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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a marriage and family therapist, a husband and a dad of three. I love to laugh and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For me, families have always been important. I always wanted to be a dad. Right after I graduated high school, I remember being restless in my life, because I felt like I was just waiting until I could be a "real adult" of 35, with mortgage, wife and kids. Now that 35 is in my rear view mirror, I can say that in many ways, things have turned out like I had hoped. I have three beautiful children, and a wife who loves me. I am a very lucky man. It was my love of families that drove me into my career. I am a marriage and family therapist, and so for me, that is where it is all at. I love being able to help people repair and strengthen relationships with those who are most important. When I am working with someone, and they are able to make those real positive things happen in their lives, I get excited. I've met many people who wonder if their relationship can or ought to be saved. One of my fundamental beliefs is that the family is ordained of God. With that in mind, I tell those who wonder that if people can work together for a common goal, anything is possible, because with God, all things are possible.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born to parents who were active members of the LDS community, I'm a Mormon today because it fits who I am. I remember when I was a child, I was taken to church every week. I heard time and time again about the importance of a person receiving a witness for themselves that being LDS was what God wanted them to do. I was worried because my family was so devout, that I might not be able to live up to what they knew or what they had done. It took me many years to learn for myself, independently, that I ought to remain a Mormon. When I was about 16 years old, I knew it was time for me to do this. I read The Book of Mormon from cover to cover, and prayed to know if it was true. I waited, and did not feel much. I continued this pattern of prayer for several months until one day, I had behaved foolishly as teenagers often do. That night, I recall kneeling, and praying to ask if The Book of Mormon was true, and of I ought to be a member of the LDS church, as it had become a habit by this point. As I knelt there, I felt so empty. I was alone. This was a different feeling than I had had in the weeks prior as I prayed. I then realized two things. First, I had made mistakes, and needed to repent, so that the tender mercies of Jesus Christ could erase my sins. Second, God had been answering my prayers all along. I had missed these answers because they were subtle, just like the feelings I had when I was at church with my family. That night, I prayed for forgiveness of my many sins. I felt the redeeming love of our Savoir, who forgave me for all that I had done. With that feeling I had, I knew that I was a Mormon not just because of my parents, but because of myself, and because it was what God wanted me to do. And today, as they years have passed, being Mormon has become a defining feature of who I am. For me that was only natural, as I have felt it was what God wanted for me, all along.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is both a public and a private thing. On the pubic side, I spend quite a bit of time serving in my church. Every other month, I ask members of our congregation to speak in our weekly services. I work closely with our Primary, or the children's ministry, in our congregation, and about 6 times a month I get to make presentations to them. I also work with our Boy Scout troop and go to the mid-week activities held for them at the church. I find great joy in serving like this. In the private side, I have read from the scriptures every day for more than 20 years. I cannot recall a day in my life where I did not pray, at least once. These are habits which I have been able to keep in my marriage, as well. For the past 16 years, if my wife and I have been in the same place, we have read the scriptures and prayed together. We have also began to instill these traditions and values in our children's lives. We also have a night every week where we spend time together and play games or have lessons about religious things. I try to avoid things which I feel would not be pleasing to God. So I don't drink alcohol or coffee, and I don't use tobacco. Some people might think that I'm missing out, but I would disagree. When you do what God wants, He always blesses you, and for me, that typically means I feel peace and happiness.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Families are the basic building block of society. It is in the family that a child can first learn about important things such as being loved and accepted by others. Because of this fact, our roles and parents is of supreme importance. We are not just living our lives, but we are shaping the lives of future generations. The Mormon church teaches that families can be together, forever. What that means is that the bonds of marriage can reach beyond the grave and into the next life. It also means that the roles of Mother and Father can extend into our next life as well. When a family has made sacred covenants with each other and God, there can be great peace and comfort at the loss of someone. Show more Show less