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Hi I'm Paul

I was born in Plymouth UK and have lived here all my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father and grandfather!! I have been married for nearly thirty five years to the same wonderful woman. we have three children and five grandchildren. I am currently a pensions manager. I have worked in payroll and pensions for much of my working life. It may not sound exciting employment but it has helped me associate with many people from different backgrounds and help them in what might be life changing situations. I enjoy reading and walking - just being outdoors. When I was younger I used to do a lot of cross country and road running. I also enjoyed playing in a five-a-side football team. Over the years I have helped with one of my son's scout troops, with another of my son's local football teams,

Why I am a Mormon

My first association with the Church was when I met my wife to be. At the time I was a Roman Catholic. I had felt very strongly when younger that I should become a Catholic Priest. I attended vocational retreats but at the time just felt that it was not for me. I did not know why at the time. When I met my wife we both knew that we should be together and so after an engagement we married, her a Mormon me a Catholic knowing that we may face challenges as our marriage grew. I was comfortable with my belief as a Catholic and would not engage in any discussion with my wife or any one else from the Mormon Church. The first challenge came when our first child was born. Should he be christened or blessed. In the Mormon Church we do not believe in infant baptism, and that young children do not need to be baptised. So this was the start of my "awakening" to the Mormon Church. My brother-in-law had returned from serving a mission as a Mormon missionary and came to visit with us. We would talk late into the night. He then said how can you comment about the Church on your limited knowledge. Let the missionaries come and talk with you and tell you about the beliefs in the right way. Then if it's not for you fine, but do not criticise or make comment from information you obtain from others. This I then did. Then it happened. I was invited to pray about whether or not the Church is true. As I knelt down to pray so the feeling came - it's true you know what to do. As a result of being baptised a member of the Mormon Church the associations with my family would be difficult over the years to come, I knew then as I know now that it is true. I do not believe that Jesus is the Christ I know that He is the Christ. I testify of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. How blessed I am to be a member and know that my Father in Heaven loves me. My faith means everything to me along with the knowledge that as a family we can be together forever.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a leader in the church in Devon and Cornwall. I have the opportunity to be involved with all our local members. I especially enjoy working with and helping our young people. I have helped organise a number of activities within the Church such as annual dances, charity events, working with CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids), and local service projects. In the Church we have a responsibility to help one another. For the men of the Church this is called home teaching. It is where we visit the homes of members to help them in any way we can. It is what service is all about.