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Hi I'm Paul

I grew up in Canada and when I was 19 I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I love all kinds of music, but mostly classical. I started piano at 5, saxophone at 9, and oboe at 12 and have had the opportunity to learn all the rest of the orchestral instruments while in University to become a music teacher. Currently, I am a piano technician and run a private music school. I love to see the joy that comes to people through music. I have been happily married now for 43 years. My wife and I have 7 children and 16 grandchildren which makes family gatherings lots of fun.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 19 I met two young men my same age that greatly impressed me. They knew the scriptures much better than I. As we talked about the scriptures they showed me concepts in the scriptures I had never heard in my church. After several discussions with them they asked me to be baptized. I couldn't see a reason why not, so I was baptized. Then I had an interesting experience. Before I was baptized I had tried to read the scriptures and had always had the feeling that I just didn't quite understand most of what I read. The day after I was baptized, I started to read the New Testament and was quite shocked to realize that I not only understood what I was reading, but it was as though the Bible was a new book that I had never read before. As I read, the concepts and ideas were crystal clear. It was like a huge jigsaw puzzle that with every verse I read more of the puzzle was put into place. And it wasn't a difficult puzzle anymore either. It was as though each piece was labeled and I knew exactly where everything fit. I went back in my mind to try to figure out what had happened and realized that the day before when I had been baptized, I had also had hands laid on my head by men holding the priesthood of God, and they had given me the gift of the Holy Ghost. It was the Holy Ghost that was helping me to understand and to make the scriptures clear. Ever since then I have had a desire to read the scriptures more and as I do, I continue to learn more and more.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in the church by helping others learn how to teach effectively. Because we all get to serve in various capacities I've also had the opportunity to be the leader of a congregation, be a choir director, teach teenagers (that's interesting), teach adults, be an executive secretary to a leader, serve two years as a missionary, visit members in their homes each month, and be a councilor to a bishop.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Paul
I had the opportunity to serve a mission when I was 21 but I didn't have the money available to pay my own way. As a result I was supported on my mission by a man I have never met who had a large family. Every month he sent me enough money to live modestly while I taught people about the gospel. At the beginning of my mission I received a small note from him saying that he would probably not write again because he wasn't much of a writer, but he wanted me to know that it was a privilege to support a missionary. Enclosed was a picture of his family in their living room of a very humble home. They were far from rich. His reason for supporting me - he said he needed the blessings. I will forever owe him for his generosity and faith. Show more Show less