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Hi I'm Paul

I grew up in Southern California. I'm the father of 7 children in a his, hers, ours blended family and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a fairly large family, the third of six childern. It was a loving, but rowdy home as my brothers and sisters and I were high energy. My interests center around athletics and my family. I love all types of sports. Even more, I love to watch my children participate in sports. My life has not gone exactly as I had planned, but I suppose that is true of most people. My father passed away of Lew Gehrig's disease when I was 19 and I was divorced with 4 young children when I was 36. Still, it's been a good life with many challenges, but also many blessings. One of those blessing has been my new wife of three years, Barbara. She is all that I ever hoped for in a spouse and I can see the Lord's hand in bringing us together. She came to me with 2 children of her own. Together we now have 6 teenagers. It's a wild ride, but it's rewarding to see children progress, even if they make some mistakes. In addition, we added a seventh child to the family (ours) just 20 months ago. Here we thought we would be empty-nesters at age 50. Now I will be 62 when my little girl graduates from high school. This was not according to plan. Yet, once again, I can see the Lord's hand in our lives as He has blessed us with this beautiful little girl who brightens our home and has, in a way, galvanized our blended family as we all feel a part of her and that she is a part of all of us.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised LDS, but as I became an adult I needed to decide for myself if this was really the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I am still LDS because I came to that conclusion through much prayer and study. The Holy Spirit has born witness to me many times of it's truthfulness. I occassionally still have doubts creep into my thinking, but everytime that happens, the spirit reaffirms that my beliefs are indeed true. In addition to my faith developed over many years, the lifestyle of a Mormon makes me happy. I never was one who felt tempted to drink, smoke or do drugs. Nor was I inclined to look for sex outside of marriage. The reason my membership in the Mormon faith makes me happy is that it gives me a strong sense of purpose and meaning to my life. I'm not just aimlessly wondering through this mortal experience. I have a reason to exist, and that is to do all that I can to return to my Heavenly Father with my family through the grace of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be the proper example of a disciple of Christ to my children and all those I come in contact with. That includes living as pure a life as I can, rendering service to those in need and engaging in daily personal gospel study and sincere prayer. I have learned over the years that God is just waiting to guide us. We just have to open our hearts to that guidance and listen. It's not easy and I still have a long way to go to truly be living by the spiritual guidance of God in all that I do, but I am progressing. I have always had a burning belief deep down in my soul that God does exist and that he loves me. That belief has sustained me through the difficult trials of my life.