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Hi I'm Paul

I'm an Army brat, a college student, a soldier in the Army National Guard, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I would probably be classified as one of those "jack of all trades and master of none" types. I love a bit of everything: music, art/photography, drama, sports (basketball), writing, hiking, running (Ragnar Relay!), bicycling, and camping. I like cooking and baking, especially Japanese food, and different varieties of desserts. I have a passion for reading (Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, C.S. Lewis, Artemis Fowl, the Lost Years of Merlin, Isaac Asimov, war stories, the list goes on and on. . .), and hope to be a published author someday. I'm currently pursuing a degree in Behavioral Science, in hopes of someday becoming a chaplain for the US Army. I took a year away from full-time school to work as an Honor Guard member for military funeral rites. I learned a lot during that time, and had many opportunities to ponder on life and death as I served each of the veterans' families.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both Mormons, so I was raised in the church. While growing up, I did rely a lot on the beliefs of my parents, and what I was taught at Sunday school. When I was in high school however, amidst a variety of personal struggles, failures, and shortcomings, I came to feel strongly that what I had been taught my whole life was true. Jesus Christ is at the core of everything I have been taught. Through His Atonement, I can be healed and comforted, and escape the temptations and dangers that fill this world. Christ not only suffered for my every sin, but also for my pains, sorrows, insecurities and fears. When I don't have the strength to cary the weight of everything that falls on my shoulders, He is there ready to support me. I have continued on in the church with my own testimony, one gained through years of prayer, scripture study, and pondering over what I have been taught. My efforts haven't been perfect - sometimes I can't seem to find the time to read the word or pray as deeply as I would like. Yet my testimony, and the warmth I feel in my heart when the Prophet and Apostles speak and teach of Christ have kept me in this faith. I may not know all the answers, or be able to respond to the criticism members of this church sometimes face, but I know that my redeemer lives. I have felt His hand in my life, and know that he leads the church even today through living prophets and apostles.

How I live my faith

At church, I've served in a few different callings. A few years ago, I was a part-time service missionary assigned to help individuals in a youth Special Needs programs. While I was only asked to serve once a week, I learned a lot about charity from the youth I helped and interacted with. Later, I was called to serve as a full-time proselyting missionary in Hiroshima, Japan. I left for the mission with my own personal testimony of Jesus Christ, and the healing, comforting, and strengthening power of His atonement. I gained a love of the Japanese people, and was blessed to meet dear friends that I will never forget. I currently serve as an instructor for Sunday school. I am frequently given the opportunity to study and teach gospel topics, and bear testimony of my savior Jesus Christ.