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Hi I'm Paul

I am a father, a college faculty member, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in several states - Wisconsin (currently), Indiana, Michigan, Texas, Louisiana, and Massachusetts - and belonged to a few churches - raised Episcopal and attended Lutheran and United Church of Christ. My father was an Episcopal priest. I work as a faculty member and academic administrator at a private, liberal arts college related to The United Church of Christ. I teach courses devoted to critical thinking, writing, research, logic, and statistics. I am father to two daughters under the age of 12, step-father to a son in his early 20s, and husband to a beautiful, talented, passionate woman who makes me complete. My wife and I home school our children, and our family maintains a active garden. I am actively involved in the shooting sports. As a certified instructor, I participate in and lead firearms safety and skill development classes at the local shooting range where I am the Vice President of the Board of Directors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not an easy convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I met my first missionaries when I was 17. I did not join the Church until I was 45. In the 28-year gap, I fought long and hard to drive the missionaries away (at times) or to ignore them (more often than not). What finally made the difference for me was watching my wife begin to explore the Church. As she and I read through the Book of Mormon and related materials, I found myself saying, "I KNOW this story." I had never heard the stories from the Book of Mormon from my parents or any other person, but I KNEW those stories. I knew them in the same way that I knew the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes I read to my oldest daughter. Those nursery rhymes I had heard when I was a very young child, and I had forgotten them, until I heard them again. In the same way, I knew the stories in the Book of Mormon. My work also brought me confirmation of the truth of the restored gospel. As I have prepared for many of the classes I have taught, I have found doctrinal truth in diverse places and in diverse faith traditions. The only place I found that brought those bits of truth together was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. President Thomas S. Monson once said, "My faith did not come to me through science, and I will not permit so-called science to destroy it." When I first read this, I thought, "Ah ha! Here is the proof that members of the Church are anti-intellectual." Then, a still, small voice whispered to me, "And what science brought Your faith to You?" I have been a lover of Christ for as long as I can remember. I have finally found the place where the gospel is most complete. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the most correct church today, that Jesus Christ lives and leads this Church, that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God, and that there is no place else our Father in Heaven wants us to be.

How I live my faith

My family and I attend church regularly. The most exciting moment for our youngest daughter was the first Sunday in January, 2012, when she was able to start attending Primary with the Sunbeam class. Our oldest daughter nearly exploded with happiness at her baptism in September, 2012. After my wife and I attended the Temple for the first time, we found it hard to go back. Life, the drive there, the expense of childcare or a hotel, all of it seemed overwhelming, so we put it off. Finally, we decided to step forward in faith and make the commitment to go regularly - at least once each month. All of the things we imagined to be barriers have melted away, and we now participate in Temple ordinances with regularity. Our kids look forward to our trips to the Temple. They get excited to see us prepare to go. That regular Temple attendance has helped me to focus my energy and improve the way I carry out my callings in our ward. I am the Elders Quorum Secretary, and I am also designated Seminary Substitute Teacher. These callings have brought to me a deeper understanding of the Gospel, and a sincere love and care for each member of our ward. I know each Sunday that I have made a difference in the life of at least one person, and that fills my heart with joy.