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Hi I'm Paul

I'm an attorney. I love sports. I enjoy music. My kids think I'm a jungle gym. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a real estate attorney doing both litigation and transactional work. Although my occupation takes the vast majority of my time, I find the most joy and satisfaction being with my wife and kids. The best part of my day is coming home from a long day of work and hearing the kids squeal with joy as I open the door. Then, usually, I chase them around the house and hug them. That will never get old. I love to sing and play the guitar. I'm not great at either, but I love trying nonetheless. I also love sports. I easily get sucked into practically any game on TV, whether it's football, basketball, golf, or hockey--anything. I don't get to play sports as much as I want to, but when I can, I love playing tennis. I also spend a lot of time working with the 16-18 year old young men in my church. I do fun activities with them and try to teach them to make decisions that will make them happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I received personal confirmation that the Mormon Church is true. When I was 14 or 15 years old, I went on a campout with my scout troop to the mountains in Northern Arizona. I remember sitting around the campfire and listening to one of my scout leaders talk about Joseph Smith (the first Mormon prophet in the modern days). The scout leader challenged my troop to find time during the campout to be by ourselves and pray to God and ask whether Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I already believed everything in the Mormon Church because I was born in a strong Mormon family and had gone to the Mormon Church my whole life. But, up to that point, I never actually prayed, by myself, and asked God if everything I had been taught was true. The next day, in the early evening as the sun was about to go down, I went off a little ways by myself into a little cluster of trees. I said a sincere prayer and asked God if this was right. I remember the immediate feeling I felt; the Holy Ghost whispered to my heart that the Mormon Church was the true church, that Joseph Smith was a real prophet, and that the Book of Mormon was true. I'm also a Mormon because it makes me happy. I've known from a young age that the way to be happiest is to follow the principles and teachings found in the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the words of current prophets. When I do that, I am happy. When I make mistakes and lose site of those principles and teachings, I'm not as happy. It is literally that simple.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the 16-18 year old young men in my church. We usually meet at least twice a week--Sundays and Wednesdays. When we meet, we do fun activities and have spiritual lessons. For activities, we've done simple things like play softball and basketball or learn about an occupation; we've also done more adventerous activities like water-skiing at Lake Powell or caving. For spiritual lessons, we meet every Sunday for about an hour and learn the gospel of Jesus Christ and how to avoid Satan's evil influence. Nowadays, the high school generation is faced with broad and complex challenges that have never been so prevalent--pornography, lying, stealing, cheating, etc. I try to teach my 16-18 year old youth the importance of following the principles taught by Jesus Christ. I try to spend some time every day reading from the Book of Mormon, the Bible, or the discourses given by current prophets and apostles. At least twice a day, I try to say a prayer thanking God for everything he has given me. Because I am trying to teach my children, my wife and I try to read from the Book of Mormon with our kids every morning. We also try to have prayers every morning and every night together. It has been fun to watch them learn about the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ. I also try to live my faith by just being a happy and good guy. In the end, that is probably the most important way I have found to live my faith. It really makes a difference to just have a good attitude and be happy.