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Hi I'm Paul

I'm an Australian Mormon.

About Me

I have a beautiful wife and 6 kids, 3 girls and 3 boys who are all sealed with me as my family for eternity. The oldest 3 left home to have their families, but the others havent found a companion yet, and 2 are still in uni so find living at home very beneficial, monetarily speaking. One day Lorraine and I might be empty nesters and we hope to travel a bit then, but for now it's handy to have someone to look after our pets, a Jack Russel, 3 cats, some fish and a budgie, when we take a break. We have 7 grandchildren and are expecting our 8th soon, so far 6 girls and one boy. I have 2 older brothers and my Mum is still alive and kicking in her 80's. I had a happy childhood, being the baby in the family I was spoilt I guess. When I was 19 I served a 2 year mission in the 70's in South Australia and the Northern Territory, and returning home renewed my relationship with Lorraine. We were sealed married for ever in the Salt Lake City temple which has been the greatest blessing in my life. I served in the army reserve for 6 years qualifying as an officer and winning the sword of honour when I graduated from OCTU. I have had an outdoor working life until the last 10 years which was just great, I loved driving around the beautiful farms and orchards where we lived. Now that my knees get sore in the winter I get to work in an office which suits me just fine.  And, yes, that is a 2metre snake I am holding.

Why I am a Mormon

 The principles and beliefs that I have learnt have provided tremendous support in raising our kids, and in my efforts to be a good husband and father,as well as trying to be a good friend and neighbour to those around me. I now have a firm testimony of the reality of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life with my family through the priesthood of God. This allows me to live my life according to the dictates of my conscience rather than following the ever declining standards of the broader community.

How I live my faith

 Every day starts with me perusing scriptures , particularily the Book of Mormon , as that book explains the principles of life more clearly than any other, although I really enjoy the Bible for it's beauty.  I also have what we call, a calling , which involves organising picnics, sports events, camps, dances, musicals etc for the members of our area as well as preparing a monthly newsletter. Previously I had the privilege of being the Bishop of our ward which was a wonderful opportunity to serve the members here.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Paul
Joy is the ultimate goal and purpose of life, and joy is obtained through serving others, and being free of guilt, or in other words obeying God. Joy will be gained when we realise that nothing is as important as assisting and loving our family, and in preparing to live as families for eternity we lean how to overcome our less desirable qualities and become more like the Saviour who is our perfect example. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Paul
 The family is not only the basic unit of society but is ordained of God and is an essential part of His plan of happiness for His children, so that one day they may live with Him again. No where else can children be protected and loved as well as within the family. Show more Show less