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Hi I'm Paul F. Bowman

I grew up in Idaho. I am a singer, a cyclist and an engineer that mentors a robotics team. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a husband and father of three daughters and one son. I love the outdoors and have been a Boy Scout Scoutmaster three different times. I have completed three 50 mile hikes; two when I was a teenager and one when I was 52. I love cycling and have ridden up to 100 miles a day. I became a mechanical engineer and I love machines such as my bike, robots and race cars. I love music and sing in community choir. I have been the director of three different church choirs and enjoy organizing and singing in barbershop quartets.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and ancestors were Mormon, but as a youth I was not on board with spiritual things. I was a budding scientist born into the space race and I wanted to be an engineer. I loved dinosaurs, and the creation story in Genesis didn't fit my view of the world very well. At age 14 I faced a big decision whether to quit the church to focus on science. I read the Book of Mormon mostly to tell my parents that I had. I prayed about it after each time I read as they also counseled, but received no answer. I attended a seminary class each school day. Brother Taylor taught us about spiritual things. I liked him and found him interesting, and he showed interest in me and my spiritual quest. One night I again knelt down and prayed to know if it was true. I suddenly heard a voice in my head saying over and over, "It's true, it's true" accompanied by an incredibly warm, good feeling. I had been told about the Holy Spirit being like a burning in the bosom that enlightened our understanding, but before that moment I didn't know what they meant. But now I knew. I could not deny that someone or something outside myself had visited me and brought the answer I sought. As it transformed my understanding it transformed me. I realized I had been born again into a new life! I had been born of the water at age 8, but I was finally being born of the spirit at age 14, and it was marvelous! I knew God lived, that Christ was his son and that I would serve them for the rest of my life.

How I live my faith

I enjoy enriching my community by singing in the 70-member Rainier Chorale. We entertain and uplift others by sharing beautiful, spiritual and fun music in our three concerts each year. I also participate in church choirs that add a strong, spiritual element to worship services. I help the youth by teaching boys life skills through the Boy Scout program. I enjoy teaching the skills and then taking them camping so they can really learn by applying the skills in the outdoors. I gained my love of nature as a Scout, and as an Eagle Scout I have taken an oath to share that love with others. As a Merit Badge counselor I enjoy teaching the boys citizenship, and introducing them to possible vocations in aviation and space exploration. The last three years I have applied my technical skills at our local High School by being a mentor to the robot club. Each year they participate in a robot competition with other High Schools. They get six weeks to build a 120 pound robot that will most effectively meet the game objectives. I am on the sidelines helping them overcome technical hurdles when they get stuck and don't know what to do. It is challenging for them and me, and we all learn a lot as we solve each challenge that arises. The competitions are fun and it is satisfying to see them drive their creation to score points and win matches.