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Hi I'm Paul

I am 65. I have 5 children and 17 grandchildren. I taught Maths for 20 years before retiring. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent 5 years in the Royal Air Force and had a career in sales before teaching from age 45. I like to read, mostly the works of Charles Dickens and John Grisham, and listen to good music. I play golf for exercise and fresh air because I am no longer fit enough to play the many physically active sports I have played over the years. The best way of spending each day is in the company of my family, talking, laughing, crying, dancing, holding my wife's hand, playing with my grandchildren, making things with Lego with my grandsons, travelling - I enjoy living the wonderful life God has given me. Best of all - I am contented - even in today's challenging world.

Why I am a Mormon

Having survived a life-threatening brain tumour by the grace of God, through the prayers and fasting of many faithful Christians and through my faith in my Saviour, added to the skill of good surgeons, I can testify, without any doubt, that Christ lives, for He has cared for me and I have felt Him near. As a young man I attended my local village church but had failed to get answers that satisfied my desire to understand life and its purpose. At age 23, I chose to be a Mormon because the Church teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that I could understand and the questions I had asked a number of years earlier were answered - simply and in a way that helped me understand Jesus' life and teachings. During the 40 plus years since my baptism I have tried to live what He taught, and continues to teach through His living prophets. As a result, my life has been wonderful - to the point that I would not change anything if I could live my life over. I have a purpose to each day and I know why I am here on earth and what my Heavenly Father expects of me. I have had the privilege of being an ordained minister in the Lord's service for more than 4 decades. I have felt Him close to me many times and I can testify that the Holy Spirit has been my companion as I have served in my community.

How I live my faith

My wife and I work with a group of college and university age students, teaching classes that discuss our faith and give guidance on daily living, joining in with their fun activities and giving fatherly advice when asked. Each month I visit church members in their homes providing spiritual guidance and practical help when needed. In the past, I have served as the Bishop of my congregation, served in a variety leadership roles, providing training and support and enjoyed editing the church magazine and website for the UK. I have sung in and conducted Church choirs - sacred music has inspired me over the years. I served as a governor at my local high school for a number of years and have participated in a number of community projects sponsored by the Church - providing "Helping Hands". Generally, we try to follow the Saviour's example as He "went about doing good".

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

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