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Hi I'm Paul Shoemaker

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Washington State and I'm a Registered Nurse. I love bicycling, hiking and swimming.

About Me

I enjoy spending time with my family. I love to swim, bicycle, hike and enjoy the beauty that surrounds me. I'm a father of 3, all young men, married to the love of my life for 26 years. I'm a registered nurse at a hospital on the acute care and oncology floors. I became a nurse in June of 2009. I spent several years before that selling motorcycles and several more years before that working as a television news anchor and reporter. The love of video still lives on for me as I produce freelance video projects.

Why I am a Mormon

I treasure the guidance a loving Heavenly Father has provided for me in the principles I hold sacred and learn on a regular basis from the teachings of Jesus Christ and His organization on earth: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What a blessing to have divine guidance on living our lives in a manner that brings true and lasting happiness! I know the Gospel of my Savior, Jesus Christ is the same church he presided over when he walked the earth in ancient times in the Middle East, as recorded in the Bible and, in the Americas, as recorded in The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. This true Gospel of Jesus Christ brings true joy and happiness in my life by providing a framework, a guide for how I should live my life. The Gospel found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true religion of Christ and I have come to know this through testing the principles taught in the gospel through prayer and living these principles. What joy I have found in beginning to learn more about what is really important to focus on in this life! My parents joined the Mormon Church when I was 7 so I pretty much grew up a Mormon. Still, I had to develop a belief and testimony of this church on my own. Through the opportunity to share the Gospel with my future wife when she was 18 and I was 19 and over the years as I've struggled through life's challenges, I've built a firm testimony that is still growing!

How I live my faith

What a great question! I just keep on trying. I try to serve others, show my love for my fellow brothers and sisters, have honesty and integrity, lift those who's hands hang low, without seeking for a lot of praise or recognition. I rejoice in others success, especially when I can have even a small part in encouraging them on. Sometimes I feel pretty good about how I'm doing. Other times, I am humbled and recall my inadequate state. But, I know that if I do the best I can, my Lord and Savior will make up the difference. The Savior filling the gap is not a free ride. It requires a big effort on my part. I will always have a ways to go but oh, the joy that comes from having a belief in the Plan of Happiness! To know of my eternal opportunities to live with my family who I know and love here on earth.