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Hi I'm Paul Puzey

Grew up in Northern Utah. Spent years in the military in Europe and Viet Nam. I am a retired educator. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in quite an emotionally protected environment and found myself ill equiped for the social pressures of life. As a result I struggled with self-doubt and trying to meet others expectations. These pressures continued well into my adult life. I have been married for more than fourty years and am the father of three grown children. Our family is closely connected. I graduated from college and have completed two post graduate degrees in education. I was able to put myself through school based on a military scholarship and summer work. After college I went into active duty in the military and served in Germany and South Viet Nam. I was and officer and atained the rank of captain. Initally my branch of service was armor and later my control branch was military police. I decided to leave active service after four years and jouned the reserves for an additional six years. I pursued the field of education and taught public high school in the community where I reside. I taught for eighteen years and then became a school adminitrator. I worked as an administrator at both the high school and the elementary school levels for an additional twelve years and then moved to the state office of education as a curriculum specialist and later a curriculum coordinator. My education career concluded as a wood shop teacher at a school for incarcerated youth. My hobbies and passions include fishing, woodworking, and teaching. I throughly enjoy teaching in my church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family who are Mormon. I grew up in this culture and really just accepted it as a way of life. This was largely a passive involvment and really carried with it very little commitment. I carried this attitude into my adult life and spent years floundering and struggling with issues of personal expectations and my performance. Slowly I began to embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ and began to search for my own personal witness of truth. It was through this process of reflection, study, service and prayer that I grew to have a testimony of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a witness from the Holy Ghost. This testimony and commitment is not a stagnant thing it continues to expand and change as I continue to live principles I know to be true and continue to serve, reflect, study, and pray.

How I live my faith

I presently teach the Gospel Doctrine class in my local church unit and spend a number of hours a week in preparation for this calling. Additionally I serve as an assistant in our group of men who meet on Sunday and perform administrative and advisory work in this area. Most recently I have been asked to serve as the Committee Chairman for our local Scout Troop. My next door neighbor is the Scout Master and we work well together. I served as Bishop in our church unit just prior to our current Bishop. This was a challenging and gratifying experience. I am still closely tied to our local high school and spend significant time there assisting with construction projects and running errands. My son is the athletic director at the school and so we attend a large number of athletic events and other activities.