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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a dad of four kids with a fifth on the way. I love to explore nature, read, and program for the iPhone. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a software engineer working for a small company that monitors the health of airplane engines. I love the challenges, creativity, and organization that I find in software development. In grad school, I studied machine learning, which is programming computers to learn to improve over time in specific tasks. This was a fascinating field that helped me realize what a joy it is to stretch our thinking, discipline our minds, and investigate the amazing world that God has given us for our enjoyment. My wife is my best friend and motivates me to become a better person through her selflessness and love for others. My children are such a delight. I love to wrestle with them, squirt them with water guns, play on the playground together, and hear what they're learning.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up the church, I attended seminary during my high school years, where I was taught about the Bible and Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is translation of an ancient volume of scriptures written by prophets, like Moses and Noah, but who lived in the Americas. I learned of a scripture and a promise given by the last prophet of the book to all those who study it with a "sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ." Those who prayed to God seeking to know the truth of the book would discover for themselves that it was true by the power of the Holy Ghost. I realized that more than anything else I wanted to learn, I wanted to definitively know if God lived, knew and cared for me, and if the Book of Mormon contained his words. I tested the promise through heartfelt prayer and deeply felt that the book was true and that my Heavenly Father loved me enough to teach me the truth of the book's message. I felt a warmth and peace that I had never felt previously. Over the years, as I've tried to strengthen my commitment to the Savior and better understand what he has asked of us, I'm realizing there is greater joy in life in doing what he wants me to do than in focusing on my self (which is my natural tendency). Through my sincere efforts, I continue to feel assurances from the Holy Ghost that following the Savior's example of reaching out to others in need is the only way to lasting happiness. The Mormon teachings are intuitive and have brought greater peace in my life and to my family. My home is a haven where I can find rest from the hectic doings of every day life. I believe it's because, despite our imperfect ways, we are striving to do the things the Savior has promised that can bring peace to us.

How I live my faith

I work with the teenage boys at my church. We have weekly activities to help them develop important life and outdoor skills. They love adventure and we do activities that are both intellectually and physically challenging. We try to help them deepen their commitment to live a clean life and serve God through small, consistent acts of faith. We meet together on Sundays for doctrinal lessons and engage in goal-setting discussions. We discuss ideas on how we might befriend other young men. The youth in the church have amazing standards; they avoid drinking, drugs, and reckless partying. They treat women with respect and are eager to learn. It's a pleasure to work with them and be involved in their growth.