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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a Latter-Day Saint (or Mormon, if that's easier for you to identify with).

About Me

I'm an electrical engineer-in-training and I work at a power generating station near where I live. My wife and I moved with our two (now three) daughters to our current location after working nearly two years in the Canadian oil patch. We work hard at budgeting our money to get out of debt and pay cash for things we want. Being debt-free is very important to us. As a family, we visit the Rocky Mountains as often as possible. In my own time, I like to read non-fiction books and about current events. I also spend time discovering technology with my LEGO robot.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who had accepted the gospel only a few years before I arrived. They were still infants in the gospel themselves and they are still overcoming their own natural tendencies. When I was a young teenaged boy, I informed my father that I was no longer interested in participating in the Church or even the gospel. My father's reply was that I wasn't "allowed to do that". Hardly the Christ-like reply he probably should have given. In retrospect, I'm glad that I wasn't allowed to just walk away from it because I later gained my own knowledge that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth. I live the gospel today because I know it is true. I have come to know it is true by the same manner in which all people can know that it is true - by the teachings of the Holy Ghost. The teachings of the Holy Ghost are available to all but we must learn to listen to the Holy Ghost. My knowledge of the truth is an anchor for me through the storms of life. No matter what, I can rely upon my faith in Jesus Christ and my knowledge of His teachings to see me through difficult times.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Young Men's president (for boys aged 12-17) in our branch (a small church unit). We have six boys across all three quorums (age groups of the boys) and they are all quite different. Planning events that appeal to all the boys can be tricky. The area covered by the boundaries is quite large (100+ kilometers east to west) and this also has its own challenges. In October 2012, it was my privilege to assist some of our youth in preparing for a special celebration of the dedication of the Calgary Alberta Temple.