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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a Mormon. I grew up near Los Angeles and now live in Kansas. I'm a law professor and librarian.

About Me

I live in Kansas and am a law library director and associate professor of law. Besides overseeing the library, I teach Cyberlaw, Advanced Legal Research and Transactional Law. I practiced law for nine years before moving to academia. My wife and I have four sons, three of whom are living. While we miss our second son, we believe we can be reunited with him. Our eldest son has Aspergers Syndrome, which is a form of Autism. He is a special individual--an eagle scout, prom king and high school football player. He was recently able to complete a short mission for our church. I love old Norse and Celtic saga literature and Samurai movies. 

Why I am a Mormon

When I was eleven I wanted a pair of skis. My father promised he would buy them if I would read the Book of Mormon. While reading, I recognized the spirit or Holy Ghost. I had felt it before in religious settings, but now I knew that the Book of Mormon was true scripture, and that I had a Father in Heaven who loved me, and a Savior who had died for me. A little later in life, I saw Franco Zeffirelli's film, "Jesus of Nazareth." Although dramatically embellished and not in strict harmony with the teachings of my faith, I was moved by the film to read the four Gospels of the New Testament. There I gained a powerful witness and love the Savior, Jesus Christ. This complemented the understanding I had gained from the Book of Mormon. Although far from perfect, I have endeavored to live worthy of the Holy Spirit. It has guided me throughout my life. I am grateful to have learned at an early age how spiritual knowledge comes through the Holy Spirit.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as best I can. One of the principle measures of faith is service. I have served a two-year mission to the Netherlands and Belgium, been a teacher in various capacities for the church, been called to serve in leadership and administrative roles, and been assigned to make make monthly visits to members of the church. I have participated in service projects in the local community. I also try to serve professionally in my academic career in a way the Savior would approve of. I am far from perfect, but I feel a special relationship between my profession and my church service. Both are dedicated to service, learning, and enhancing individual lives. I recognize my most important responsibilities are to my children and spouse. I try to be a good example and teacher, but I often learn far more from them than they from me.  

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

The Book of Mormon teaches us that "no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God," and that even if it were possible for us to return to our Father in Heaven with our sins, we would "shrink from his presence." Because our Heavenly Father knew that each of us would sin, he agreed to send his son, Jesus Christ, who would live among us and suffer temptations--only unlike us, he would never sin. In addition to being with out sin, Jesus was born of a mortal mother, Mary, and an immortal father, our Father in Heaven. He had the capacity to live forever, to die, and to rise from the dead. Perhaps more importantly, he had the ability to suffer infinite pain and suffering, including taking upon himself the punishment of each individual for his or her sins. Jesus did this in the Gethsemane, where we read in modern scripture, that so great was his suffering that he sweat drops of blood, and also upon the cross at Calvary. We call this event the Atonement. Because of the Atonement, each of us may return clean to our Father in Heaven if we repent, be baptized and follow Jesus' commandments. I am personally grateful for Jesus who died for me.  Show more Show less