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Hi I'm Paul

I grew up in New Zealand. I'm a husband and father. I'm a convert to The Church . . . I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a small farm near Hamilton, New Zealand, and enjoyed a childhood filled with work, play, adventure, and a little mischief. I enjoyed learning and athletics and was provided ample opportunity in both. At age eleven I lost my Mother to breast cancer. After high school I accepted an athletic scholarship to play tennis at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. I had never been to the United States before. My time at BYU changed the course of my life forever. There I discovered the fulness of the true and everlasting gospel. I was baptized. I found and married my beautiful wife. Our first child, a daughter, was born while we were at BYU. I graduated with a degree in Business Management and had the privilege of representing BYU in both tennis and rugby during my time there. After graduation I began a professional career that allowed to travel broadly within the continental United States. Our family grew with the birth of our son and my wife is currently pregnant with another boy. Recently, we moved from Utah to Arizona where we now reside.

Why I am a Mormon

During my time at BYU I came ot realize that the rumors and negativity surrounding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were plainly false. I enjoyed learned the truth about the history of the church and the true doctrinal teachings. I was impressed by the kindness and joyfulness of the people and families that I was privileged to associate with. I will forever be grateful for thier loving examples. I accepted the invitation to read the Book of Mormon and pray about the truthfulness of it. My answer was immediate, clear and unmistakable. The Book of Mormon is of God. I was also fortunate to have been given some very special and personal spiritual manifestations of the truthfulness of this latter-day work.

How I live my faith

I currently participate in the church as an advisor/coach/leader to a class (quorum) of 14-16 year old boys. It has truly been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my lifetime. As well as studying the gospel together and fulfilling various opportunities to serve in the church, we plan frequent 'high adventure' trips and activities. These excursions are designed to give the boys a broad range of physical and spiritual experiences. As well as having a GREAT time in a variety of wholesome activites, the boys also develop leadership skills, technical skills, self-reliance, self-confidence, teamwork and a range of other admirable and useful personal traits that will serve them well throughout their adult lives. The boys each take significant roles of responsibility in organizing and running the entire program . . . and they usually do a pretty good job! Our 'high adventure' program is run in partnership with the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) so boys also have the opportunity to progress toward the distinction of Eagle Scout. On a recent 'high adventute' campout we did activities including horseback riding, cave explorations, deep water retrievals, raft building/racing, hiking, wake boarding, tubing and mud rugby (my personal favorite).