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Hi I'm Paul Cryder.

I am a teacher. I live in Arizona. I have ten children and a wonderful wife. I love my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have to start out by saying that I could not ask for a better life. I have often wondered how different choices could have taken me down different paths through life and I tell all of you now that my life is how it should be. I grew up in Riverside, CA. I have wonderful parents and 9 siblings that I am proud to know. I am an Eagle Scout. I was student body president. I was captain of the Cross Country and Swimming Teams. I maintained a 3.67 average. After high school, I went on a mission to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I loved it. I think about the people I left behind there all the time. I grew so much that I feel that Honduras has become a second identity to me. Que Vivan los Catrachos! After I returned home, and after a few years of searching, I found the love of my life. My wife and I got married in the Los Angeles Temple. We lived in CA for a few years and then moved to Arizona to be closer to my wife's family. I now have ten children of my own. We have done foster care for the last 8 years and have adopted 6 children. I am currently a teacher. I have taught all grades from K-12 through the years. I currently teach junior high students and I really love it. I love my life. I feel a joy that few in this world will ever know.

Why I am a Mormon

My father is a convert to the church; my mother was born into the church. When my father was ten years old, a couple of sister missionaries found my father's family. My grandmother, my father and his siblings all received several lessons from those two young sisters and were asked to be baptized. My grandmother was concerned that my grandfather would prohibit them from joining because he had not participated in the lessons as the rest of the family had. The sister missionaries sat my grandfather down and asked them if he would be opposed to his family becoming members. He simply said, "I think that we should all be baptized." To the astonishment of all, my grandfather had been converted to the gospel as well. When asked why he had not participated in the lessons, he responded that he didn't want anyone to say that he was convinced by two pretty young girls to join the church. He wanted to join because he knew it to be true. My conversion story was not so dramatic as my grandfather's. I have been a member all my life. Throughout my life my testimony has grown as it should, line upon line, precept upon precept. If ever I need to know if Christ lives, or if the scriptures contain his words, I search inward. I can feel the Holy Ghost whispering gently to my soul. He is truly a constant companion when I am true to the covenants and commandments of our Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because I can feel the presence of a loving Heavenly Father around me. I feel it each time I look into my wife's loving eyes. I feel it when my children smile at me. I feel it whenever I give a lesson to my students that I think will make them better. I know that the path that I have chosen has led to the great happiness that I have now. What else is there? If it were not true, if this were not the path that I should have taken, then why am I so happy?

How I live my faith

I have dedicated my life to children. At the ripe old age of 12, my mother asked if I would come and help her on my summer vacation to prepare for the next school year. She was a clerk in a school office at the time. From that very early age, I felt that my life would be in education. As the years have passed, I have worked as a high school coach, an aid in a classroom, a health assistant, an attendance investigator and finally a teacher. In each of these jobs, I have attempted to infuse truth into the youth that I have worked with. Anyone that knows me, knows that I live my life as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I see the seeds of eternity in each of the young people I teach and hope that I can inspire them to reach out and grasp that knowledge for themselves. I do not openly preach my beliefs to them, but rather hope that they, through introspection, will want to seek it out for themselves. I teach them to love this great country and respect those around them. They may not agree with the actions of others, but they can admire and appreciate what they have to give. I teach them to honor the sacrifice of those that have come before them and know that all that we have comes from the toil and hard work of others. I live my faith and its precepts so that others can know the happiness that I have been given and have it for themselves.