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Hi I'm Paul Waddington

I experience life through adventure, relationships, and knowing myself more truly. I play, study and work hard. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student in my mid twenties. I served a two year church mission throughout all of the New England states. I'll brag about my home state of Washington as long as anyone will listen! You will find that I enjoy risks...like climbing things that aren't supposed to be climbed. Often I beg friends to play just one more game of ultimate frisbee with me and I'll wrestle until I can't breath ( which can take awhile). I run for fun, as weird as that may sound, and enjoy reading while in nature (Two loves). My four older sisters and younger brother are my best friends, I don't care how cheesy that sounds. I can eat a tub of mint chocolate ice cream by myself without even thinking or stopping for air. I love watching movies especially with a group...but you better not talk during the movie.

Why I am a Mormon

My Father was a young Catholic until missionaries knocked on his door and he felt the truth of what they taught. He chose to be baptized and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He and my mother raised me with teachings from Jesus Christ that came fairly naturally to me. When I was almost 15 I was working with my younger brother Chad on my grandparents farm. I had been reading the Book of Mormon without telling anyone because despite my family telling me it was true I wanted something more substantial for myself to be able to know it. It was a warm summer night in the small room piled with old magazines and homemade quilts that I shared with Chad. I finished the last verses and set the book down. The open window let in light from the clear sky and Chad was quietly asleep after a day of watering the crops and chopping wood. I prayed while on my knees and asked in whisper: "Is the Book of Mormon true?" I knew that many others had told me answers would come in time as I continued to listen and have hope. For me it was instant. It felt like someone had been waiting for the moment of my question to be voiced and flooded my being with an almost tangible peace. My mind was clear as if I knew all that I needed to. I have had several experiences that have been confirmations that Christ lives and is involved in each of our lives. He has called prophets to teach us, and continues to reveal His blessings to those who follow His teachings.

How I live my faith

I do my best to be the same outside as I am inside. If one or the other doesn't match what I know my Father in Heaven wants for me, I make a change. If a door needs opened I open it, if a piece of litter needs picked up, I pick it up, If a person needs comforted I comfort, If a child needs attention I give it, If a person struggles I help.