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Hi I'm Paul Bontempo

I joined the church at 15 years old and have since enjoyed each day of my life more fully. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Paul. My wife Renee and I have 5 children and have been married 22 years. A day doesn't go by that I am not humbled by life's experiences, which have a way of reminding me what a great blessing it is to have a family. I work in the real estate industry where a work day includes helping people buy, sell and finance real estate, as well as invest in private Notes. I grew up in Arcadia, CA, where I was one of 6 children. Being part of a large family was so wonderful that I wanted a big family myself. Renee has been kind enough to help me with that, :) . I like to get out doors and run around, ride bikes with my fam and throw a football with our boys. I love meeting and helping people, and seeing their life's change as they learn that they are a child of God. That they have a divine destiny and that Jesus Christ is their Savior. That He came to this earth to do the will of His Father. That following His resurrection He ascended unto His Father, and your Father, and to His God, and your God; We are here for a like purpose, to prepare to meet God! It seems with each year the need to do more for others becomes more real, more apparent. To love my fellow man and to be an example of the Savior radiates as a great need. Though I fall short each day, my desire to love and help others is a priority. In so doing we feel the great Joy that comes from serving.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with many family traditions. My grandparents were Italian immigrants who loved their traditional religion. My grandfather was the director of the Southern California Catholic Choir. My dad was an alter boy and played baseball at St. Francis HS. My mother shared my father's religion. My folks met at a church activity, fell in love and got married shortly there after. As a family we attended the local Parrish each week. A great memory of Sunday's together. My desire to know the truth about God and Christ became most overwhelming as the leaders of the Parrish failed to provide scriptural support for the many traditional beliefs taught as truth. As my family read and prayed about the principles written of in the Bible, we knew that these traditional beliefs were limited, and that God intended a greater truth to be taught and understood. We were as Timothy describe, 'Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth'. Our search for truth led us to an introduction to the Book of Mormon. We realized that it is not a replacement to the Bible but a Second Witness of Christ, the Bible being the First. 'Another stick', as described by Ezekiel, which would be, 'written upon for Joseph,...and for all of the house of Israel his companions'. Together, with the stick of Judah, becoming 'one stick', used to gather Israel, preparatory to the second coming of Christ. My father and mother read and prayed concerning this book and, as promised by Moroni, one of its authors, gained a witness of its truthfulness. No more confusion. No more lack of understanding. Just pure religion undefiled before God! I was fourteen, tempted by my peers and at a cross roads in my life. This new found understanding of God and Christ provided the truth I needed to make better decisions, which have had far reaching effects in my life. Thank goodness for the restored gospel. I know it to be true. And, I know the Bible and the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

How I live my faith

Have you ever asked yourself, Where did I come from before I was born, Why am I here on this earth and Where am I going after this life is over? Well, my mind was working those questions for years without any answers. As I came to understand the restored gospel my testimony of the Plan of Salvation became whole, allowing me to understand the the truth in those vital questions. See, if you know the answers to those questions you then know that you will live again. You know that you will one day 'stand before God and be judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works', as reveled to Paul in Revelation. You realize that each and every thing you do is vital to your salvation; and, you begin to live accordingly...'To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep yourself unspotted before the world'. The parable of the Good Samaritan takes on a whole new meaning. You begin to realize how 'all the law and the prophets' hang on obedience to the great commandment to, 'love the Lord thy God... and...love thy neighbor as thyself'. If we truly love Him we will keep His commandments and love one another. 'For by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another'. So, how has this new understanding of God and Christ shaped my life and the types of things I do out there in the world? My faith empowers me to be more caring towards others, to be a positive person in all people's life's, to show love towards my wife and our children, to not judge unrighteously. I am encouraged by the Holy Ghost to bring the love of Christ to each of my brothers and sisters here on this earth. A daunting task indeed, but we are not alone, for the Holy Ghost walks with us and together we can accomplish great things... I love this gospel and know that we can enjoy the great joy that comes from helping others with a pure heart, making this world a better place one day at a time...