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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a Husband, Father, Grandfather and a Chief Master Sergeant with the US Air Force and I'm a Mormon

About Me

My dad served in the Army for 21 years and served two tours in Vietnam. I always wanted to join the military and knew in the 7th grade that I wanted to do that service in the Air Force as a Pilot. When your interest in Girls over shadows your interest in Academics, then the Air Force Academy doesn't normally knock at your door. I joined the Army National Guard at 17 and then transferred into the Air Force just prior to my 19th Birthday. I also married at 19 to a young lady who wanted to know what in the world a "Mormon" was because it was listed on my dog-tags. We have been married for 27 years now and have three kids and two grandkids. I have traveled the world and love meeting new people and seeing things for the first time. I look forward to retirement and the opportunity to do more traveling with my wife. The Air Force paid for my education and I count myself blessed to have had the ability to learn all that I have. Life is awesome!!!

Why I am a Mormon

 I was baptized into the church in 1978 when I was in the 7th Grade. By the time I had moved onto the 8th Grade, we had become less active and more involved in what everybody else my age was doing. Even though I was inactive throughout my teenage years, there was something inside me that said when I was done having "fun" in the world, I knew where and what I would come back to. There wouldn't be a need for searching. My true conversion in the Gospel came after I had been married for about 10 months to my incredible wife Gwen. The seeds that had been left by my mom and other leaders in my life came to fruition around the ripe age of 20 when I realized that I needed to get my act together and become the man that God had intended me to become. The gospel has now been a integral and crucial part of our marriage, family and lives for the last 27 years. For me, the truths taught just make sense to me. I'm far from perfect and realize on a daily basis just how much more learning and growing I still have to do. I am however so much farther along than I was and I look forward to the growth that comes with conviction, no matter how hard that growth can be. I know who I am. I know where I came from. I know where I am going if I but stay the course. And finally, I know that I have a Father in Heaven that knows and loves me. I know that I have a Savior in Jesus Christ and that He has ransomed me and that He Lives!!!

How I live my faith

 I believe in the quote of "I'd rather see a sermon than listen to one any day" I live my faith by trying my best to be a good man, helping others, caring for the widow, the sick and afflicted. I have served in a number of positions within the church when asked or called to by my leadership. I have taught the little children, the teenagers or youth, and adults in a number of different Sunday School classes. I have served in lay leadership positions and I visit a number of different families that are within are congregation to check in with them. I have served in the scouting program as well and other local community service projects. In general I would say that serving others strengthens me.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Paul
 I'm not sure I know any "Mormon customs" other than treating people like you would like to be treated. Our dress for church is standard dress for most any other church out there. We believe that you should dress your best for the Lord, even if that is your best pair of Jeans and Shirt. The men will normally wear a white shirt and tie and the ladies will normally wear a dress or skirt but that is not a requirement for coming to church. The requirement for coming to church is a desire to know your savior. To find answers to the questions that have been banging around in your head and or heart. To find relief. To find peace. As for holidays, we celebrate most holidays that all other Christians celebrate. Show more Show less