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Hi I'm Paul

I am a husband, father, lawyer, genealogist, and Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in rural Southern Idaho and love the rural environment and the good people who live there. I enjoy restoring old vehicles, particularly pickups. I have a couple that I have sold and a few still needing restoration. I played in bands and learned a variety of instruments and taught myself the piano in the meantime. I dabble with a little singing here and there too. I enjoy digging around figuratively and literally for history and like to connect time, people, and places. I enjoy doing family history for this very purpose. I find as much pleasure in exploring a lost mining camp as I do hunkered in the basement of a county library. I picked up the game of Squash when I lived in England and look forward to playing every chance I get. Unfortunately Squash courts are hard to come by in most places. After graduating college and deciding not to spend live as a civil engineer, I applied and was accepted to law school. I graduate soon and enjoy the sort of mind game with statutes, history, and how very real this affects other people. I hope to return to Idaho and practice law. Fortunately, a wonderful woman fell in love with me and married me in the Logan Temple. We are proud parents of a little girl and look forward to balancing our family with all our many interests.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because I deeply feel it in my bones. I came to know the gospel of Jesus Christ was true through a number of spiritual experiences, some very clear answers to prayer. Early on, I had no doubts about our Father in Heaven and my relationship to him. I admit, I struggled for a long time with coming to know Joseph Smith was a prophet and only gained that witness after reading the Book of Mormon. In fact, I knew Gordon B. Hinckley was a prophet of the Lord before I knew Joseph Smith was. I had some heavily anti-LDS family and I think they planted enough doubts in my mind that some serious study had to be done before the witness of the Spirit was given to me of Joseph's divine calling. Since then, I have received a testimony of each prophet of this restoration and have come to see one or two of them as my hero and role-model. I received a witness of the Spirit of the Book of Mormon on only the 10th Chapter of 1st Nephi and have had that testimony repeated often with other chapters and insights that have come through reading. The same is true of the Bible, I received my witness of that book in Nehemiah 8 when I felt the words speak to me to my heart and I wept. I had many doubts early on, but each of them resolved themselves in unseen ways at the time, but now I see them as powerful experiences that have altered my life since that point. I simply do not have space to write about them, and some of them I doubt I will ever share with another mortal. Suffice it to say, I know the restoration is true and that Jesus Christ lives and reigns.

How I live my faith

It is a fine line. I do my best to hold true to those things I know to be true. On the same page, I try to see things from others perspectives and see if I might need to reevaluate my paradigm since I clearly do not know everything. Those things I know to be true can also be stumbling blocks to learning more of the same thing. I currently serve directing the missionary work in our congregation and also work in the temple. Both have been very demanding callings, especially in law school. Add to that a new baby and a working wife, and some times I wonder why I agree to serve. In the end though, it is those little reassurances from the Spirit that give you the strength to go on. Those little miracles, and the big ones, that bless you so abundantly that you wonder how you could not serve. We are always in God's debt, so the harder I work, the more abundantly I see the blessings all around. Most importantly, the blessings are not in my life only, but those of my family and others.