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Hi I'm Ron Paul

I grew up in Altadena, California. I am a blessed husband and proud father of four wonderful children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I transferred to Brigham Young University in my Junior year to study music. I was converted to the church at BYU. I was blessed to perform with two of the university's premier performing groups: Young Ambassadors and Living Legends (formerly known as Lamanite Generation). After I graduated with a B.A. in Music, I served a full-time mission to Rome, Italy. What a wonderful experience that was (not easy, but absolutely wonderful)! I've had a performing career and sung regional opera in New York. I have also worked in a number of business ventures. I currently work as a Regional Vice President for a consulting company called Partners In Leadership. I received an MBA while at the university, and am currently a PhD doctoral candidate at Northcentral University where I'm studying Management. My hobbies include sports (i.e. basketball, cycling, swimming, weights), reading good books, singing, conducting, playing the piano, learning new things, and spending time with family.

Why I am a Mormon

While studying at Brigham Young University as a member of another denomination, I had numerous discussions about Mormon doctrine and took classes studying the Book of Mormon. While reading, I didn't find anything contrary to the bible teachings I had come to know as a Seventh-Day Adventist. I began to feel spiritual promptings that what I was reading was true. The Book of Mormon, issues a challenge to find out for ourselves if this church is true. The challenge is found in Moroni 10: 3-5 and reads: 3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men… 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. 5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. One day, I closed my college room door, locked it, and knelt down to pray and ask Heavenly Father if this was His restored church upon the earth, and if there are such things as modern day prophets to guide us. To this day, I know that I had received a powerful confirming answer from that prayer. This knowledge helps me continue steadfastly as a member of His true church upon the earth.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a bishop (pastor) of a congregation (called a ward) in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. I have been blessed to be a part of a wonderful congregation. Church is very central to my life, and it is a part of my daily life. My daily routine includes individual and family prayer, reading scriptures with my family and personal study. I have the opportunity to minister to the members of my congregation and to work with our wonderful youth. I love this church!

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Ron Paul
As a member of the church, who also happens to be a minority, I have the privilege of possessing the priesthood and blessing the lives of my family and others through service. I have had the opportunity to serve in various leadership responsibilities. I affirm that the priesthood is a privilege that all men who keep themselves clean and worthy may possess, no matter the race, color, or social status. Show more Show less