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Hi I'm Paul

I am a happily married father of four. I am a school principal. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of four great children. I grew up in northern Virginia where I joined the Mormon church. A year later, I served a full-time mission in Costa Rica. It was as a missionary that I decided that I wanted to pursue teaching as a career. I am grateful for a supportive wife who, eight months pregnant and with a young toddler in tow, followed me to northern Japan for that first job. My career as a teacher and later as an administrator took us to several different countries for nearly 20 years. We are now experiencing life in southern United States, which is really like another foreign assignment to us! It has been so fun to meet so many people from around the world. I love to talk with them, experience their cultures, see their way of life, and eat their delicious food. When I have some spare time, I enjoy playing soccer, playing the guitar, reading and cooking. Because my time is limited, I mostly enjoy being at home and serving my family.

Why I am a Mormon

During my senior year of high school, my best friend asked me what I thought would happen to us when we die. At the time, neither of us had a decent answer. That question, however, created within me an insatiable desire to find out and to seek answers to other questions of the soul. I began to visit local churches in an effort to discover the truth. My visits proved fruitless and left me hungry for something more. While at school one day, I noticed a quiet, shy, and kind classmate. I found out that she was a Mormon. I invited myself to church with her and thoroughly enjoyed the services. That evening, I met the missionaries and began to take the missionary discussions. They invited me to read from the Book of Mormon and to pray about their message. Because of the feelings that I felt while meeting with them, I did what they asked. That night, I experienced the first of many spiritual confirmations that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that I should be baptized. Despite opposition from friends and family, I clearly knew that it was God’s will for me to join the church, serve a mission, and become a disciple of Jesus Christ. Over the next three weeks, I completely changed my life and was baptized in his name.

How I live my faith

Joining the church as a teenager, it has really been a work in progress to figure out how to live my faith on a daily basis. I learned early on that it is vital to my spirituality to read the scriptures and to pray daily. Those have become lifelong habits that have kept me on the straight and narrow. I have found that doing these two things each day, helps me to be a more loving, patient father and husband. Another important lesson that I have learned is to serve wherever asked. While I currently serve in a leadership position, I have been blessed to serve our children, work with the youth, as well as with the adults. The same Gospel principles that help me at church and at home are a blessing to me at work! Schools are filled with teachers, children, and parents who struggle with real problems. While we do not always share the same beliefs, people appreciate being treated with compassion, patience, and sincerity.