased provides them with the opportunity to have that key. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Paul
The Bible contains the Word of God (Heavenly Father). By studying the past, you can overcome the mistakes of others. By studying the Bible you can know of problems people faced and ways to overcome, and even avoid, making the same mistakes. Show more Show less