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Hi I'm Paul Powell

I'm from Arizonan. I speak Latvian and Russian. I'm a fiddler. I am a Chemist. Also I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Paul. I'm attending college and loving life. I play tennis, racquetball and basketball with my friends, I'm not really good at any of them...well I'm kinda good at tennis, emphasis on the kinda. I'm a musician, I play violin and I love to sing tenor in church and school choirs. I'm studying chemistry and I've nearly finished my undergraduate degree in general chemistry and will apply to graduate programs soon. I learned Latvian language while I was a Mormon missionary in Latvia and I've been studying Russian since I returned home from that mission in 2011.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon all my life, but there have been many times when I need to answer for myself the question why? There are even times when I can come up with this idea of how the church might be a man made, as though it were a "make you feel good" business. But then I remember what Christ said in the bible, "by their fruits ye shall know them." When I have doubts I think of what the church has brought to my and others' lives. The teachings and doctrines of the church change me so that I can truly see holiness. My family, parents who have been faithfully together for 27 years, my sister and 5 brothers who love each other and love to come together and help one another and know about each others' lives. that is sacred to me. I wouldn't know what sacredness is w/o Christ and his church in my life to teach me. Sure, I'd still love my family, but it wouldn't be with that sacred understanding and joyful knowledge that we will always be a family even after this life. There is such a great hope in the plan Christ has shown us: families are eternal; all will be resurrected with perfect bodies; sins can all be swallowed up in the atonement of Christ; prayers connect us immediately, directly and personally to out father in heaven; miracles are and continue to flood the earth, including healing, tongues, and revelations; prophets walk the earth today and speak the continually flowing words of our Savior! There are times when I'm so overwhelmed with the joy and power of the teachings of Christ that I cannot help but kneel down and pray to god, giving him nothing but thanks for his blessings and guidance. I know everything good comes from him, I know the scriptures are god's words and I know Christ will come again and I will see him and speak with him face to face, accounting for my life. I am doing all I can to prepare for that day.

How I live my faith

So how do I live my faith? a one word answer: actively. I try to show my faith in everything I do. I try to emulate Christ, I'll never get there fully in this life, but I can sure give it a good shot.