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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a college student studying psychology and working towards becoming a counselor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a large family of 11 kids and wonderful parents. I have 9 sisters and 1 older brother. I currently have 7 nephews and 5 nieces. My family means everything to me and I love to be with them every chance I get. I served a mission from Jan. 2008 to Jan. 2010 in Albania. It was an eye-opening experience; I will never forget the lessons I learned there. One thing that struck me deeply was that life can seem so unequal at times. I asked myself, and God, why I had so much while others seemed to have so little. The answer was simple, but profound: It has become my duty to see to it that others also have these opportunities and blessings. This understanding is one thing that lead me to look into counseling. I am currently an undergraduate studying psychology at BYU-Idaho and I have plans to earn a masters and doctorate in counseling psychology. I hope to be able to carry some of the burden that others carry that they can also share in the peace of soul and mind that I have been so abundantly blessed with. "The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid daily on my back...It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses... All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities...that we should conduct all our dealings with one another… all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics." -C. S. Lewis, Weight of Glory

Why I am a Mormon

I suppose you could say that I am a Mormon because that's the way I have been raised. To this I respond agreeably. It is possible that this may have been the case, but I tell you now that if I had not deliberately chosen to believe in Christ the Son of God, and in His Church that I would not be a Mormon today. We each are presented with influences and teachings that are most common in the society in which we live, every one balanced or unbalanced by biases. It is eternally ours to consider them and then to choose what we will and will not believe and adhere to. This I have done, and with the help of a loving God, who is our Heavenly Father, have begun to establish myself in what seems to me most right and true. There are times in each person's life that seem somewhat dark and confusing. You may have had such an experience; you may be in the midst of one at this very moment. It is this condition that prompted me, shortly after high school, to confront what I thought to be true. I asked a lot of questions and seemed to find few satisfactory answers. One day I was driving in the mountains and began to wonder if God really did care about who I was or what I was trying to accomplish by living a life centered around the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I pondered and prayed hour after hour and even into the night. As if someone had suddenly turned on the sun, a wave of light and warmth came as an understanding of God's awareness of me and of His perfect love for me. I felt He was pleased with my life decisions and I committed to continue to keep the promises I had made at my baptism. That decision has afforded me great joy. I continue to struggle at times with challenges and sometimes even with confusion, but I know how I must live in order to access the source of light and truth. I have learned to recognize God's influence in my life and to trust in His caring guidance as I continue to live as a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a part of living my faith my family is very important to me. I try to do all I can to support each of my siblings as well as my parents. I have always been taught that family comes first and when a need arises within my family everything else is put on hold. In the Church we are given “callings” or jobs that allow us to participate within the organization of the Church as well as to serve one another. I have had several callings in leadership positions, as a missionary, and as a Sunday school teacher. Right now I have been asked to be a teacher of a group of young men about my age. I prepare and teach gospel lessons on two Sundays a month. Also I have the privilege of being a home teacher for several members of the church in my area. A home teacher prepares a gospel message to take to the members in their care, and visit them in the person’s own home. I try to build a friendship with each of these people and help them to meet their physical and spiritual needs. Besides church service, I try to be involved in my community and support worthwhile organizations. I coach a soccer team of 1st and 2nd graders in a soccer league put on by a local service group. I have worked with the Boy Scouts of America to help provide scout camp and Boy Scout training. I hope to continue serving and make community service a big part of my life. My education and hopes for a future career as a counselor is also faith-driven. I hope to be able to lift some of the burden of those suffering from the effects of addiction, abuse, and other traumatic experiences. My faith in Jesus Christ gives me hope that I can do a great deal of good among my fellow man.