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Hi I'm Paul

I believe in Christ

About Me

I'm a full-time student, a part-time sound technician, a father, and a husband. I'm a return missionary who served in Apia, Samoa and San Bernardino, California. I'm fluent in Samoan and have had some exposure to Spanish. I'm also the youngest of 3 boys. My main interest is my family. I love spending time with my wife and our baby. We do lots of things together. We read books, watch movies, play games, and we really like cooking together too. Our favorite thing is music. We both like to sing and I play the guitar, bass guitar, and a little piano. I really enjoy my work as a sound technician. I do live sound reinforcement as well as studio recording. I've been on two tours with a jazz vocal ensemble and a big band.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On my father's side, I have one ancestor who housed Joseph and Emma Smith for a time in Ohio and another ancestor who converted to the Church while living in England and emigrated to Salt Lake. On my mother's side, I have an ancestor who served as one of the first missionaries to certain parts of Europe. I have chosen to remain faithful to the Church is because I know that it contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This realization has taken my entire life and will always require me to exercise faith. One of the earliest memories I have about deciding if I wanted to go to church or not was when I was between 7 and 10 yrs old. One Sunday, my parents were both ill and let my 2 brothers and me decide if we wanted to go to church without them. I got excited because that meant I could stay home and play all day. That excitement quickly turned into curiosity when one of my brothers said that he wanted to go to church. "Why in the world would he want to go to church when he doesn't have to?" I asked myself. The only way to find that out was to go to church without any obligation from my parents. So, I went to church that day because I wanted to. Ever since then, I have had many experience that have convinced me of the truthfulness of this church and the gospel it teaches.

How I live my faith

I believe the most important thing I do to live my faith is to follow the example of Jesus Christ. Every day, I make an effort to be kind and loving to others, to avoid inappropriate thoughts or speech, and to serve those around me. I study the scriptures and pray. These two things help me learn more about God and Jesus Christ than anything else that I do. I also repent when I do something wrong. There are times when I am selfish or lazy. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to help me overcome those things and be a better person. I know that when I'm honest and sincere with the Lord, He will help make amends and provide forgiveness. I serve in the church as an executive secretary. I help the Bishop and his counselors schedule their appointments with people in the ward. I really enjoy this service because I feel like I help the ward run smoothly. I'm glad to know that people can rely on me.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

The Bible was written by inspiration and can only be interpreted by inspiration. After Christ and the Apostles died, many people taught from the Bible without that inspiration. That is the main reason why there are so many different denominations of Christianity today. There was only one Christ and one Bible yet now there are so many churches teaching so many different doctrines. With the Restoration, the authority to teach by inspiration and lead the children of God was brought back to Earth. There are many examples in the Bible where this authority was lost and people began to wander away from the true doctrine of God. When that happened, God would restore that authority through a chosen servant. Moses is one example of a prophet called by god to lead his children by authority. Even Christ himself had to restore this authority in his time. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Being a Disciple of Christ Here are some scriptures from the New Testament where Christ Himself taught us what it means to be His disciple. Luke 1038-42 – Christ was visiting Mary and Martha. Mary sat intently listening to Christ while Martha was running about the house serving them. When Martha asked if Mary could provide her some assistance, Christ told her that Mary was doing the better thing by listening to Him. Luke 111-13 –Christ here gives a parable of a man who bothers his friend in the middle of the night for some bread. The poor man is initially turned down by his friend, but persists and the friend relents only to get the friend to leave. This doesn’t mean Christ will make us beg for everything we need, but it has to do with our diligence in seeking relief from Him. If we are so willing to pester our friends to provide us with thing, should we not approach the Lord with the same determination? He is the giver of life. If we truly desire to live than we must seek after Him with all of our might, mind, and strength. Luke 12 22-30 –We are here invited to focus less on temporal things, material possessions. We are promised that such things can easily be provided for us if we focus on things that are eternal. I don’t think this means to neglect feeding and clothing yourself, but I do think it means that the Lord is mindful of our needs and is capable of helping us satisfy them.  Show more Show less