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Hi I'm Paul

I live in Hawaii and am serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Aloha!! I'm a father of three and married to the sweetest, most considerate woman I've ever met. Our children are still young, all under 8 years old. Serving in the military has given us a chance to live in different parts of the country. Even though having to move frequently is sometimes difficult, I look back at our experience and am grateful that we've been able to meet so many wonderful people and become familiar with the varied cultures that exist here in the United States. We just recently moved to Hawaii and we're loving every minute of it. We've been doing our best to make sure our family does something new and fun every weekend. I've really enjoyed snorkeling and bodyboarding, and plan on getting certified to scuba dive soon.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with the benefit of a family with a rich history of membership in the church. I was raised in the church my whole life but didn't really begin to grasp the significance of what I had been taught until after I graduated high school. It was a period of my life where I began to understand the importance of the choices I had to make and how they would shape my life, like where to go to college, and whether or not to serve a full-time mission for the church. Facing these decisions made me realize that I really hadn't put enough effort into investigating the truths of the gospel for myself. This led me to begin to read the Book of Mormon with the intent to gain my own testimony of its truthfulness. I had read the Book of Mormon with my family, and at church during sunday school many times before, but this was the first time in my life I had begun to read it for my own benefit and out of a desire to learn what it would teach me. After reading the teachings of several of the prophets in the Book of Mormon, I came to one of the many great sermons given by the prophet named Alma. I don't remember the specific sermon I was reading, but I do remember the effect it had on me. While reading in the Book of Alma, the realization entered my mind and heart that the words that I was reading could not have come from the mind of the farm boy named Joseph Smith to be used as a fictional character in a book, but they were words given by a real prophet of God that had lived in Ancient America. Coming to that realization caused a powerful feeling of peace sweep over my entire body. It felt like my heart was flooded with warmth and an undescribable feeling of pure joy overcame me. I knew that this feeling was the Lord confrming the truth of what I had learned through the power of the Holy Ghost. I knew that the Book of Mormon was exactly what Joseph Smith claimed it to be; an ancient scripture given to him by God to translate and to be given to the world as a second witness of the Savior Jesus Christ. This experience changed my life. Now that I recognized how the Lord used the Holy Ghost to teach truths to me, it helped me build a personal relationship with God through sincere prayer. I knew God was real, that He loved me and that He would always be with me as long as I humbly sought His help. I no longer had any difficulty in knowing what decisions I needed to make in my life. I knew the man God wanted me to be. The powerful conversion experience I've described above was not just a one-time experience. Every time I have humbly sought out the guidance of the Lord, I have been blessed with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. These experiences have built the foundation of my knowledge of the truths of the Gospel. I know that Jesus is our Savior, because I have felt the miraculous healing power of His forgiveness in my life. He has helped me become a greater man than I ever could have been without the blessings of His atoning sacrifice. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, because I have read it for myself and the Lord has taught me of its truthfullness by the power of the Holy Ghost. Because I know the Book of Mormon is true, I also know that Joseph Smith was called by God to translate the Book of Mormon, and to restore the fullness of the gospel and the true Church of Jesus Christ back to the earth. The fruit of the prophet Joseph Smith is the Book of Mormon and the Church he restored. As the Lord taught in the sermon on the mount, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them" (Matt. 7:16-20), and I testify to you that I know that the fruit Joseph Smith has provided to the world is good. I have tested it and tasted of it for myself, and the Lord has made it known to me that it is true.

How I live my faith

I currently have the opportunity to teach a sunday school class to the youth of our church, ages 12-13. I love teaching others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sharing how it's blessed my life. I especially enjoy working with the youth and getting an opportunity each week to encourage them to make correct choices and to try to get to know their Savior in a personal way. Even though I love Sundays, it's not the only day I strive to live my faith. Each night our family gathers together to read the scriptures and to pray together as a family. This has become a great blessing to our family and has increased our love for each other and for the Savior Jesus Christ. I am also trying to set aside more time for me to spend with my wife and each of our kids. I look at my relationship with my family as key to my eternal happiness and central to my eternal salvation.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Paul
Jesus himself established the foundation of His church upon Apostles and Prophets, with Himself being the chief cornerstone (see Ephesians 2:20, Matt. 10:1-2, Luke 9:1-2). The scriptures abundantly teach the importance of the Lord's pattern of calling Apostles and Prophets to teach His truth upon the earth (see Amos 3:7). The scriptures do not teach however, that this was just a temporary need. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes "all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God" (Articles of Faith 9). Because God will continue to reveal truth, it is important for the Lord's church to have men called as Prophets, Seers, and Revelators to lead His church. The Lord reveals His truth to these men, just as He revealed truth to prophets anciently, and commands them to preach His truths to His children today. One of the important distinctions between the LDS Church and the other Christian churches is our emphasis of the need for continuing revelation or guidance from God. I have been asked on many occasions by friends and co-workers about what makes the LDS Church so unique, and I have always felt that the key concept is the idea that the heavens are open, and that God guides us today, just as He did anciently. A lot of the questions that arise about the doctrines of the church originate from the validity of the truths we've received through what we call "modern revelation" (when the Lord revealed truths to Joseph Smith and his successors in the leadership of the church, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). A lot of questions and concerns can be answered or resolved when a person gains an understanding of the truthfulness of God's pattern of revealing truth by calling Apostles and Prophets. Once a person gains the knowledge that God really did call Joseph Smith as a prophet to restore the truths of the gospel, they will then understand that God was the source of the revealed truths we teach in the church. Knowledge of the truthfulness of Joseph Smith's calling as the Lord's Prophet can come by reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. I am grateful to have the opportunity to hear guidance from a living Prophet and living Apostles. Their words have helped me understand the dangers that exist in the world and have taught me what the Lord would have me do to avoid them and find happiness. These men of God teach just as the Apostle Paul did in his epistles to the church anciently by teaching us the doctrines of the Lord and warning us of the sorrows that accompany wickedness. I know the men who serve as Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ were called of God because I have felt the presence of the Holy Ghost while listening to their teachings. I encourage you to listen to their teachings and judge for yourself if they are men of God. I know that if you do so with an open mind and heart, you will also come to know of the reality of their sacred calling and responsibilities as Apostles of the Lord. Show more Show less