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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a Mormon. I'm a CPA, a quantitative data analyst, and a father of five.

About Me

I'm a father of four daughters ages 12, 10, 4, and 16 months as well as a three year old boy, and the thing I enjoy most is spending time with my family. I work as a data analyst and I especially like automating processes in Excel and writing SQL. I like to play tennis, jog, and work in the yard when I have spare time.

Why I am a Mormon

While I have had powerful spiritual experience that have helped me know of the truth of the Book of Mormon and the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the most important thing has been that I have gained a testimony of each new principle, as Isaiah put it, "precept on precept, line upon line, line upon line here a little, and there a little". The combined witness of God's Spirit to me of all these little things has helped me know for certain the truth of this, His church.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by remembering the words of a modern prophet who said, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home." Rather than stay late at the office, I try to arise early to get my work done so I can be at home for dinner with my wife and children. I have taught my older two daughters how to read, and I'm working on teaching our third daughter to do the same. I'm given ample opportunities to learn patience by my little son who sometimes has a hard time communicating and therefore throws fits quite often. I find it easier to respond to him with kindness when I can look into his eyes and remember who he really is - a child of God. I know how vital daily scripture study and prayer is, and I have adopted the practice of reading the scriptures while getting myself ready in the morning. I serve in the church as a young single adult advisor as does my wife. We love serving these faithful young people. My wife also serves in the Relief Society presidency, an organization for women. I support her as she is often away visiting those in need and organzing and planning activities.

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

Paul
The best answer I can come up with is found in a verse of modern scripture "...if ye are prepared ye shall not fear." We prepare ourselves personally for an uncertain future. Modern prophets have counseled us to store sufficient food, clothing, cash, and other necessities so we can be prepared in the event of an emergency, job loss, disability, or other circumstances. Emergency preparedness is also a way of serving others. We organize ourselves to help fellow church members and also those in the community in the event of a disaster. Back in 2004 while I was living in Altlanta, Georgia, we were asked to go to Florida and help aid with cleanup from the hurricanes that had done a great deal of damage. We were given "Mormon Helping Hands" t-shirts which we used as we helped everyone in the community. It felt great to serve others and see their appreciation for our efforts. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Paul
I feel sympathy for those struggling with pornography addictions. Pornography is so pervasive that I believe all need to have a strategy for resisting its influence. In order to develop my own strategy, I asked myself these questions: -At what point does temptation begin? -At what point does sin begin? I determined that temptation begins when curiousity arises. This may arise almost anywhere - as you're walking down the aisle at the grocery store, while flipping through stations on the TV, or when an add comes up on a website. Jesus himself defined when sin begins: "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." (Matt. 5:28). To me that means that if I ever yield to curiousity by looking, even in the slightest, I've crossed the line into sin. One you've crossed that line, you surrender your freedom or agency to act, and it leads to deeper indulgence in sin. It may seem like an overly harsh standard that any lustful look is crossing the line, but I've found that it really defines the way to stay safe. Once you cross that line at all, your willpower is diminished. Stay safe by never letting curiousity dictate in the smallest way what you will look at. Show more Show less