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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a Mormon. I've been a Mormon my whole life. I'll be a Mormon for eternity.

About Me

I was born "to goodly parents" who were members of the church. I've been a member of the church since I was 8 years old. I served a full-time mission in the West Indies, and I married my wife for time and all eternity in the Denver temple. My first passion is music. I love writing music, and performing. While my forté is the guitar, I enjoy playing the piano the most. Unfortunately, being a musician is a terrible way to pay bills... ...Which brings me to my second passion: Free Software. I've been messing around with computers since I was very young. I wrote my first full blown applications in 1996. I got into using Linux in 1999, and got hooked on the idea of having the source code for my favorite applications available to me. Today I work to make Ubuntu a better alternative to Windows or OS X, and I spend much of my free time "hacking" on various projects. My third passion is cycling. I could ride my bike forever. In my community, I participate in programs that help cyclists and motorists know and understand the laws concerning bikes. It is not uncommon for people to ask me to help them fix their bikes, and am often working on a bike in my garage.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the person I *am* from living the Gospel. When I was a teenager, I was concerned that I would never be like the other young men and women in my ward. I was noticeably different from most of them, and didn't really feel like I belonged. No matter how hard I tried, I was always different. It made it very hard to see the light of the Gospel through all those feelings of not belonging. I had a good Bishop encourage me to serve a mission. He was quite bold in the way he conveyed this message to me, but it provided a spark inside of me that couldn't be put out. I began preparing for my mission, and searching the scriptures personally the way my family had searched them together. From that moment, through my mission, and now that I am sealed for time and all eternity to my wife, I have been blessed to understand that while I have had different experiences from those around me, those experiences are gifts from God and allow me to bless others' lives. The transforming power of the Gospel has made me better than I could ever be on my own. That's why I live the Gospel. I *know* what is right, and I do my best to *do* what I *know*. When I do that, the reason for being a Mormon is clear.

How I live my faith

Currently, I serve as a counsellor to the President of one of our men's organizations. In this position, I have the opportunity to get to know each and every one of the members our group, and find ways to help them become better men. Coincidentally, while I do this, I also become a better man. I am also given a list of families to visit every month. I help to make sure their needs are met physically and spiritually, and report back to my leaders. If a family needs help in their garden, my responsibility is to be their to help them. By doing serving as a steward, I have the opportunity to watch over a small part of the Savior's flock, and learn to help them the same the Savior would help them.