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Hi I'm Paul Gunderson

They call me Gundy. I grew up in Southern California and have also lived in Southern Utah. I'm currently studying at BYU-Provo.

About Me

Born and raised in Temecula, California, and also lived for several years in St. George, Utah. Love watching movies, traveling to new and exciting places, and making new friends. Currently studying at BYU-Provo.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS Church by loving parents who always taught me correct principles and helped me to understand how to be a good person. However, there comes a time in the life of every person when they have to make a choice for themselves, if they are going to continue in the belief of their parents or choose a different road. I too faced this choice and I had to take it seriously, because I really wanted to know if all that my parents had taught me was true, if the LDS Church really was true. So, I did what the missionaries always teach. I read the scriptures, I pondered them, and I asked God if everything that I had learned was true. And I received an answer that, yes, I was in the right path for me, and that was all that I needed.

How I live my faith

I had the opportunity of serving a 2-year mission for the Church, which was a great time that I dedicated to sharing the Gospel 24/7. It was amazing seeing how the Gospel brings so many positive changes, peace, and happiness in others' lives as they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and follow His teachings. I strive every day to live worthy of Him and try to follow His example of helping others and demonstrating charity. One of my main quests is to always live worthy of others' confidence. I'm positive that I'm not going to be perfect every day, and I know that no one else will be perfect either, but I try my best to be better day after day.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Paul Gunderson
Of course Mormons don't only help Mormons! One of the biggest and most important things taught in the LDS church is service. We love giving service to everyone, regardless of religion, race, gender, circumstances, anything. You'll usually see Mormons delivering pies and cakes and all sorts of goodies to their neighbors in their communities, regardless of their faith. Mormons love serving all people and don't only look for opportunities to serve other Mormons. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Paul Gunderson
Mormon missionaries proselyte because we love sharing the Gospel and making other people happy! Through sharing the Gospel, we can invite others to come closer to Christ and help them lead better lives through applying the principles of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. We sincerely believe in helping others, and what better way to do this than to proselyte and preach the Gospel to anyone and everyone who will receive it? Preaching the Gospel is a duty but also a blessing. We love inviting others to be happier through living the Gospel. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Paul Gunderson
The Church doesn't support any one political party; rather, we support the beliefs and values that are compatible with the Gospel that are found in many political parties. For example, we as Mormons value hard work, integrity, social welfare, honesty, family, and many more positive values. These things have been found in multiple political platforms, parties, and candidates. Although the Church doesn't endorse any political parties or platforms, we as members are encouraged to fully participate in political and governmental affairs in our respective communities (see Article of Faith 12). Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Paul Gunderson
No, all Mormons are not required to serve a mission. Generally, young men and women have the opportunity to serve if they so desire from the ages of anywhere from 18-mid-20's. Although missionary service is not required, it is considered a privilege and the Church has had a strong tradition of missionary work since the time Christ taught his Gospel. Show more Show less