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Hi I'm Paul

I grew up in a small town in Wyoming. I'm a husband and father of four. I love being in the mountains. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really enjoy being outdoors and being active doing things like hiking, bike riding and camping. I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places and trying new foods and things. I especially like traveling when I can be with my favorite explorer, my wife. I'm a father of four great kids and I like to spend time with them especially when I can do things with each of them individually. I like reading fiction and enjoy many time periods and genres of books although contemporary adventure and mystery novels are my favorite. I also love to read the scriptures and learn more about the gospel. I like shooting sports and enjoy teaching my kids how to shoot. Another hobby I enjoy is genealogy. I like learning about my ancestors, their lives and trying to find out a little about what kind of people they were. I like the searching for small pieces of information that eventually become a picture of where an ancestor came from, what they did for a living and what kind of family they were part of. I work in law enforcement. I enjoy my job and the dedicated people I work with. I think I enjoy it most because I use my talents to solve problems and "mysteries". It is challenging and rewarding work. I also teach various topics in my work, church and other venues and enjoy sharing my knowledge with others whenever I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because a brave, young woman who cared about me asked me to go to church with her. I had been to many different churches while growing up and as a young adult. I knew a little about the LDS church before I attended with this young woman but I didn't know exactly what to expect. I remember clearly thinking that the people were so warm and welcoming. They really seemed to want to know me and to know who I was and they wanted me to feel comfortable. I had also noticed that the young woman who had invited me had a very close relationship with her family. It was the kind of relationship I wanted to have when I was married and had children. What really amazed me was that day, when I went to the LDS church for the first time, I was taught the Plan of Salvation in Sunday School. It seemed like the lesson had been planned just for me. It answered all of the questions, very specifically, that I had been searching for. No, I didn't see any angels, or hear a voice from Heaven, or have any "signs" shown to me. What I did experience was quiet, subtle confirmation that what I was hearing was true. It was like hearing a fact that you knew once but had forgotten. When I heard the Plan of Salvation, I recognized it as though I had learned it long ago and recognized it as something I knew to be the truth. What I know now is that I had, in fact, learned the plan long ago and I chose to follow that plan to come to earth, receive a physical body and gain earthly experience so I can return to live with my Heavenly Father. A few years later, I took that young woman to the Temple and we were married for all eternity.

How I live my faith

I have been called to serve in a variety of positions in the Church since I became a member. They have all been rewarding but the ones I have loved the most have been teaching others. Currently, I serve as one of the leaders over the Sunday School. I help to oversee the classes and make sure the teachers have the resources that they need. As part of that position, I teach a class called Temple Preparation. The class is several weeks long and helps members prepare to attend the Temple for the first time. In the class the members have an opporunity to learn about the Temple and ask questions so they can be better prepared to understand the ordinances and blessings they will receive there. I truely love teaching this class and as in most teaching positions, I think I learn more than the students in the class. I am also a member of the Scout committee. The Boy Scouts of America is an integral part of the youth program for young men in the Church. I enjoy being on the committee, helping boys become young men and learn skills that they will use throughout their lives. I like to share my faith with others when given the opportunity and am always happy to answer questions when others ask. In the future, I plan to serve a mission with my wife. Although we would love to travel to another country to do so, we will gladly go wherever the Lord needs us.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Paul
Working in public safety, I have seen large scale disasters and tragedies that involve only one person. When we are prepared for emergencies, we become more self-reliant. When we are self-reliant we gain independence and self respect. The process of preparing for emergencies and becoming self-reliant helps us to be industrious, learn new skills, and be thrifty with our resources. Having food and other supplies stored as well as modest savings allows us to be prepared for events such as injury or loss of a job as well as larger scale emergencies such as a natural disaster. When we are self-reliant, we also have the ability to serve and help neighbors and others that are in need. In our home we have used our food and supply storage to get through difficult times when money was short or there was some expenses that we were not prepared for. It has been a great blessing and has allowed us to make it through those difficult times without the need of assistance from others. My family and I have seen the wisdom of the principle of self-reliance in our own lives and how being prepared can bring a feeling of peace and security that is sometimes hard to find in today's world. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Paul
This is an essential part of the Plan of Salvation. Heavenly father ordained the family as the central unit of human existence. We have the ability to be joined together forever as husbands and wives and as families through the power and blessings found in the Temple. Within the temple, a man and woman and their children can be sealed for time and all eternity by the authority of the Priesthood. Although this wonderful ordinance allows us to be together forever, it does not guarantee it. Each member of the family must acheive and maintain through repentance the worthiness to receive the blessings of eternal family relationships. This is one of the many reasons I became a Mormon. I do not want to be separated from my wife or children by death. I want to remain with them throughout eternity and return to live in the presence of my Creator. All of this is possible through the blessings of the Atonement and the Temple. Show more Show less