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Hi I'm Paul

I grew up in southern Idaho. I am psychometrician, a husband, and a father. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in northern Utah. When my parents found each other they fell in love right away. They were both raised in the Mormon Church but were not actively practicing their faith when I was born. After my baby brother died they became more reflective and started to take religion more seriously. They worked through some hard problems in their marriage and this caused me anxiety as a little boy. Through it all I knew they loved me more than anything because they told me all the time. I found happiness in books and loved to contemplate the great big universe surrounding us. I always found solace under the stars and felt close to Heavenly Father amid the grandeur of creation. My dad taught me by example to work hard and my mom taught me to be compassionate, also by example. I grew up in southern Idaho, served as a Church missionary in Spain for two years, married my high school sweetheart and had four children, two by adoption. My missionary service kindled my interest in people and how they think. I earned my Ph. D. in psychology and specialized in educational assessment. Now I work for a national association that creates tests used to license health professionals. I love my job!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents took me to Church. My grandma read Bible stories to me as a little boy. I learned to pray, and from a young age I learned to feel Heavenly Father’s love for me. I was baptized and confirmed when eight years old. I became acquainted with the scriptures as a boy and was excited to learn about the God who was responsible for the universe I loved. The scriptures spoke to me and I eagerly read and contemplated them, especially the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is an incomparable witness of Christ and is sufficient evidence that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. The Holy Ghost bears witness of it! Because of this, the path I should take through life has been clear to me even though I walk it imperfectly. Latter-Day Saints build temples so that members of the Church may enter, when they are prepared, and receive God’s greatest blessings, including the blessing of being sealed together as husband and wife and children for time and eternity. My parents were sealed to each other and then to my little brother and me in the Logan Temple when I was very young, so I always knew I was part of something that would last forever. My wife and I were also sealed together in the temple, both to one another and to our children. Being part of an eternal family is an important part of heaven for me. This is possible because of Jesus Christ and His power to redeem us from sin and death.

How I live my faith

I believe God has blessed me so that I could help others. Like many Mormon boys, I received the priesthood from my father when I was twelve and since then I have felt that I was in God’s service. Like many active Church members have served in the Church all my life in many different teaching and leadership positions. Church service is a joy! I try to love others, as the Savior and my mother taught me. I have my share of sins, imperfections and frailties. The hostility towards religious faith in our secular culture makes me very sad sometimes. But I am a happy person because I have hope in Christ. As I get older I see the wisdom in trying to be more like a little child, as Jesus taught us. We all have a lot to learn! When I repent and, especially when I forgive others, I feel my Savior’s love for me.