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Hi I'm Paul!

I'm a gym rat, I'm a singing and dancing aficionado, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now I'm in school studying to become either a Physical Therapist or Occupational Physical Therapist. I'm also currently working for my family's real estate/rental business doing various tasks, such as landscaping and painting. I LOVE to play sports, especially rugby, volleyball, soccer, football, and basketball. I spend a lot of time in the gym, partly because I enjoy it, partly because it helps me in playing sports, and partly because I love to eat! I am a total mutt when it comes to my ethnicity. Through my mom, I'm German, Swiss, Polish, Czechoslovakian, Netherlander, English, American Indian, and I'm pretty sure there are two or three more that I forgot to mention. Through my dad, I'm Tongan, Fijian, Solomon Islander, and French. 

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the LDS church and I was baptized because of the great example they and my grandparents were to me. At my baptism, I can't remember everything that happened, but the one thing I vividly remember was the feelings that were there. I always have felt this goodness about the church and what it had to offer. These feelings are what keep me actively pursuing my faith.   

How I live my faith

In my current calling, I have the awesome opportunity to teach the men in our congregation in a class that is separate from the women. Teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is a wonderful experience every time. We have a really diverse group of men, and to be able to facilitate in going through lessons with them is a blessing. 

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Paul!
Mormon women are like no other. They are taught the values of virtue, charity, love, chastity, obedience, all the valiant qualities one would want out of a mother. In dating quite a few Mormon girls, I have come to find out how true that really is. Women in the church are not forced to do anything they don't want to. My mother works as a full-time job as the owner and manager of a real estate and rental management company. She has held a full-time job for as long as I can remember, and has been able to do so while raising 3 children at the same time. Although the Priesthood is limited to the men, the opinion and concern of the women is just as important. Women in the church are given the opportunity to influence and lead just as the men are by way of leadership positions, teaching positions, coordination positions, and others.  Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Paul!
In regards to the gospel, a testimony is a spiritual confirmation given by the Father via the Holy Ghost that something is true. For me, I know when I feel the Holy Ghost by feelings of comfort, divine joy, warmth, or familiarity. Through diligently asking, praying, and reading to know the truth, Heavenly Father will send us that confirmation from the Holy Ghost, and that confirmation will solidify into a firm, cemented testimony or knowledge. Show more Show less