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Hi I'm Paul

I find great joy in the process of learning and becoming. I have not always been a Mormon, but I'm definitely one now.

About Me

At a tender age, I decided to become a teacher. After years of schooling, I began my career. A few decades later I came to see that my youthful decision was spot on, and I have never wavered, never regretted. This fall (2014) I will begin my 50th year in the classroom. My chosen profession has taken me to several cities in the United States and to many countries in the Americas and Europe. Along the way, I have lived in three foreign countries: México, Italy and Chile. My sweet wife is also a teacher and an amazing woman. We enjoy countless activities together, including (1) exploring Route 66, (2) visiting the Texas hill country, (3) exploring as many rivers as we can, (4) baseball, and (5) enjoying our friends and our growing family. We spent 18 of the most incredible months serving a mission in Chile (Misión Viña del Mar) and are currently preparing to serve again.

Why I am a Mormon

I had no idea what a Mormon was until I was 30 years old. At one point, I began to take note of Mormons and how they behaved. Spread over five or six years, I was blessed with just the right examples of different Mormons making good choices in their lives. At one point, I had to know more. During the following years, I came to see why those people seemed so wise and wholesome. They were simply living according to correct principles. I became a Mormon in 1981, having received initial instruction from wonderful elders. There were bumps in my path for a while, but a great church friend shared gospel gems that buoyed me and continue to comfort me to this day. The most powerful example of his counsel is a notion that is given at least four times in the scriptures. Simply stated, it is the idea of ...line upon line, precept upon precept--here a little, there a little... In other words, we are all works in progress; we are all growing, learning and becoming. I am a Mormon because I find great joy in the process of learning and becoming better. And though I have not always been a Mormon, I am most definitely one now.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith involves attending church every Sunday and partaking of the sacrament. It also means being involved in the activities of the ward, doing home teaching and holding Family Home Evening. Living my faith also means placing a value on regular temple attendance. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ is an enabling choice. I feel great strength in the knowledge that the atonement is here for me now and will be available to me throughout my life. Living the gospel also means that priceless knowledge and comfort can be derived from the scriptures as well as from my family and friends dear. I believe that when the tenets of our faith become our personal beliefs, life becomes a lot easier. There are always challenges, ever looming, but there is the certainty that each challenge can be met. Through my faith I have come to love and serve all people, even those who commit the gravest of errors. And though there are occasional disappointments, there is always perspective. My faith has given me clear focus of the importance of my family and the sweet hope of being together eternally.