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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a dad, a husband, a little league soccer coach, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad of three awesome kids, a husband to one beautiful wife, and work two jobs to stay a float. I enjoy running and playing golf. I enjoy coaching my kids soccer teams. These few things are what keeps the days over loaded it seems, so if something goes out the door during the week it's usually the round of golf. I think of myself as an educated person. I have a BA in Psychology and a MA in Sport/Exercise Psychology, and because of this I feel underemployed at times, but also over paid because of the wonderful family and home I am lucky to have. My family and I moved to Phoenix six years ago for me to continue school and after I finished we still find ourselves here making things work, enjoying our great friends and ward family, and just not able to make ourselves move away from Phoenix. Three years ago we bought a fixer-upper and after money and time we have come to love our home. My wife keeps me on track with what's important and keeps the family and home moving forward. My kids love to read, play sports, play board games, do puzzles, eat pizza, have Friday night movie night, and hang out with their dad.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon. I love going to church every week with my family. I love playing basketball or other sports at the local church building. The Mormon church makes me and my family stay busy, allows me to serve others, keeps me learning, and keeps me moving forward. The moral and ethical standards the Mormon church teaches assists me in being a better husband and father. It gives me ideas on how to act and what to teach my kids. I think this church demands me to have faith in Jesus Christ, to have faith in things I don't fully understand yet, it demands me to live a life of obedience, and this church gives respect to and keeps ordinances sacred. I personally feel a true and pure religion should offer these different aspects to its followers. I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with great parents who were converts to the church in their earlier lives. They taught me things about the Church and the Lord Jesus Christ that I find myself teaching my kids. These simple things that my parents taught me seem more important everyday for me now as I am older and have a family of my own. I feel the LDS church helped my parents raise a great family and I hope and expect the church will help me raise another great family. Now just because I love my family and think they are great doesn't mean I think we are or that things are perfect. I have seen and experienced personal trials, illness, and death.This is another reason I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. During these times the support I have received or seen given has been indescribably. I've sen meals give, money donated, car rides offered, prayers and special blessings provided, and non stop encouragement from the local LDS church families. During these times I have felt I presence of peace, love, and confidence that come from my faith and belief. These are a few of the reasons I am still an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I like to think I live my faith in a few ways. At church I assist our Bishop with things he needs to delegate off his plate. I help with interviews. I help make sure all responsibilities are filled at the church. I help make sure there are speakers for the Sunday service. I visit people when I am asked or when there is a need. I really enjoy this responsibility but I have also had others jobs at the church that I just loved. In the past I have taught a Sunday School class for teenagers, I have worked with a Men's group, and I have worked in a church Library. One of the greatest jobs I have had, and I have had it more than once, was to work with the missionaries who teach people the gospel. I also find it exciting and very spiritually filling to assist the missionaries in teaching someone the gospel, and then to see that person make their own decision to be baptized. I try to live my faith by being obedient to what I believe and what the Mormon church teaches. I have kids I need to be an example to, and a wife I need to respect. I have great friends, and they have learned that I don't drink alcohol and that I don't cuss. Sometimes I have to smack them to remind them when they start to talk dirty or drink to much on the golf course, but it's cool. I also live my faith by trying to teach what I believe and have faith in to my friends and more importantly my kids. I want my kids to be a better person than me, and I truly believe the principles and truths taught in the Mormon church is a great foundation for that. I want my friends to know I am a Mormon and what I believe because my belief and faith is at the core of who I am and am trying to be. And I think friends should talk religion and faith because these things can bring great respect between people.