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Hi I'm Paul

I am a Husband and Father. I have a degree in Mechnical Engineering. I love dancing and fishing with my wife. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am married to the love of my life, and a father to 6 beautiful children; 4 children from my first marriage and 2 step children, all of whom I love with all my heart. My hobbies are family vacations, fishing, hunting, running, camping, geneology, reading and all other things family or outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. Looking back, that didn't make choosing to become a mormon any easier. It made it more available. True conversion came to me once i truly desired it. You might say, having something in your face constantly, can make it more difficult to desire. There came a time in my youth were life got very difficult and I felt like I was standing at the cross roads of life. Two roads, one my parents had preached to me about or one of my own. My parents being concerned about me, sent me to my cousins house for part of the summer. One night over dinner my cousin said to me, "Paul, don't give up what you want most, for what you want now!". Honestly at that time in my life, I didn't know what I wanted. So one night while sleeping out on the roof of my cousins house, I asked myself, "what do I want?" A small question and a simple prayer,"What do I want? Help me!" I pondered over many things, but finally I concluded, "I just want to be happy!" That caused me to reflect over the times that I found myself the happiest. I was happiest when i was doing the things I knew to be right and when I was with my family. All of a sudden I needed to know if this "Mormon stuff" was true. I began to read the Book of Mormon. I wanted to know for myself. As I read, my heart was filled with the messages of the Savior and his great desire for me to be happy. The more I read, the more I wanted to be like Him. The more I tried to be like Him, the more the Spirit filled my heart. I began to know that the book was true. My life was changed forever by the Book of Mormon. My life didn't get any easier. But even the hard times seemed to have purpose now. Patients, kindness, longsuffering and most of all Charity, the pure love of Christ; I found all these on my path of life while trying to live the gospel. I am no where near perfect, but the knowlege that I am a Child of God and that He has sent me here to earth, gives me the Faith and Hope to keep trying!

How I live my faith

The best way for me to describe how I live my faith is from a song I learned as a youth while attending church. It says, " I am trying to be like Jesus, I am following in his ways... I am trying to do as he did, in all that I do and say." Through learning of Christ in the scriptures and trying to follow him, I have learned that seeking after things that are lovely, virtuous, praise worthy or of good report brings peach to the mind and soul. It's not always easy to discipline myself to be kind, patient and loving, especially in those times when people are mean, lashout or falsely accuse. But Christ's great example teaches me to pause and consider the other person and seek ways to love and serve them. I try to live with Gratitude. I am grateful to my Savior and to my Heavenly Father. I have felt their gratitude for me when I strive to be more like them and follow in their ways. These feelings that I share with them, let's me know that I am loved by my Savior and Heavenly Father. I want them to know how much I love them too.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Jesus Christ was the perfect example of love and friendship. Both of these characteristcs are important in any growing marriage. Christ taught us that we should love our spouse as He loved the church and gave his life for it. So should we give ourselves in service, love, loyalty and complete devotion to each other. Heavenly Father teaches us by way of commandments, ordinances and covenants how we can truly develop trust and faith in Him and in each other. As couples stay true to the covenants that they make with God and each other at the time of marriage, they will experience the strength, love and support of a loving Heavenly Father teaching, guideing and watching over them in all that they do and say. They will have an understanding of the love that God has for each of his children and his great desire for them to live and love as He does. Then a natural desire to have this beautiful relationship for time and all eternity will flow from the deepest part of their souls. Show more Show less