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Hi I'm Paul

I love learning, blogging, movies and dystopian novels. I'm a concert pianist, a computer geek, a husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am huge into music, especially piano. I've been playing for over 20 years. I like all different genres except rap, metal, screamo, etc. I play guitar off and on. I tried my hand at web design and development for a while and got pretty good at it, but now I do more music composition and arranging. I also love inline skating, biking, superheros from Marvel and DC comics... my wife and I are always playing games together. oh ya, and cereal!! I love cereal. As for my personality, I'm very very different. I have minor/moderate Aspergers, so my mind just works a different way than most, and while there are very unique challenges for me, especially in tactful communication, those challenges keep me aware of my weaknesses and serve as a learning tool and since I got married I feel I have come a long way. I am very expressive and sporatic, but when I get going with something I love I can focus better than most for hours and hours on end. Sometimes I even forget to eat or something like that. Life has always thrown me different challenges but if I can stay hyper-focused on something good and constructive that strengthens my faith in Christ, I find it's easier for me to keep my mind and heart clean and pure so I can be a better representative of Jesus Christ. I have an intense love and appreciation for my Savior, Jesus Christ, His Atonement and what that allows me to do and be.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and as my faith in God and the Saviour was strengthened I became more and more sure that I knew for myself that what I was living and believing was true. I trusted what my parents, teachers and priesthood leaders taught me because living everything I was taught had never lead me the wrong way and I had always felt peace about it, even when it was challenged. When I chose to serve a mission for the church I didn't realize exactly what it would be like. It is my personal opinion that no one ever realizes or understands what being a full time missionary is like until they do it. Without my parents, teachers and priesthood leaders there I was left to my own testimony and that shook me. I was confronted with situations that I had never dreamed of encountering on my own. My faith was challenged like never before. Through much depression and anxiety over my tribulations I eventually came to the point where I realized I needed find whether or not what I was teaching was true for myself. I had leaned on the testimony and faith of those back at home previously and now I had to learn the truth for myself, independent of any earthly power or authority. I studied, prayed and searched for a long time, pouring through the scriptures and pouring my soul out to God. Through the power of the Holy Ghost I eventually received my own witness that God is our living, loving, perfected Heavenly Father, that Jesus is indeed the Christ, our Elder Brother, Redeemer and Advocate with the Father and that through His atoning sacrifice and our repentance, we can become clean and pure and experience the joys He does. I know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of the Lord, and that we have prophets on earth today as well. God is still, every day, teaching me and increasing my understanding of His plan and His love for me. I bear my personal witness of these things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving in the Hamilton Mountain Ward in Ontario, Canada as the ward pianist/organist. I take my responsiblities as a husband, future father and priesthood holder seriously. I'm far from perfect but I give the best effort I know how to in being patient with others with respecting my values and beliefs and myself with living them. I have very very high standards and expectations for all those within my responsibility and all those who are in my home. I am always looking for little gems in my scripture studies because those little (and sometimes not so little) gems make most of the difference in how each day plays out. Oh, and I cannot begin to say how much my wife and I LOVE missionaries! The gospel of Jesus Christ means so much to us and I it would make us selfish not to share it with others so we do that every chance we get as well. The Lord has always been good at teaching me ways I need to improve in being a good example to everyone around me. I have seen miracles and had experiences that leave me completely dumbfounded and without words to say how wonderful and powerful the love of God is. I am currently writing a book called "Perfected in Him: Denying Ourselves of All Ungodliness" and always finding new things to blog about to share the gospel wherever I can. It is thought projects like this that I seek additional inspiration from the Holy Ghost and a change of heart to become more like Christ and I always feel spiritually renewed and strengthened as I go about that. Some people who know me think I am a little overly-focused on the Savior, but I don't know if that's possible. I love Him that much and it is because of Him and His atonement that I have hope to become better and overcome my weaknesses and sins and eventually become as He is.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Wow. We absolutely believe that the Bible is the word of God and regard it as scripture. While I was serving as a full time missionary in Ontario, Canada there was a specific time where i was going through a depression and I ended up talking quite a bit with my Mission President's wife... all area's in the world that have full time missionaries is overseen by a Mission President and his wife... One scripture that she pointed out to me that eased my mind from the fear, doubt and confusion I was feeling was in the second book ofTimothy chapter 1, verse 7, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." I've never forgotten that verse and it has been an inspiration to me ever since. There are many many other reasons why I love the Bible and charish it as the word of God and that is just one of them. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

We absolutely believe that there is a prophet on the earth today. I think most if not all Christians today would agree that God never changes and has been the same from the beginning and will continue as such forever, not only in nature but but in action and how He interacts and communicates with His children. That being said, since one method of His communication with His children was through prophets from throughout the history of the world, He will not stop this pattern but remain unchangable and continue to do so. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

In the words of a modern prophet, “We are frequently called Mormons. It is a nickname given us because we believe in the Book of Mormon as the word of God, a book which goes hand in hand with the Bible, becoming a second witness for Jesus Christ.” I think it should also be clarified that many other sects of the Lords church also call themselves "Mormons" and that they are not affiliated with us. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No there are not. Throughout this history of the world, the Lord alone has had the jurisdiction regarding who He will allow and not allow to recieve the priesthood. His reasons may not always be clear to us, but we can find comfort in knowing that he will give His authority to whom He will for the benefit of all of the children of God regardless of age, race or color. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

The one thing that the devil knows that he can do to cause the most devastation to the children of God is to destroy the family. One of the most unfortunately effective means he uses to do so is influencing and supporting the perverted minds of those who seek to satisfy their lusts and evil desires with pornography. They only reason, however, that he succeeds is that people let him. The devil has no power over anyone whatsoever as long as they do not let him into their lives and minds. The best way, in my opinion to combat pornography is to keep our own thoughts clean and virtuous and deliberately share our views about how evil this malicious plague is. We should consistently be giving all our efforts to encourage those who we even suspect might be involved in any way with pornography to stop and offer then all the help we can. The less people veiw it, the less support it recieves and the less of it will be in the world. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

The term "Mormon" is simply a nickname that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are labeled with because of our belief in the Book of Mormon. Mormon, himself, was a prophet-historian who lived in Book of Mormon times. He was the one who abridged and compiled the records from the civilizations spoken of in the said book. This is why it is called the book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are not very different the other women around the world. The only difference is that they, as well as all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, have deeper understanding of what the Lord expects of them. Regarding equality, although the Lord has in His design different responsibilities for men and women, modern prophets have said about this, "By divine design, fathers are to watch over and teach their families in love and righteousness. They are to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners." The word "equal" is the key. Men and women are regarded as equal and the Lord expects us to treat each other as such. Remember that different responsibilities do not make men and women unequal, just different. The roles of motherhood and fatherhood, though very different by divine design, are still considered equal to the Lord. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Yes, we believe that He is the Son of God. One of my favorite scriptures about Jesus Christ is found in modern scriptures when the prophet Joseph Smith said "And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of Him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of Him, that He lives! For we saw Him even on the right hand of God and we heard Him bear record that He is the Only Begotten of the Father that by Him, and through Him, and of Him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God." I will be so bold as to say I think there is no other religion in the world that worships and exults in Him like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does. I love Him. He has taught me so much. I adore Him. I worship Him and my one greatest wish is simply to live with my family with Him for eternity. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We always try to follow the example of Jesus Christ in all that we do. Since He didn't help people who came to him for help based on appearance, personality or by their opinions or beliefs we try to do the same. We do not pick and choose who we help. Because some people in the world are lacking in things they need because of Idleness, we always try to put those who aren't able to help themselves first. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

We believe that after this life our spirits go to a place we call the "spirit world". Those who willingly lived the gospel of Jesus Christ to the best of their ability will be in a "paradise" where they will rest from all worldly matters. Those who either did not receive sufficient chance to live the gospel or did learn it and deliberatly chose not to follow it will be in a state of spirit prison. In this state those who did not receive sufficient chance to follow the gospel will wait until ordinances are done by proxy in temples that they couldn't do for themselves. They can choose to accept or reject this. Those who had sufficient chance and did not take advantage of it will live in a state of "spiritual emptiness" or guilt. All deceased will wait in either "spirit paradise" or "spirit prison" until the resurrection, when we will all be judged. Paul mentioned in his letters to The Corinthians three "heavens" or degrees of glory, Celestial, Terrestrial and Tellestial kingdoms. In order to get into the highest and live with our families forever with God and Jesus Christ we must be baptized, and make all other necessary promises with God including marriage for eternity in one of His temples and keep those promises. Those who lived honorable lives and did do well, but did not follow all of God's commandments will live in the Terrestrial Kingdom. Those who deliberately rejected the Savior and His teachings and chose not to follow them will live in the lowest Tellestial Kingdom. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

In Mark 16:15, the Savior said, "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we take this counsel seriously and give our best efforts to spread the Lord's gospel throughout the world, the same way that He did. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I think the best way to explain this is to have a proper understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Since none of us are perfect and never will be in this life, we need some way to overcome the effects of sin and death. But since we will never be able to do enough to make up for our own sins, overcome death and, in a sense, "free ourselves from spiritual debt" to God we need Jesus Christ to pay our debt and, in turn become our creditor. In Matthew 26, Mark 14, and Luke 22 it speaks of His suffering for our sins. This is further clarified in the Book of Mormon in Alma 7:11-12 where it mentions His "suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind." This includes every physical, emotional, mental and spiritual pain and discomfort that anyone ever has, does and ever will experience. Because of this suffering, He understands us and our needs completely. This understanding and experience allows Him to plead our cause as long as we willingly follow His "terms and conditions" or commandments exactly. This is illustrated in Latter-Day Saint scripture in Doctrine and Covenants section 45, "Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life." Because of the Atonement we can be qualified to be cleansed and perfected bit by bit as we repent and align our lives with His will by coupling our efforts and faith with Him. His grace, His divine power, makes this all possible. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. Their main purpose is to do what the title of the organization implies, offer any kind of relief they can to the children of God. Their motto is "Charity never faileth." Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon and the Bible are both writings of ancient prophets testifying and teaching of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. While prophets in the Bible lived in Middle East area of the world, the prophets in the Book of Mormon lived in the Americas. Both books teach the same gospel. One of the last prophets to write in the Book of Mormon was a prophet-historian named Mormon who was given charge over the 1000+ years of written history of the Ancient American civilization. He compiled the most important parts of all the writings into the plates that Joseph Smith was shown. In September 22, 1827 this record was delivered to Joseph by the then resurrected prophet Moroni, with the strict charge to do with them only as directed, and was told "that I should be responsible for them that if I should let them go carelessly, or through any neglect of mine, I should be cut off but that if I would use all my endeavors to preserve them, until he, the messenger, should call for them, they should be protected." Today the Book of Mormon has been fully translated into over 80 languages and it's influence, as well as the Bible's, is felt all over the world as a testimony of the divine mission of the Saviour, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

I think if you were to look in any phone book and go to the yellow pages section under "Churches" you would find more than you might expect. With so many hundreds of thousands of different churches, lifestyles and personal backgrounds and circumstances I would venture to say most people in the world today have at least some small amount of uncertainty and/or fear regarding their purpose in this world and what will really happen after they die. With the question "What is being a Mormon like?", I think the only (and biggest) difference between us and everyone else is access to the answers to the most important questions in life; things like how to have a successful marriage, whether religion is important or not, the significance Jesus Christ has in our lives and more. With those answers comes peace of mind and the means to eliminate all of that uncertainty and fear, making all those who live as Jesus did truly and completely happy for this life and for all the eternities to come with our families. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

I think everyone that is familiar with the ten commandments knows that one of them is 'thou shalt not commit adultery'. The Lord further clarifies this in the Bible in Matthew 5, "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." The Law of Chastity is a strict commandment from God to obey this counsel. Any sexual relations outside of marriage, whether by thought, conversation of any kind or by any other type of sexual action or interaction is forbidden by the Lord. I'm sure when most people think of adultery they associate it with physically participating in those kinds of relations with another person or by viewing it. But that whole "In his heart" part also means completely staying away from reading, speaking about, listening to, viewing or entertaining in our minds anything that suggests sexual activity outside of marriage with and only with a spouse of the opposite gender. I don't want to make it seem like these things are horrible and evil, for things of a sexual nature are ordained of God and are good and beautiful. In fact, the Lord has said that those types of intimate relations are meant for expression of love in marriage along with child bearing. But his 'permission slip' for those thoughts, words, and actions and that they be strictly between only husband and wife. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

One of my favorite quotes from modern day prophets is from Orson F. Whitney when he said "The time will come when no man nor woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within himself. If you do not have it, how can you stand?" This applies to all areas of our lives. The scriptures are replete with warnings from the Lord through His prophets that the state of the world, economically, politically, spiritually, socially and even physically will just keep getting worse and worse, that it will not get easier or better. This is why the Lord, in His infinite love for us, has and still is repeatedly telling us to be self-sufficient, both temporally and spiritually. This means being prepared to the best of our ability for any natural disaster or any spiritual, emotion or physical circumstance that may come to us. We must be ready for the possibility of being left completely to our own resources, capacities and testimony of truth. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Most of the world misuses the word 'cult'? People who use the word cult to describe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints often use it to mean "A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister." The reason many people categorize us like that is because we teach things about God and Jesus Christ and Their gospel that the other most common sects and beliefs disagree with. By technical definition, a cult is simply a "system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure(s)". So when people call The LDS Church a cult, they are simply misusing the word. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

In John 3 Jesus Christ gave us a commandment to be baptised and was obedient to His own commandment by being baptised Himself as recorded in Matthew 3. In order to follow His teachings and example, all of us must also be baptised by proper authority, just as He was. Jesus taught baptism is to follow repentance, meaning a complete change of heart and mind away from evil and towards our Father in Heaven. Baptism is a covenant, or promise, that we make with the Savior symbolizing the death of an old life of sin and the start of a new life of cleanliness and obedience to His commandments. This is why we are buried (or immersed) completely in the water and then brought out again, so symbolize a spiritual rebirth. It is a promise we make to take His name upon us, always remember Him, and keep His commandments. In return He promises us that we will always have His spirit to be with us as long as we keep our end of the deal. Of course even after someone is baptised they won't be perfect, none of us are or ever will be in this life. For that reason we repent every day and partake of the sacrament each week as a reminder and a renewal of this promise. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches the same thing that the Bible of Book of Mormon teach about baptism. 1) That it is essential, even vital to the salvation of each and every one of Gods children as illustrated in John 3:5 and in the 11th chapter of 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon. 2) That it is a covenant or promise that we make with God, symbolizing the death and burial (hence the necessity of complete submersion) of a life of sin and the rebirth or rising above the low standards of the world and starting of a new life of obedience to God. 3) That it must be done by proper priesthood authority, by one who has been called of God. Another key thing to remember about baptism is what Nephi said about it in thee Book of Mormon: "after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken cfaith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save. Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." So making baptismal covenants isn't the end. We need to keep living and keep those promises forever. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

As Doctrine and Covenants (Latter-Day Saint scripture) tells us, "The Father has a body of flesh and bone as tangible as man's; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit, were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us". When Joseph Smith saw the Father and the Son, his (Joseph's) exact words were "...I saw TWO personages..." indicating that they are two separate beings, as also illustrated in Mark 1:10-11 and Luke 3:22. The scriptures also indicate that He is all loving (Romans 8:38-39 and 1 Nephi 11:17 in the Book of Mormon). In Romans 8 we learn that nothing anything or anyone says, does, or thinks will change His love for us. We also learn from 2 Nephi 26:24 in the Book of Mormon that everything He does or allows to happen is for our benefit: "He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world". He is all wise and all powerful and has given us everything we have (including our trials) for our education and enjoyment. In the Doctrine and Covenants the Saviour teaches us: "Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart." He has given us all things on the earth for us to use the way they are meant to be used to help make life more enjoyable and is perfectly patient with us as we learn from our mistakes and strive to live like Him. Show more Show less

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

We are commanded to "hate the sin, love the sinner". God has ordained marriage between a man and woman as the only valid marriage as well as the only right environment in which to raise a family and share intimate expressions of love that are only to be shared between husband and wife. God will not be mocked and that is exactly what Satan tries to do. He tries to sweet talk people into believing lies like: "you were born this way, you can't help it" or "it just nature running its course" or "it's love so it must be right". God gives all people the right and the ability to choose to obey the commandments and will not place them in circumstances which make it impossible for them do so. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

I think the easiest way to understand how chastity is related to modesty (in how we dress, speak, think and act) is to have a full understanding of the Lords counsel in this matter. While it is important to keep our thoughts, words and actions clean and pure, it is also important to make sure we make it easy for others to do so as well. When we wear, say or do something that is crass, rude, sexually suggestive, the least bit profane, or anything else that is offensive to the Spirit of God, we are, whether we intend to or not, communicating that that is the kind of person we are: crass, rude, immorally minded and/or profane. While we do believe that God gave us the ability to choose how we respond to our circumstances, we believe that He also made it very clear in the scriptures that we need to choose a way that makes it easier for others to choose to be better as well. Any clothing that has pictures or words or anything else that is offensive to the Spirit as well as clothing that is revealing in any way or obnoxiously flashy should not be worn because, again, this communicates to the world that that is the quality of our character. The best way to teach this to children is, as the Saviour taught, by example. We can also make these decisions easier for our families by not allowing ourselves or our children to purchase or participate in these types of things, but rather to develop a dislike and even abhorrence of these things. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We are all members of the family of our Heavenly Father. On this earth we are all spiritual brothers and sisters. The Lord has told us that it is within each of our individual mortal families in our homes that the most important life lessons should be taught (by word and by example). Since we are usually most comfortable in our own homes with members of our families, it is here that we need to be developing those vital relationships with those we love and learning to live the way that our Heavenly Father knows will bring us the most joy in this life and the life to come. Wouldn't it be sad if we were all put on this earth alone without any family, just left to fend for ourselves? God, our Father, knows that this is what we need to not only make it back to Him but enjoy our journey along the way. It is in the family unit that the most important lessons in the scriptures are most effectively taught and exemplified. It is in the family unit that parents are to teach children those things that have the most eternal significance. It is in the family unit that parents can most effectively learn (from their children) how to love more and be more patient and loving and Christlike. God has ordained the family for helping us to learn and experience these most vital things in this life and to allow us the most wonderful joyful (as well as, sometimes, the most trying and educational) experiences God has to offer us. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

When we came to earth, we came from a perfectly pure place in the presence of Heavenly Father to this earth which is so far from perfect that, as we all know, many horrible and terrible things happen every day. God knew that, because we wouldn't remember anything about our pre-earth life, we would fall easily to tempations to feel, think, say and do terrible things. When we think, say, or do things that are impure, unGodly, wrong or sinful, we stain our souls and invite evil into our lives. The only way around this hurdle of mortality was for God, our Father, to provide a Savior to do something that, as weak mortals, we could never do. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, willingly and with perfect love for us, submitted himself to the will of the Father and suffered pains for our sins, weaknesses, and trials and difficulties of every kind in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, descending below all things. This allows Him to understand us so thoroughly and completely that He, because He suffered innocently, is enabled to forgive our sins when we repent and change our natures and to be a comfort and a guide for us. We need Him to be our Savior because we cannot save ourselves. We can never make up for our faults sufficiently in our mortal condition. Only because of His ability to plead our cause (if we follow His 'terms and conditions') to the Father do we have a hope of living in happiness with Him and families during OR after this life. Show more Show less