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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born in Bamgkok Thialand. My parents are both caucasion, my father was stationed in bangkok in the U.S. Army so I am a regular american, just born abroad. I grew up all over the U.S. and ended up settling down in the area both of my parents are from, North West Florida. I did a 10 year stint in the Army myself spending most of the time in Germany but being deployed all over. From the middle east, to eastern Europe (Bosnia, Croatia, etc...) and South America. I am married to an absolutely wonderfull woman, together we have 5 children. They are all fantastic. Currently I work for a major U.S. Soft drink company which keeps me extremely busy, but there is no place on the earth I would rather be than at home with my family. It is what keeps me centered and grounded. I am in my mid 40's and must say I am happier now at this point in my life than ever before. I am at the age where a person truly learns who they are, what they want, and what is really important. I have many interests, my wife and I love to take trips and cruises with just us or the family whenever we can (both time wise and finance wise). I have spent a good part of my life as a mechanic I still love to work on cars and trucks when I can. I am into gaming (XBOX360, PS3, etc...) and I have come love home remoldeling. My wife has brought me further down that path than I ever thought I would come. I look forward to a full work life and eventual retirement with my wife in our home and whelp the children grow up.

Why I am a Mormon

I had spent my whole life (43yrs) attending different churches. My family is a Southern family so the question of the fact that whether or not there is a God was never a problem, I knew. I had attended Baptist, Pentacostal (both Holiness and Assembly of God), Methodist, Non-Denomination,and yes even attend a Catholic mass and never did I feel a real and true want and desire by everyone in attendance that I become a member as I did from the first time I stepped foot into my LDS church. My wife was an LDS member for over 22 years and I had discussed with her about attending but never made the attempt. One night while attending my wifes oldest son's wedding reception at the LDS church her ex-father in-law and her son's grandfather came and asked us to attend. When she told me that all hesitation left me I figured if that oustanding man could ask then I could come, and I did. I started taking the discusions from the missionaries and attending church and it was as if a light had been turned on in a dark room. I started to see things that I and my wife had done as far back as two years ago had been a work in progress to bring me to this point. I had been a bit of a wild young man, I loved to drink, to party, etc.....but out of the blue several years ago I had decided that I would not take another drink. I had decided to stop looking for the next party or good time but to try and help other people, Little things at first you know just simply being kinder and nicer to people, etc....this and all of the things that followed in hindsight were my Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost helping to guide me to where I needed to be. So that I could finally be in a position to learn the things I needed to learn so that I could feel the things and the truths that I now know. Every member of my church has been a blessing to me, every one has greeted me at every meeting with a true and warm smile and a true desire to help me build and grow my testimony. 2000 letters is not enough.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to learn as much as I can everyday. Through personal and family prayer, reading of the scripture and continuous discusions with the members of my ward and church. I am a convert so I feel that I must constantly learn all I can. I have been called to be a Missionary of my ward so this also keeps me in close contact with members of my church. Some of the greatest people I have come to know are the fantastic young missionaries that are sent all over the world to teach others and the people in my chyrch that have welcomed me into this church both lovingly and enthusiastically. I have just recently at the time of my conversion learned a valuable fact that had never made it self plain to me until now. That we must live our lives in and for the church and find ways to make time for other things like work etc....Why it took me all this time to understand this simple fact is beyond me. I attribute this realization as well as many others as the things that became clear and finally apparent to me as I came to beleive and become baptized into this church. There are still trials everyday, and things that must be asked forgivness for, but we are all human and fall far short of the glory of God but these are the reason for how I live my faith. Through these close ties with my fellow members, my wife and family, even this website I feel that all is on the right path and that when I falter as we all will the number of hands that will be thrown out to help me up again are uncountable. I never truly felt these things until I became a true member of this wonderful church and family.

What is being a Mormon like?

To be a part of the largest and greastes family possible, a family that not only is real in my small area but is real and close across the length and breadth of this nation and world. To understand that I can gain true, insightfull, new, and constant word from my heavenly Father through our living prophet. To know that heaven is not closed and cut off from all who beleive, that God and His sone jesus Christ are active in our lives today and always. Show more Show less