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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a Mormon. Anything else I have done in my life pales in comparison to the opportunity of being a member of the LDS Church.

About Me

I am a husband and father, I have a loving wife, 4 children and 9 grandchildren. I work in Information Technology (programmer) for a Semi-conductor company. I like adventure and extreme sports especially skydiving. Donating time to the Boys Scouts of America as an assistant scoutmaster has been very rewarding, and giving me opportunities to get away from computers and get into the outdoors which I do so enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 19 and living away from home when my mother invited over to meet two missionaries. We met about once a week for many months, even after the other members of my family were baptized. During one of the meetings I had a profound experience. Religion for me was like reading an encyclopedia, it was just information. But on that day, the spirit touched me and I realized that there was an influence of light and truth that I wanted in my life. I decided to be baptized, and then a short time later made a serious effort at reading the Book of Mormon, cover to cover in 3 days, then a slower more detailed analysis of the book over the next couple of months, and when I finished the reading put Moroni’s promise to the test. The same profound experience occurred as I prayer about the Book of Mormon, lasting longer and bringing greater light and knowledge to my mind. Next, I decided to study the life of Joseph Smith, reading several books and trying to understand what it meant to be a modern day prophet like those in the Old and New Testaments. Over the course of this study I developed a testimony that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet of God. You need not suppose that this kept me free from sin, I have spent most of my life repenting of numerous sins. During one such struggle, as change which is an important part of repentance has never been easy for me, I had the opportunity to meet Spencer W. Kimball. After a 3 hour agonizing wait, where I mentally reviewed everything I had ever done wrong, he introduced himself to me. I don’t remember all the details of the verbal exchange, though it lasted less than 5 minutes. Pres. Kimball pulled me close as we shook hands and seems to study my eyes, like he was reading a book or viewing a movie, and then he spoken. The most powerful experience occurred as he told me about my past and future, like a fire inside my body, but a most pleasant experience for my mind and I knew I was in the presents of a modern day prophet of God.

How I live my faith

I begin each day with prayer and scripture study. I have work and family responsibilities that take up a good part of my day which most days I enjoy. I enjoy working with the youth and young men in scouting. I also try to use my simple talents to help others, with projects or other tasks. I believe the saying 'when you are in the service of your fellow man, you are only in the service of your God'. I am daily grateful for the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ that allows me to repent of my sins and become closer to and more like Him.

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Paul
I like the Official Church Answer because it shows from the New Testament that the Quorum of Twelve Apostles was to contnue and that the Lord wanted the Twelve to preach the gospel to all nations, kindred, tongue, and people. My question individually is: Am I any less important that the people of Jesus' time? Why should I not be allowed to hear Apostles today bear testimony to the truthfulness of these things, even as in the days following our Lord's resurrection. It would seem in these troubled times to be even more needful. I personally am grateful that the Lord saw fit to call Joseph Smith as a modern day prophet and that He revealed unto Joseph that Twelve were to be called in these latter days to 'go into all the world to preach my gospel unto every creature'. I know them to be men of God, and that He has called them to His work today. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Paul
Families are a lot of work and take a lot of time, if you don't think so you should ask yourself what you might be leaving undone. I have spent two-thirds of my life as a husband and father and plan to continue till the day I die. I would hate to even think that my wife, children, and grand-children will not be with me in the next life, which the Savior made possible through His resurrection. That we may continue sharing experiences, growing, and developing together in a family unit. I look forward to the day when I will be able to introduce them to my father. Show more Show less