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Hi I'm Paul

I love being with my family, working hard, enjoying life, & being a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father, who enjoys spending time with my family. In the minute remainder of my time I enjoy cycling, photography, and being outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that God is our loving father who wants us to have joy. He has provided that joy through His plan for our salvation, and part of that plan is His church. The Holy Spirit has touched my soul and revealed to me that this is His church and in his Church Jesus Christ has authorized His servants to teach His gospel, and perform His ordinances for all of Gods children. Being a Mormon provides me opportunities to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ taught in it's restorative truth. Being a Mormon enables me to act on what I learn by serving in the church, ministering to its members, and share/teach the gospel to those not members. Having a knowledge of, and continuing to learn the eternal doctrines of God's plan brings perspective and peace to my life. I recognize that life isn't easy, nor is it meant to be. That the challenges and trials that we go through are for our eternal good, and at times, for our near-term benefit. I also believe that God is a loving parent and wants to give us the best He has. God has blessed with wonderful family relationships and opportunities to learn and grow in this life. Through scriptures, and prophets past and present, God provides many avenues for us to learn of Him and His ways. I love to read the the Holy Bible. I love to read the words of Christ. Additionally, I love the Book of Mormon and it's confirming spirit of Jesus Christ and His teachings. I know God loves me personally. He wants ME to have joy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trusting that as I make decisions in my life with the help and guidance of God, that I will be supported and strengthened to accomplish and grow. I also recognize that I am weak, and often need to change my behavior to be more in-line with the teachings of Jesus Christ. I am always in need of His Mercy and Grace. In the church I work with the older teenage boys in the capacity of a Boy Scouts Venturing Advisor. I love spending time with the amazing young men. I enjoy and respect the Scouting program. Sharing the gospel and my testimony with others always brings me great joy. Testifiying of the Savior and his Gospel is an uplifting experience every time. I have also served as a, a sunday school teacher to teenagers as well as children. Additionally I am assigned families to watch over and serve, and I enjoy going to visit in their homes, sharing Christ's teachings with them, serving and loving them. In this capacity I learn how to a minister of Christ and emulate his attributes in hopes of growing my own capacity of faith, hope and charity. Most importantly I live my faith at home. With my beautiful wife we teach our children the principles of the gospel, love of the Lord, and the joy of keeping the commandments.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a member of the Mormon Church is not a small thing, it's a full lifestyle. It's not just attending a Service occasionally. Dedication towards the Mormon Church is a reflection of our faith in Jesus Christ. It's a significant time committement. Between attending church services, meetings, activities, and supporting childrens activites, it feels like we are always doing something church related. It's a lifestyle that brings with it growth, joy, service, and love. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward or branch is a local congregation, only distinguished by size: a ward is larger than a branch. Each ward or branch is organized geographically, in that, members who live by each other attend church together, serve and watch out for each other. A stake is a collection of nearby wards and branches. A ward or branch often becomes your core group of friends from which we develop life-long relationships. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

When visiting someones home, Mormon missionaries primarily share the teachings of Jesus Christ and God's plan for us. They explain what the Book of Mormon is and where it came from. They talk about Joseph Smith and the role he plays. The great thing about the missionaries message is that they never try to convince someone of the truth of the message they share. However, they do invite people to find out for themselves the truth of their message. It's a test-drive, of sorts - take the the things that they teach out for a spin. Find out for ones self, by engaging God in prayer and learn directly from Him if their message is true. Missionaries love to answer questions, share their own experiences, and bare testimony. Missionaries do not like to engage in confrontational discussions. Their message about God's plan for us is one that reflects the love that God has for all His children. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Knowing that God is our Eternal FATHER, my experience as a Father has taught me more about God than almost anything else. As I love, teach, and discipline my children, I can hear my words to my children echoed back to me from heaven. I find myself saying things like... "I want to give you so much, but can't unless you're obedient to me." and "No matter what you do, I will always love you." I have come to somewhat of an understanding of how our Father in Heaven feels towards us, because of how I feel about my children. Show more Show less