What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Paula

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Texas, the oldest of three kids. I loved seminary and young women as a youth. When I was in high school, I was on the yearbook staff and in the band, playing french horn. I loved marching band. After I graduated high school, I attended Ricks College. I absolutely loved Ricks and graduated there with my AA in elementary education. It was some of the best years of my life. I have been married for 23 years to my college sweetheart. We have been blessed with three amazing kidlets who I am very proud of. My oldest is currently in his freshman year of college, my middle child is a senior, and my youngest is a sophomore. For 18 years I was a stay at home mom, and now that I am looking at my second child leaving our home within the next seven months, I have been struggling with the reality that my kids are growing up. My hobbies include genealogy, digital scrapbooking, crochet, and reading. I read an average of two books a week. I am a proud Kindle user thanks to my sweet kids who gave me one for Mother's Day. I love the peace that the gospel brings to my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were southern baptist when I was little. One day when I was ten years old, two young men came to our door and wanted to talk to my parents. They were next door at the neighbors, so I sent them over there. At first, my mom was very apprehensive about them, but my dad loved them and their message. They started teaching my parents and we started to attend the branch. My mother, sister, and I were baptized and two weeks later, my dad was baptized. We loved going to church. After three years in the branch, my parents moved to Texas. The ward there was big and there were a lot of youth our age. I loved having more than just two kids my age in the ward, and I learned a lot from seminary and young women. I was extremely blessed to have some amazing youth leaders while I was growing up. I also had some amazing friends who were very good examples to me. I am a Mormon because when I made the decision to be baptized, I put the promise in Moroni 10:3-5 to work. I prayed about whether getting baptized was the right thing, and the feeling that I had was amazing. I knew that getting baptized was what my Heavenly Father wanted me to do. I am a Mormon because I know without a shadow of a doubt that the church is true and I know that it's principles are true. I know that Jesus Christ is my savior and redeemer and I am so grateful for his atoning sacrifice. I know that I am a daughter of Heavenly Father and I know that he loves me and I love him. He blesses my life on a daily basis and I am so thankful for the knowledge that he loves me. I know that he knows me by name and that he knows the desires of my heart. I don't know what my life would be like without this knowledge and I am grateful that I never have to know.

How I live my faith

I serve in my ward (local congregation) as the music leader for the children's group called the primary. I have 40 minutes a week where I teach them new songs as well as songs they already know. Once a year, these precious children sing in our sacrament meeting and it's my responsibility to make sure they know all the songs. I think of this as a very special and sacred job because I help to teach them the principles of the gospel through music. I also live my faith by being a good example to all I come into contact with. I try to live the gospel to the best of my ability and if someone comes into contact with me, it is my sacred obligation to represent the Lord Jesus Christ honorably. I am always willing to serve in whatever capacity that my church leaders need me to serve in and will do it to the best of my ability. I love the gospel and serving in it.