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Hi I'm Paul

I grew up in the Great Northwest. I have five daughters. I'm a dentist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My five daughters are grown up now and I spend my free time spoiling my thirteen grandchildren. I enjoy reading and writing both non fiction and fiction. I love learning new things. I have dabbled in music, wood carving, painting (both oil and water color) and poetry. I appreciate both the art and science in each of these endeavors. I spend most of my days in professional pursuits having graduated as a Doctor. Part of my professional life takes me to Olympia where I serve with other professionals and public members on a state commission. I've been married thirty eight years to my high school sweetheart, the love of my life. I believe no child should go to bed hungry and I believe, with God's help, we can have peace in this world.

Why I am a Mormon

In the fall, following my senior year in high school my best friend drowned in a senseless acdent. The funeral of my un baptized friend in the local commumity church was dark and dismal. It was all about loss and hopelessness. I couldn't bring myself to attend the graveside service. At the death of my grandmother I had been married for less than a year. I attended this funeral with my wife. It was conducted by my Mormon cousin. This was so different. We rejoiced in her life and her future. Her reunion with her family in heaven and the joy she now felt. It was full of light and hope and I lost my fear of death. Two things happened as a result. I was able to go to the grave of my best friend and tell him that I would see him some day. I also said yes when my cousin asked me if I would like to know more about this life and the next. Two fine young men came to my door at my cousins request. We talked about God, life and death. We talked.about the future and the past. It all made sense and comforted me. My recognized the truth immediately but I was a junior.in college with all of the vanity and self assuredness that implies. It all made sense but of course, to me, it was a nice theory. Finally they said, "Paul, we've taught you all that you need to be a member of the church but its now up to you to determine if it's true." I thought to myself that there is no way to prove a belief based on faith. "How?" I asked. This time I was afraid of the answer for my pride was gone and I knew what they would say. "It's simple. It's time for you to pray. Our next visit will be our last one. It's now up to you. I was afraid. What if I asked God if this message.was true and I heard nothing? Would that mean it was false or that I wasn't worthy to get.an answer. Imagine being rejected by God. At least I mustered up the courage and sitting in our laundry room asked if it were true. The room filled with light and I knew it was true and what I must do.

How I live my faith

In the last thirty eight years I have had the pleasure of teaching Sunday school, being a scout master and youth leader as well as serving in several administrative positions. I have been a pastor and minister to many individuals and families but greatest joy has been the time I spent with my family helping them to understand what I had learned. Today I work with families in searching for their ancestors in genealogy an