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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married with four girls. I teach chemistry, and driver education at a local high school. I coached football and wrestling but I'm taking a break to watch my kids grow up a little. Three of my daughters play competitive soccer, the two older girls run track; my second daughter also runs on the school's cross country team. My youngest is a busy little girl that loves to dance, tumble, and ride bikes. My wife has her teaching degree but has chosen to raise our children and be at home when they are home. I support her decision completely. She works part time as an aide with a kindergarten class and loves it. With my involvement in church responsibilities, job, and family activities life is a little crazy at my house; but I'm loving life anyway!

Why I am a Mormon

Children learn about God from their parents and for a while accept what their parents say as truth. But at some point everyone has to learn for themselves what is true in order to stand on their own. I really had no problems with the way I was raised; my life was good, and I had all the basic needs taken care of by my parents. To believe what they believed was easy because I knew my parents loved me and they were good people by my estimation. The trial of my faith occurred during my sophomore year in high school. I never did anything seriously wrong that would cause me to be disciplined by the church, but I had done some things that I was not proud of. Was there a God out there that wanted me to obey His commandments and follow His Son's example? It got to a point where I could no longer follow the teachings of my youth and keep doing what I was doing. I had to know for myself if God was real; I had to know if I was a child of God and if He really loved me. After visiting with my Bishop and confessing what I had done, I went home and opened the Book of Mormon to the third book of Nephi and before I read anything I knelt down at the family table and asked God to let me know He is real and that this gospel is true. I told Him that if I did not receive an answer that I would not return to church ever again. In my heart I knew this was my one chance to know for myself and I was a little frightened. I read for quite some time without any interruptions from family or phones. After reading for almost an hour and a half I read chapter 17 and had the most amazing feeling come over me. My heart burned with the overwhelming feeling of love from my Heavenly Father. I did not hear with my ears from Him, but I received the impression in my heart and soul that I had been forgiven and that I was a child of God. I also knew the Book of Mormon was true along with His gospel. My prayer was answered. Why am I a Mormon? Because I can not deny what happened to me.

How I live my faith

In the LDS Church I have had many different opportunities to serve. Currently I am a family history consultant for the youth. I finally have enough experience to help the young people find their ancestors and the evidence to support their family connections. This has been an amazing process. I am fairly good at using computers but had to learn the hard way about how this work is done. This is the Lord's work and until I humbled myself I went a long time without any successes. When I finally prayed for help to do His work amazing things started to happen. I found family members on census records that were previously left off my pedigree chart. I began to communicate with others who were doing the same work and received marriage records from them. A family relative, not even a member of the church, drove all the way from North Carolina to Utah to work with me on some family names. That was a little scary because she was a professional genealogist. But because the Lord heard my prayers and I had access to FamilySearch.org I was able to find several names for her even though I am a rookie at Family History. I'm not perfect but I try each day to feel the Savior's love. I make mistakes every day that I have to repent for. I have found that temptations seem to intensify when something good in my life is about to happen. If I can withstand the temptation I am worthy for whatever the Lord has in store for me.