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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a father, an outdoor enthusiast, an amateur knife maker and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of four wonderful boys, a frozen food broker, an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys Scouting, an amateur custom knife maker and a Mormon. I've been blessed with a wonderful wife who deeply cares about our boys and makes our home a true joy to come home to every evening.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a family that has been part of the Mormon church for several generations there came a time when I too had to know for myself if its teaching really were true. At the age of 18 as a Senior in High School I remember driving home from a neighboring town one night. Although I had prayed my whole life, that night I really talked to God and told him about my need to KNOW if it was true before I went out to spend 2 years as a missionary telling other people about Christ's church restored again in these days as it had once been when he walked the Earth. I can still remember that peaceful assurance that I felt that night as I talked with my Father in Heaven and I knew the teachings I'd been taught my whole life were indeed true! Several time though my life since that time I've had similar experiences when God has spoken peace to my heart through his Spirit and I can say with no doubt that I KNOW that He lives, that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that Joseph Smith was God's instrument in bringing back the FULLNESS of His Gospel in these latter days. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has brought direction to my life and helps me be a better father, husband and better person all around. I have SO much further to go and have SO much to learn, but the Gospel is there to help me every step of the way!

How I live my faith

For several years I was able to work with the youth in my church and was highly involved in the Boy Scouts of America serving as a Varsity Team Coach as well as an Assistant District Commissioner. I'm currently organizing a contingent of over 100 youth and adults preparing to go to the Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico. The Scouting program is a truly inspired program and teaches our young men values that go hand-in-hand with the teachings of Jesus Christ. I love how it gives our young men an opportunity to serve and lead, characteristics that will help them be great missionaries and leaders in both the Church and the world. I do my best to live my life as an example to these young men so that they will see in me a reflection of my Savior.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

I was born and raised in northern Mexico in a small town founded in the late 1800's by Mormons who were trying to escape persecution because of their religious belief in polygamy. My great grandfather had several wives and when the prophet announced that polygamy would no longer be practiced he was stuck a dilemma; what to do with more than one wife, and subsequent family, that he had taken while living the law of polygamy. The government was jailing men who had more than one wife and so he had little option but to leave the United States and go to Mexico where he could live out his life and fulfill his duty to his wives and children. Although these men no longer took NEW wives they had to continue to care for those they already had and going to Mexico was the solution. As I listen to stories of my ancestors and others who lived polygamy I have come to understand that this was not an easy law to live, but they believed that the prophet was inspired of God when he revealed the law and they believed he was inspired when he discontinued it. Our ways are not Gods ways and we don't always understand all the reasons behind why he asks us to do things, but we CAN know that his prophet is an inspired spokesman for Him and when we come to know this, then we can more easily follow his counsel. Show more Show less