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Hi I'm Paul H.

I'm a Mormon, meaning a Christian

About Me

I'm a father of three and a grandfather of three and am married to a wonderful wife. I love my wife dearly and we have been happily married for 29 years. For most of my career I've been involved in managing research to improve manufacturing processes. I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities - jet ski, canoeing, camping, rappelling, tennis and indoor activities such as reading, watching movies, learning ASL, but no hard and fast favorites.   I grew up in Chicago. My mom joined the church when I was two years old. My father joined the church when I was 26. In Chicago, I played outside as a kid in vacant lots, in alleys and rode my bike as far as downtown Chicago, 10 miles away. I went to Lane Tech High School and during that time attended early morning seminary for three out of the four years it was offered. At times I had to get on a bus at 5am to make it there on-time (6am). I served as a missionary in Germany and still remember how to speak it, but not as well as I did then. You won't find me writing a really interesting profile. I write technical dry stuff, and I'm good at dry. So these are just the facts. My wife and I have moved 16 times in 29 years for various reasons. Some moves were cross town, others were cross country. We have lived in Illinois, Ohio, Utah, and California. We have found the blessings of loving friends wherever we have lived from those of many faiths, and no religion at all. There are good people everywhere.

Why I am a Mormon

This is a multi-part answer I am Mormon, because my mother joined the church when I was two years old. I continued to be Mormon, because at 15 I gained my own testimony that the Book of Mormon is true, Jesus Christ was my Savior and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was led by a prophet of God. I continue to be Mormon, because I have learned through a long experience in study, pondering, prayer and exercising faith that what is taught is real and makes perfect sense and fits perfectly together. There is nothing else as wonderfully inspiring and insightful as our purpose here and the teachings of Jesus Christ and his prophets. 

How I live my faith

I live my faith by realizing that I am a child of God and my purpose is to strengthen my spirit to consistently make right choices. To that end I put study of the word of God, prayer and pondering at the top of my priority list. Following that is service to others. Fortunately I work in a service industry, so I have ample opportunity to follow the example of my Savior in patient, loving service. I have learned that when I listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, I make much better decisions. When I come home, I know I will need to serve the members of my family. I don't mind, because I am happy in service. Jesus taught us to serve and love one another, I strive to do that. My family understands that I need time to develop my talents so they are willing to let me have time to ride my bicycle or do an art or home project. I serve in the church to identify individuals and families who have spiritual or temporal needs and strive to find ways to assist them. The biggest obstacle that I have observed preventing people from helping each other is cluttering up their lives with so many activities that there is no time, unless planned way in advance to help others when they need it. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God written by ancient prophets. I have a firm testimony that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and completed the atonement so that all of us would have an opportunity to live with God the Eternal Father. We are all brothers.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Paul H.
 In the beginning, I wasn't sure myself. Over time I have developed a habit of counseling with my Heavenly Father. As I pray I discuss the most pressing issues, through the Holy Spirit, he inspires my thoughts to answers I need. As I have continued to do this I have gained knowledge and understanding of his love and his ways. I believe that it is this on going discussion between Father and son, along with following the counsel I receive that build this relationship of understanding and trust and learning from Him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Paul H.
OH YES! There is so much richness in the teachings in the Old and New Testaments. There is no other volume of scripture that gives us an account of the mortal life of Jesus from those who knew him. You will find the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints clearly portrayed in the Holy Bible. Furthermore, the Book of Mormon and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants both declare it's worth. Show more Show less