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Hi I'm Paul

I'm 52 years old, happily married, with 3 children, 5 grandchildren, I'm a businessman, & enjoy helping in my community.

About Me

My mum joined the church when I was young, so it was natural for me to also join at the age of eight, although as I grew older I needed to find out for myself if the church was true, as it meant a commitment to try and live as Christ lived in the way I conducted my life. Obviously I fail many times getting all sorts of stuff wrong! That is the nature of this 'human' experience, at least for me! I got married at the age of 21, in 1982, and a couple of years later when we wanted to start a family I needed a job that paid more than I was getting working in the electrical retailer 'Rumbelows' I joined the MOD Police for about 12 years, (I was a fully qualified member of the firearms team, the training for this was quite exciting, but the rest of the job I didn't enjoy) then my wife and I opened an art gallery near Plymouth, Devon. We tried living in southern California, a wonderful place but our business wasn't working so we came back to England where we changed direction a little and bought some investment properties and now I also love to be involved in network marketing.

Why I am a Mormon

It is 44 years ago since my baptism, and for the most part they have been good years. However, when the uninvited challenges that life produces have come my way, when things have been tough for one reason or another, when loved ones make poor choices, struggle or even die, having the knowledge and testimony that God lives, that Jesus is my Saviour and because of His atoning sacrifice, life goes on beyond this mortal experience, I know with a surety, that I can be forgiven of my poor choices, as can anybody, that I can live with my family for not just this life, but also for eternity. I believe that I have a responsibility to help others in life along their way, or at worst, not to make life more cumbersome for them! This belief and understanding that I have of a loving Heavenly Father that wants me to return to His presence, and be with my mortal family is the most valuable and precious reason to continue to try to be more Christlike. I believe that not only does He want this for me but for all of His sons and daughters. I believe that we are supposed to be happy and enjoy life and all that this beautiful world has to offer. Life is great, and I cannot comprehend life without the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

In truth some things come easy and some things are difficult. I find it easy to be nice to nice people and more difficult to be nice to those that are not so nice to me or my family, but I am working on it, it might take me some time! but I know that I need to be really good at this, I usually am able to bridle my behaviour if I consider what Jesus would do and what He would have me do. Within the church we are taught to care for each other, and this doesn't limit us to just church members, but all people. It feels so much better not to live with anger in my life, and to try to nourish the good towards others. I like to work on the basis that the vast majority of people are good and decent and I would rather live trusting and only on the odd occasion be disappointed. It is true that there have been times when people have disappointed me, but not very often. If I had lived with distrust I would have robbed myself of many great experiences. I enjoy going to church each week and being in the company of friends and family that I have grown to love and care for.