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Hi I'm Paul

I read the Bible. A friend introduced me to LDS Missionaries. I read and prayed about the Book of Mormon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 4 boys, 2 girls, 9 grandsons, and 1 grand daughter. My first wife died in 1992 and I remarried. I have been blessed by these wonderful ladies. I am a retired materials engineer. Things have to make sense to me. I've served as a Bishop twice, and in most other ward callings, often more than once. I am an ordinance worker in the temple. I've submitted about 3,000 names for temple ordinances. I've been in scouting for years. My fondest scout award is receiving the mentor pin at an eagle ceremony. It is given by the new eagle scout to someone who helped them and is an award of appreciation for someone meaningful to them. My native family are still Roman Catholics. I was RC and went to church through my college days in the 60's. I love my family.

Why I am a Mormon

A member introduced me to the Church immediately following a year in which I read the entire Douay Bible. I read the Book of Mormon in about 2 weeks. It captivated me, and answered many of my questions. I felt the same spiritual light reading the Book of Mormon that I had come to recognize as I read the Bible. After attending church a few times, I felt that what I was being taught was true, but I needed to know if this was where the Lord wanted me to be. So, I knelt down one Sunday evening and asked if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. I did not get an answer, which was odd. I often got clear answers to questions. I considered what I was doing and what I had felt, and knew that God would give me an answer. I knelt again and said, "Heavenly Father, if this is thy church; and it is where you want me to be; and you make it known to me in a way that I can understand, then I will lead my life by the things that are written in the Book of Mormon!" Equally present but unexpressed was the commitment that if I did not get an answer then I would continue looking. Then the Lord spoke to me and said, "Yes, this is my work. This is where I would have you to be." I thanked Him and never looked back. In the past 40 years, I have kept my eyes open to anything ungodly about the Church. I have found nothing except the foibles common to man. The Church is what it represents itself to be. I have personally felt and experienced the power of God in my ministry. I have participated with the Lord to preach the restored gospel; heal the sick; cast out devils; serve His children; etc. I have exercised priesthood power! My name is Paul. I am a Mormon because the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true!

How I live my faith

I have given many many hours of service to others. Through that service, I have learned to love others. I believe that the basic daily requirements for maintaining spiritual health are like a three pronged (American) electric plug. The 2 power prongs are scripture reading and prayer. They power my personal light. The safety prong is service to others. No matter how small, it will preserve me from error. Therefore, I very very rarely miss doing these 3 things every day. I believe that God wants me to attend sacrament meeting. In 40 years, I have missed sacrament meeting only 5 times, and each of those involved an issue of life or death. I need the sacrament, and the sacred time to ponder and feel God's love every week. I have a responsible calling in the temple and serve there every week. I feel deep joy while helping others take their family members through the saving ordinances. I encourage everyone to go often. I now serve as a Ward Mission Leader and am learning how to share the gospel. The important messages are: "I love you."; and "I want you to have the same joy I feel."; "Will you come and see?" The gospel has gotten much simpler to understand as I have matured. I now know that God sent us here to gain a personal knowledge of good and evil. Sin was inevitable. The world environment guarantees that we will sin. Thus we gain a knowledge of evil by becoming evil. So don't get stuck on the fact that you have sinned. We have all sinned! But this allows us to forgive everyone regardless of what they have done! Big sin or small sin, is still sin. And we can forgive ourselves regardless of anything we have done. We can overcome the effects of sin through the atonement of Jesus Christ. We are to choose the good; accept Jesus Christ as our Savior; repent; be baptized; and leave sin and evil in our wake as we cruise through the rest of our life growing in righteousness. To receive eternal life, we must become the children of Christ.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Paul
We are saved by grace, following Jesus' example. John the Baptist bore testimony as a witness of Jesus' progression in D&C 93:11-17 "And I, John, bear record that I beheld his glory, as the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, even the Spirit of truth, which came and dwelt in the flesh, and dwelt among us. And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace; And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness; And thus he was called the Son of God, because he received not of the fulness at the first. And I, John, bear record, and lo, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove, and sat upon him, and there came a voice out of heaven saying: This is my beloved Son. And I, John, bear record that he received a fulness of the glory of the Father; And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him." Grace for grace describes a powerful process. When the missionaries ask me to hear their preaching, I give my grace by allowing it. Then God gives me grace and I start to understand. They ask me to be baptized and I give my grace by accepting that invitation. Then God gives me grace by bestowing the Holy Ghost on me so I can further grow and serve in the kingdom of God on earth. This is also grace to grace, or growth line upon line. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Paul
In order to receive eternal life, men must have a personal knowledge of good and evil. We gain a knowledge of evil by sin and disobedience. We gain a knowledge of good through the redemption of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only name by which man can be saved because the Father set it up that way. Jesus created all things and thus all things have His light in them. He organized them and they are blessed by that organization. Jesus is the best friend of everything He has created. And, Jesus was perfectly obedient. In the atonement, Jesus suffered a horrific beating. He did not deserve such a beating. When Father withdrew His spirit, Jesus suffered the same consequence as Lucifer and his rebellious followers. Jesus was essentially cast out of the presence of His Father, just like Lucifer. At that moment, "all the creations of God mourned; and the earth groaned;" (Moses 7:56). It was as if all of Jesus' creations cried out, "No Father! Not Him! O Father have mercy on Jesus!" And thus the atonement inculcated compassion for Jesus Christ in all of Jesus' creations. We become Jesus' sons and daughters by being humble before God; repenting of all our sins; taking His name upon us; and enduring to the end. See D&C 20:37. In our day of judgement, Jesus will claim us as His children, having His name, and ask all accusers to withdraw their accusations for His sake so His children can be with Him. And they will. No accuser? Case dismissed. We go with Him! Show more Show less