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Hi I'm Paul

I grew up in Oklahoma and now live in Montana with my wife and two children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to spend time in the outdoors with my family. Last year my son and I hiked 76 miles through the Bob Marshall Wilderness. It was great to have that time with him. Two weeks ago I took my son and daughter backpacking into the Mission Mountains. They both caught several trout. My daughter is now a little more interested in backpacking and fishing. My wife and I went out last weekend on a date - dinner and a walk around town. Each summer we pull out the raft and float the rivers. Winter brings a whole new set of activities - skiing with the kids, shoveling the driveway, bonfires and snow caves.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormons, as are my brother and sisters. I grew up in the LDS (Mormon) church and have remained active. Growing up in Oklahoma allowed me to meet people from many backgrounds and religions. Most of my friends were faithful in their various faiths. We were all respectful of the choices we had made to follow the Savior in our own way. I served a full-time mission to northern Brazil and count that time as a great blessing in my life. My testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ has grown little by little over many years. I find great happiness in living the gospel and striving to follow the Savior. I have had many adventures throughout my life, and I believe following the Savior has been my greatest adventure.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the young men and Boy Scouts. This involves teaching gospel lessons on Sunday and helping with various activities on a weeknight. The activities typically focus on service in the community, social events that allow the youth to build friendships and camaraderie, and spiritual activities such as devotionals and gospel-centered lessons. Some of the service activities have included community food drives, clothing drives, collecting various items for the local homeless shelter, rebuilding a riverbank after extensive flooding, painting fire hydrants and roofing a widow's home. The youth are excited to serve in the community, and I count myself blessed to serve with them.