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Hi I'm Paul

I am from a small town in northern Indiana, work full time, take night classes and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hi my name is Paul and I'm a Mormon. For the past 5 years I have worked for a small family owned business as a pest management professional. I also attend college classes at night where I am finishing my General Studies degree with an emphasis in business management and a minor in biblical studies. In my free time I enjoy spending time outside, hanging out with friends, and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't grow up in church and didn't start attending a non-denominational church until 2008. I was happy at the church I was attending until the pastor there decided to step down. During the transition of the church looking for a new pastor I felt as though something was missing. So I went looking for a church to attend when a friend told me about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. What struck me must about this church over the others I visited was the people there. They all seemed to have had a sincere desire to live out the gospel, to help each other and others in the community. It took me about a year for me to join the church as I prayed about all that I was learning. After much prayer and reading of scripture, both the Bible and Book of Mormon I felt this is where God was leading me to and where He wanted me. I know both the Bible and Book of Mormon are the word of God for I have felt inspiration and the spirit with me as I have read both. I believe that there is something very special here that many of the other churches I have visited seemed to have been missing. I could not see myself going to any other church and am thankful that Heavenly Father led me here.

How I live my faith

One of the ways I live out my faith it just trying to be an example to others. I always try to pray before I eat even if I am the only one at the table to do so. I answer questions of my friends and colleges about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I have shared the Book of Mormon with some family members. I also serve as 2nd counselor in the young men's at my church.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Paul
Unlike other churches we do not have paid clergy. This way we are learning and studying the word of God for ourselves. Instead people of the congregation are asked to speak on various topics. Our first meeting is the Sacrament meeting, this is were we do communion every Sunday and we listen to the appointed speakers for that day. The first Sunday of every month is typically fast and testimony Sunday where members are able to come up and bare their testimony if they wish. Second hour is for Sunday school and we have classes for all ages and a couple to choose from for the adults. Third hour we have priesthood for the men and relief society for the women. We highly encourage visitors to come and visit with us and are welcomed to stay for all three hours if they wish. In fact that is how I started. A friend of mine told me about the church but due to the distance between us I was unable to go to theirs so I found the one close to me and just showed up one day. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Paul
No we do not worship Joseph Smith. This is something I get asked a lot by many people. We view Joseph Smith as a prophet who translated the Book of Mormon and who restored the priesthood back to the Earth. The best ways I think to explain how we view Joseph Smith is by comparing him to Moses. Like Moses, Joseph was a prophet of God and was the leader of our church. Since Joseph Smith we have had other prophets God has called to lead our church in modern day. Show more Show less