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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a husband, father, attorney, musician and sports fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a trust and estates attorney with a bank in Michigan, where I was born and raised. Outside of the office, I like to run and bike - especially with my wife and children, golf, play basketball, follow college sports, read history, and play several musical instruments.  I have played in several alternative rock and jazz bands.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith is rooted in the example and collective sacrifice of past generations. My grandfather was a professional jazz musician who decided raising a family was more important than touring the country. My grandparents made faith a priority in their family, but it wasn't until nearly a decade later that LDS missionaries knocked on their door. My mother was 12 when they joined the Church. My mother's family became modern "pioneers" by devoting their time and talents to the growth of what was then a small congregation. Several years later, my father visited Michigan after serving a mission in South America. That's how my parents first met. My father comes from a line of European immigrants who joined the Mormon migration from the Ohio Valley to the Rocky Mountains in the mid-1800's. To these individuals, their faith in the restored gospel meant everything. I often reflect on the examples of these family members because I owe my very existence to the decisions and sacrifices they made because of their beliefs. Of course, I'm not a Mormon simply because of family tradition. I'm a Mormon because the truth of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ resonates with my heart and mind. It appeals to me intellectually and spiritually. I've found peace and purpose in its teachings. It motivates me to become a better person.

How I live my faith

Many people associate Mormons with outward expressions of our faith. We try to maintain a clean and healthy lifestyle. But what is more important is the inner commitment behind those practices. I try to live my faith by quietly following gospel principles. I'm far from perfect, but I'm always trying. My wife and I try to raise our four children to be well-educated, respectful and responsible individuals who want to follow the example of the Savior.