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Hi I'm Paul

I am from Puerto Rico. I grew up in New York and California. I live in Texas. I'm a father of 6 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Puerto Rico, New York and California. My family was not always active in the LDS religion. When I was 15, I was personally motivated to start going to church. I had a desire to get my life on the right track. I eventually gained a personal witness that God had given us an additional testimony of Jesus Christ. That witness was a book of scripture called the Book of Mormon. At 19 years old, I was called to serve a mission in my native Puerto Rico. My young and small testimony grew and grew as I testified daily to others of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. What was neat was to see the lives of people change as they came and grew to know that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored and that God speaks to us and that we can return to live with him again. Little by little, I came to know personally that we would all live again after this earthly life. I learned that those whom I knew that passed on would once again be reunited with me when it is my turn to move on passed this life. I know of no religion created by man that can answer the question about what happens to all of those who never heard the gospel prior to their death. What happens to those millions of people. I know that through the teachings of Paul and through modern revelation through living prophets that all will have a chance to hear the gospel whether in this life or the life to come. God's plan is for all people who have and ever will life on this earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon from the time I was 4 years old. When I was 27, I was devastated to learn that my birth certificate had a name that I did not know as the father. My foundation of who I was had been stolen, taken away, destroyed. I was all alone because I knew know what that had been in the same situation. One thing that was a strength to me was my Mormon upbringing. I had been active since I was 15 years old. I served a mission in my native land of Puerto Rico. I had learned enough to know well that my Heavenly Father still loved me. But this was a trial that took time to come to grips with. It brought out of me emotions that I could not control. I felt rejected, unsure and would sometimes cry after being just totally angry about the secrets that had been kept from me. I prayed frequently to deal with my new situation. I am not sure when or how but a few years later, I realized that the situation had been behind me. In a way I do not know, Christ healed me. As time went on, I came to forgive all that had been involved. I later came to appreciate all members of the family that I knew growing up. That was my eternal family. I learned to look forward with happiness and not look back in sadness. Today, I know that God loves me, my family of a beautiful wife and six amazing kids. I have truly been blessed to achieve things that I didn't think were possible like getting a bachelors from BYU and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.

How I live my faith

I do my best each day to remember the Lord and His teachings. My typical day is like any other for the most part. But to help myself not get lost in the normal noise of this world, I read daily in the Book of Mormon to start my day. I may just read a verse at a time focusing on everything that I can extract from that verse. There are so many insights in focusing and analyzing one verse for 10+ minutes. There is so much insight to learn from taking a deep dive into the scriptures. This has helped me not only feel the peace of the Spirit in my life but it has also helped me received important thoughts at key times to help me or even save me from bad situations. I also make sure that I start my day, on my knees, praying to my Heavenly Father as I speak to Him out loud so that I am having a conversation with Him. I actually have a conversation with Him each morning and each night. There are times, that He communicates thoughts to my mind directly or sometimes because I have tried to keep the line of communication open, He has given me peaceful and insightful thoughts during the day. I try to stay close the Lord the best that I can so that my life is run by the guidance of the Lord instead of by my imperfections. And this is why I love this gospel. I am able to develop a personal relationship with The Creator of the universe and receive His guidance and I also get to be an instrument in His hands to help others and feel even more peace in my life by doing so. I also make it a point to renew myself every Sunday but focusing on the things of The Lord and my family on Sundays. I may be an avid sports fan but I have committed to myself to not check sports scores, not check the news and not even check work emails on what I consider the Holy Day of The Lord. And I work for one of the most prestigious firms in the world. But that prestige does not take presidence to He who created us. And at the end of the Sabbath day, I feel so blessed to have the gospel.

Are Mormons Christians?

Paul
That all depends. Is a Christian a person that follows Christ's example and teachings? If that is the case, then yes we are. Doing as the Savior does is the premise of our religion. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Paul
I am a 5th generation Mormon on my dad's side. My maternal great-great grandmother was an African slave from Nigeria who worked her way out of slavery on the island of Trinidad. I have been a Mormon all my life and enjoy the privileges that all members enjoy without restriction. Show more Show less