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Hi I'm ...... Paul Morin

I'm in sales, a front desk clerk at a hotel, a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and.. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised Catholic... I am the oldest of 8 children... I grew up in Michigan, lived in Oregon and now I live in Idaho... I have lived in different countries, and different states within this country of ours... I am the Father of 4 beautiful children and 3 equally beautiful granddaughters & one grandson... I am currently a Sales/Customer Service Rep and a part time Front Desk clerk for a hotel chain... I recently celebrated my 60th year of living on planet earth... I am a newly married to a wonderful woman and a new member of a congregation in the city I just moved to... I love the Lord.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Catholic faith. In 1977, while being stationed in Germany with the US Army, I was introduced to the church through another member of my platoon. I was invited to come and watch two different movies at his home... "Man's search for happiness"... and "The First Vision". The first movie asked and answered the questions I had often wondered about.. Where did I come from?.. Why am I here?... And where am I going next? The last movie was the story of a 14 year old boy who not unlike myself... had wondered about which of the Christian churches should he join. Which one was teaching the truth? They were all different in what they taught.. so which should I join? I thought about prophets of old and wondered why God no longer had them. There were no churches that I knew of that declared they had a prophet... until I saw this movie. A story of a young boy, who knelt upon his knees to ask of God... received the most wonderful answer. Because of that answer, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was brought into existence to serve its purpose in preparing the way for the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ! As a part of that purpose.. Joseph Smith brought forth a record of a people, that had direct dealings with God over a 1000 year period of time, and translated it into the English language by the power and gift of God. Mormon was one of God's last prophets of this people.. who condensed all the records of his people into a smaller version and named it "The Book of Mormon". And now "Mormon" is a name given to those of us who believe that this book is also of God, like the Bible.. holy scripture that testifies that Jesus is the Christ, our Lord and Savior... the only way to salvation! I believe this book is what it reports to be. I believe that this Church has been restored to earth in these... the last days. I am a follower of Jesus Christ.. I'm a Christian and I'm Mormon.

How I live my faith

Each and every day I do a self evaluation of how I lived my life for that day. I look at what I did, and how I can change to be better by either not doing that same thing again.. or changing in a way that would please my Father in Heaven. My faith is a lifestyle, not just something I do on Sundays. I make mistakes everyday... whether it be in what I do... the way I think.. or even the feelings I might have. I try to bridal my passions and desires rather than give in to every whim that pops into my head or my heart. I suppose I ask myself quite often.. What would Christ do? Narrow is the gate and straight is the path that leads to eternal life: For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction. Not destruction of your current life.. but the life that is to come after this one. The destruction of a life you could have had.. rather than the one you will have based on your actions and decisions you made in this life. Because I choose to obey the commandments of my Father in Heaven.. I follow the admonitions of his Son.. Jesus Christ... when he said to us... Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matt 5:48) I know this is an impossible feat, but I try. And knowing that everyday I make a choice.. to obey or not obey.. is my choice alone. I wear a ring upon my right hand that with the letters CTR inscribed in it which is an acronym for Choose The Right. It is my reminder of the covenants I made at baptism.. to be a follower of Christ.. a Christian.. a member of this Church.. and to choose right decisions in my life that will please my Father in Heaven.. my God.. and His Son.. my Savior. My choice, my decision, my free agency to choose. No person or organization can make me choose to do something I don't want to do. I choose to follow commandments and to accept the rules and guidelines. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I choose to be. A happy very choice!

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

...... Paul Morin
I have often been asked this question by my friends and peers. First, let's define what homosexuality (HOS) means. HOS is NOT being gay. HOS IS the act of having sex with someone of the same sex. It is not.. being attracted to a member of the same sex. So as far HOS goes.. the act of having sex is the sin. It is the same sin when a heterosexual (HES) couple has sex outside of marriage. So in all cases.. we want our sins to stop. The Lord has taught us that we can not die in our sins and be forgiven. What that means is that we can not ask God for forgiveness of violating one of his laws (committing sin).. and then expect him to forgive us if we keep doing the same sin we asked for forgiveness from. If we continue doing this same sin.. and then die before we have repented and asked for forgiveness.. there will be no forgiveness for that sin and the person will then have to accept the punishment for their own sins. The saving grace of God & Jesus Christ can not protect us at that point. Justice can not be overlooked by mercy. As far as marriage goes. God ordained marriage to be between a man & woman. It does not matter if mankind determines gays can be married, we are living by God's laws, not man's. If a gay couple is engaged in a HOS relationship (having sex) then they are violating God's law. Unless they repent (give up the sin) and ask for forgiveness before they die, they will be punished for that sin. We love the sinner, not the sin. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

...... Paul Morin
Grace. What is it? Do you have to do anything to get it? Or is it just given to everyone as a free gift from God? Next question is.. what is the grace for? What is this free gift? Ok, lets look at what God has promised through his Son Jesus Christ. After we die on this earth, will we live again? Yes. Gift. Will we live forever? Yes. Gift. Will we be a resurrected being. Yes.. Gift. Nothing required of any of us for those three things. Did Christ suffer and be punished for the sins we committed? Yes. Did we have to do something for that to happen? No. So.. by the Grace of God.. he provided his Son as a sacrifice to be punished for all the sins of every man and woman.. and that was free. All these are by the Grace of God. What about Justice? Justice says.. you sin.. you get punished for that sin. Now Justice does not care who gets punished.. just as long as their is a punishment given for the sin committed. That is why God can not give Mercy of having you not be punished.. because Justice says there has to be a punishment. So Christ paid off Justice by being punished. Justice has no hold on us. But Christ says.. repent.. be baptized. If you don't repent.. then Christ will not save you from the punishment for that sin. If you do repent.. then you will not be punished for your sin because he already has been punished. If you don't do as Christ has asked.. he has no obligation to save you from punishment. If you try.. if you work at it. He will. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

...... Paul Morin
The Book of Mormon. Wow.. A history of the people. People that were lead out of Jerusalem before its destruction in about 585 BC... and God's dealings with them. Just as the Bible is about the Tribes of Israel.. and more important.. the lineage of Jesus.. from the line of Judah.. or Jews.. The Book of Mormon is about the one of the other tribes of Israel.. from the line of Joseph.. who was sold into Egypt. So you have two books about the families of Abraham.. two of his great grandson's.. Judah and Joseph. So the Bible is about Judah's line.. and the Book of Mormon is about Joseph's line. And you now have the testimonies of two family lines.. and their dealings with God.. and God's dealings with them. In the Book of Mormon.. this family of Joseph's line was lead out of Jerusalem before its destruction to a promised land that the Lord had planned for this people. He lead them from one promised land.. to another. This time.. to the American Continent. Which in 1830 was known as South and North America. And so this book teaches the teachings of the prophets that were called for this people. And it was over a period of time of about 1000 years. From 600 BC to 400 AD. It tells of their righteousness.. and their wickedness. And it testifies over and over again.. that Jesus is the Christ.. and the savior of the world. that there is no other name by which mankind can be saved. Jesus is the central theme of this book and what the people did with this knowledge. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

...... Paul Morin
Currently.. the Christian faith teaches about God in a doctrine known as "the Trinity". In 325 a.d. the Roman emperor Constantine (not a Christian) convened the Council of Nicaea to address.. among other things... the growing issue of God’s alleged “trinity in unity.” What emerged from the heated contentions of churchmen, philosophers, and ecclesiastical dignitaries came to be known (after another 125 years and three more major councils) as the Nicene Creed, with later reformulations such as the Athanasian Creed. From these various evolutions and iterations of creeds—and others to come over the centuries— Christians now declared the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost to be abstract, absolute, transcendent, imminent, consubstantial, coeternal, and unknowable, without body, parts, or passions and dwelling outside space and time. In such creeds all three members are separate persons, but they are a single being, the oft-noted “mystery of the trinity.” They teach that all are three distinct persons, yet not three Gods but one. All three persons are incomprehensible, yet it is one God who is incomprehensible. I agree.. these creeds are incomprehensible. We don't believe these Creeds. We believe that God does have a body.. with parts and with passions. That is how we are created in his image. We believe he is knowable. He is.. as stated in the Bible.. the Father of our spirits, and the creator of our bodies here on earth. And we want to return to live with Him when this life is over. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

...... Paul Morin
If... If you believe that Moses was a prophet and God told him to wander in the desert for forty years.. would you question it? If Joseph Smith received the ancient record of a people on gold plates from an angel.. and translated that record by the gift and power of God... and in that record it stated: “for there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife: and concubines he shall have none..." do you think he would then just go against God and practice polygamy anyway? From every source I came across, none of the men who Joseph told about the revelation of polygamy wanted to engage in it. None of them. Non were excited about the prospect. But when the Lord commands it.. you either obey.. or don't. Your choice. There are rewards for obeying commandments.. and penalties for disobedience. We don't always know the reasons why.. God does what he does.. or asks what he asks of us. It can be as simple as him saying.. "I want you to wear only one pair of earrings in your ears"... to "I want you to practice polygamy which I call the New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage". Either commandment is still a commandment, the question is.. will you obey? Now I know that the Lords asks things of us.. for his purposes only.. and sometimes he does not share what those purposes are. Neither with us.. nor the prophets he asked to give the command to us. All are left in the dark. We choose. Obey.. or disobey. Follow.. or not follow. Back then.. they obeyed! Show more Show less