Hi I'm Paul Spiel
I'm a college student getting a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. School is fun and hard, but I enjoy what I'm learning and hope to have a meaningful career one day. When I'm not in class I enjoy doing any of my hobbies or spending time with family and friends. Throughout my life my likes and interests have varied, but there are constants in my life that have always helped me; namely my family and the gospel. I don't know where I'd be without the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life.
Why I am a Mormon
It has always been a battle between good and evil in my life. I realized that certain things people did were wrong, and other things people did were the right thing to do (see Moroni 7:15-17 in the Book of Mormon). The gospel taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints invited me to do all of those good things. It did not just tell me to believe in those things, though. It invited me to DO them. The most significant reason I am a member of this church is because of the Book of Mormon. I read it every morning during the beginning years of my high school career. As I read, I felt something within me. I felt a desire to live better, to be kinder, and to help others. As I have studied the Book of Mormon throughout the years, I have continued to feel those same things. I had the opportunity to serve a mission for two years and share the gospel with the wonderful people of the South. I saw the Book of Mormon change their lives as well. It is an inspired book from God. I would encourage anyone to read it. It will only bless one's life by doing so.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
The Savior's teachings of love have influenced me. His gospel is a gospel of love. The greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:37-40). Love would set his people apart from any other people. Others will know we are his disciples because of our love (John 13:35). I know I have felt that love as I have attended church, listened to the talks, and associated with other members.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon has a lot of great principles that have helped govern my life. It answers questions like: Where do we go after this life? (Alma 40) How can I find more happiness? (Mosiah 2) Why do bad things happen to good people? (2 Nephi 2) What does God expect of me? (2 Nephi 31) How can I repent and be forgiven? (Mosiah 4) Will God answer my prayers? (Enos 1) Why are we here on this earth? (2 Nephi 2:14-28) I believe all the principles taught in the Book of Mormon are true principles of life. If we apply them we will be blessed and happy.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I served a mission because I felt the joy the gospel has brought into my life, and I sincerely wanted others to have that joy also.
How I live my faith
Living the gospel is a daily process. I try to live my religion by helping others out and doing things that I would hope for in return. I think a lot of the gospel is about serving others, because thats where you can find the most happiness. Christ spent his time serving others, that's what his life was. We can find the same peace and happiness by being good to others and living like Christ would want us to live.