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Hi I'm Paul Willnauer

I grew up in Connecticut, USA. I enjoy adventurous activities. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 50+ year old empty nester family man, husband to a wonderful wife and father to four terrific kids. My two oldest children are married and have made us grandparents. My two youngest are currently serving full time missions for the Church. I could not be more pleased or proud of my family. If I were independently wealthy, my wife and I would already be full time missionaries, preferably in some less developed area of the world. That will happen some day. For now, I support the missions of my children. I'm an engineer for a small biomedical device company, which I enjoy very much. It doesn't require physical labor so I try to stay fit with a tame regimen of weights and running. I feel best when I run four miles every other day or so. For me, maintaining physical fitness demonstrates gratitude to God for the wonderful body he gave me and shows him I am responsible for taking good care of it. It also enables me to enjoy a full range of activities and adventures now, and hopefully well into retirement. I love the outdoors, from hiking to white water rafting to sky diving. Racquetball is my favorite indoor sport. I love to learn of different peoples and cultures and someday when I get to travel more, I don't want to just do the touristy things, but rather live among the people months at a time and learn first hand of their customs, traditions and ways of life. Life is full of the mundane. With just a little curiosity and effort, we can experience its richness.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church when I was 19 because it answered every question I had about the purpose of life. I remain in the Church because it continues to answer those questions. The more I study the gospel, the more I invite the Spirit to be with me, the more I serve, the more I experience life, the more I understand that God loves all of us and simply wants the best for us. Through the words and examples of ancient and modern prophets and apostles, and through the Holy Ghost, he has shown me the way to peace and security and joy. Everything I need is already in place, has already been prepared. I just need to follow, and when I do follow, and when I do what he asks, the blessings flow. It's as simple as that. I know that God lives. He showed himself to many people both anciently and in modern times. We have their testimonies in the scriptures. God showed himself to Joseph Smith and called him to restore the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days. Through the restoration we learn that God has a greater plan for us than we could ever have imagined. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. Their love, their sacrifice, their purpose surpasses all. I know this is true and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping the commandments to the best of my ability, and when I fall short, by repenting of my sins. The greatest commandment is to love God first and foremost. I show my love for him by staying close to him spiritually, learning about and pursuing the path he's given me to walk, keeping proper priorities in my life and maintaining balance. The second greatest commandment is to love my neighbor as myself. My closest neighbors are my family. I love, provide for, encourage and respect them. I am friendly and helpful to those in my neighborhood, being considerate and living peaceably with them. I serve in the Church, currently among the young single adults, trying to set a good example and share the truths which have brought me joy and which will bring them joy also. There are many other ways I live my faith, but the last I want to mention is to be happy. Life isn't always easy and doesn't always go as planned. But my faith buoys me up in the difficult times. When under stress or duress, when life is uncomfortable, I try to step back and see it from an eternal perspective. I think of all the blessings God has given me and all that he has promised me. With that, peace of mind returns, and it makes me happy again.