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Hi I'm Paul

I grew up Lutheran. I married a Brooklyn, Italian, Catholic girl. I'm a Mormon and so is she!

About Me

I am following my career-long interest in the financial side of the mining industry, now working with some of the smartest geologists I have ever met. My career in the mining business has enabled me to visit many interesting places in this world including some of the most remote, and I still enjoy the occasional business trip outside the country. As a husband of 33 years and with my two youngest sons still at home, I fill my time off work with family activities, and with road cycling and cooking hobbies. I have recently come through major surgery and attribute some of my strong recovery to the health code revealed to our church in the 1830's. I also enjoy a variety of sports (and trying to stay fit myself), classical music, good mysteries, plays and concerts, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Years ago, two young lady missionaries knocked on our door as my wife and I were looking for a church in a new city as relatively new parents of a beautiful young daughter. My wife grew up Roman Catholic and I grew up Lutheran, but we had not been active in our faiths since before our marriage. In the new city, we visited various churches and had just visited a Presbyterian church that appealed to us. My wife initially met with the missionaries, felt something special and invited me to join the discussions. I did so to support her, but really felt more comfortable with the Presbyterian church, and decided to join that church. For almost a year, my wife and I attended separate churches and traded our daughter back and forth each week to attend our respective services. However, through my wife's activity, I maintained regular contact with the LDS church, used my cooking skills for the congregation and was even asked to coach the young men's basketball team (which I accepted happily, given my interest in sports). I had many spiritual experiences that year, which I always viewed in isolation, until one Sunday when I was getting our nearly 2-year old daughter ready to attend church with her mother. She asked me whether I was coming to "Mommy's church" that day, and the question pierced me deeply. I realized that church was splitting our family apart instead of bringing it together as it had when I was growing up. I was very troubled by that thought, and while my wife and daughter were at church that afternoon, I had probably the first prayer of my life with "a sincere heart and real intent". My immediate answer from Heavenly Father was to make a list of the many spiritual experiences I had had since the arrival of the missionaries. I quickly listed 13 experiences and more came to mind. As I pondered that list and experience, I quickly realized that the answer to my prayer was to join the LDS church. I was baptized shortly thereafter, 24 years ago.

How I live my faith

Our Savior Jesus Christ taught us that the way to follow him is to love and serve those around us; this is the essence of being a true Christian. I currently work with record-keeping for about 3,800 church members in a major metropolitan area. My work with the records helps our lay leaders minister to church members, but I also teach other leaders in individual church congregations to manage the record keeping in their individual congregations. My youngest son and I regularly visit four families in our congregation to watch over them and to identify any needs with which the church could assist. I also work with Boy Scouts to help them earn merit badges in bicycling, cooking and some of my other interests. I try to show my family a good example of following Christ's teachings but I'm far from perfect, and am fortunate to have a great partner in my wife to help pass along important Christian values to our children.