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Hi I'm Paula

I am the oldest of nine children in my family and grew up in Germany. I was an army brat and traveled frequently. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised an atheist due to my father's beliefs. He said I could choose when I was an adult. This I did, but it took me many years. I used the world's standards, which didn't work out very well because they are like fashion, hems are up one year and down the next. I needed something better, especially after attending ASU in 1993. We had a psychology class that detailed the debunking of a large psychology experiment nearly 20 years earlier which tested the standards of mankind. The results were indicative of the fact that people did not have compassion towards one another and showed how Nazism came about from that same lack of compassion. This knowledge of the breakdown of societies values was the key factor in helping me to realize that I needed to unite myself with something more honorable and that demonstrated that compassion that the experiment showed was missing with mankind. This was the beginning of my quest to find the guidelines I needed to live my life by.

Why I am a Mormon

After a very long journey of experimenting with many different religions and beliefs, I had a friend who was a Mormon. She wasn't real active in her church, but her dad was a Gospel Principles teacher and gave me many books and resources through my friend, that I began to research and study. It seemed like all the answers that I had been searching for were all answered in these books and gospel teachings. I was very astonished that after so many years of not finding all the answers to all my questions, that I finally had them all in one place. I had studied many religions and taken many religion classes in desperate search for the truth and for the answers that I needed. I was so excited to finally have answers, that when I was presented with a copy of the Book of Mormon, I read it straight through in a week before ever having a visit by the missionaries. I was so sure that I wanted to be a part of this religion, that I drove to the nearest LDS church I knew of and sadly only saw one car in the parking lot. I knocked on the door and told the member that I wanted to be a member of this church and she was able to help me get in contact with the missionaries. I guess you would call me a "dry mormon." The missionaries were so excited to help me accomplish my dream of being part of something that stood for the values and standards that I so desired in my own life. In 1995 I was baptized and my life has been blessed ever since.

How I live my faith

I currently don't have any callings right now due to health reasons, but I have held callings in the past and they have always brought joy to my life. The teachings of the gospel are our safeguard against the troubles of the world and the standards that it teaches are what we need to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. One of the teachings of the modern day prophets recently was that of Pres. Hinckley's to get out of debt and be prepared for rough times ahead. In order to follow the commandments of the Lord, I took all of our money and paid off our credit cards and medical bills. When I was done, there was nothing left over. However, the more I fulfilled the prophet's teachings, the more the Lord would bless me to somehow find a way to get by and have enough to eat. I also followed the counsel of building a year supply of food. I am so grateful for that counsel and it has brought amazing blessings into my life. Throughout the years afterwards, I ended up having emergency situations where I did not have money for food and the year supply that I had accumulated was enough to get me by. I have had to dip into the food storage 3 times and have been able to get on good ground and replenish it later. It is a comfort to know that I have fulfilled the Lord's request in being prepared and that He watches over me and prepares me for those rough times ahead. I am so grateful for all the blessings I have received in my life, that I have gone as far as creating a gratitude book of all the times I have been blessed since joining this church. It continues to amaze me of all the tender mercies of the Lord even in regards to things that seem so simple and small. I am sooo grateful for the person I have become since becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Just as when I was baptized and left my past life behind in the water, I feel great strength in knowing that this is a new life I have begun.