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Hi I'm Paul

I'm grew up in Portland, Oregon. I love music and being out in nature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of five awesome children. I enjoy riding motorcycles, playing games, and listening to a variety of music with my family (I am partial to alternative rock). At work, I'm an industrial engineer, an efficiency expert. It's a rewarding job, but involves a lot of sitting behind a computer. I think I would rather be working with my hands. There is a peace that comes from 'doing', whether it be tending a garden or changing the oil in the car. I appreciate trying new foods - maybe a bit too much. I like hiking and camping and sometimes just sitting outside, soaking in the beauty of nature. I am fascinated by science. I like figuring out how things work. I love the wonder of little children. I love watching them discover the world around them.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon isn't always an easy thing. As a teenager, I was occasionally teased for not succumbing to peer pressure or for making up my own alternate lyrics to popular songs because I found the original ones morally objectionable. However, I have continued to be a Mormon because of the peace I have found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. By living in accordance with Mormon teachings and teaching my family to do the same, I gain peace of mind. I know that I will not be tried beyond what I can bear. I also know that God continues to pour out blessings to me as I keep His commandments.

How I live my faith

I recently accepted a call to serve in the nursery at church. I am like a Sunday School teacher for children from 18 months until they are 3 years old. It is my privilege to support their parents in teaching the basics of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have lessons that teach them they are children of God, that they can pray to Heavenly Father. I teach them that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us and have a plan for us. We learn how to love others. We learn to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and that Sunday is a day to remember Heavenly Father. We learn about the importance of families. We learn to obey, to be thankful, to share, and to be happy. We learn (in a very simple way) about the Atonement of Jesus Chris - that if we do our best to be kind, and obedient, and to do what is right, that we will be saved and be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father. Oh, and we also get to play with toys and read stories and do puzzles and have snack time! I also live my faith on days other than Sunday by living the very principles I teach the children. I look for opportunities to give meaningful service to those in need. I try to support the community I live in - especially our schools. I try to be kind to others and am doing my best to be happy. I struggle with many of the same things that others do. I'm an introvert, which often works in opposition to my desire to help others. I find it difficult at times to maintain a healthy weight (pizza is so delicious). I continually strive to find balance between giving an honest day's work to my employer and being an attentive husband and father. In Matthew 5:48, we are taught to, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." I live my faith by continually trying to progress toward perfection - to become like my Heavenly Father. I study the teachings of Christ and the words of the prophets each day and try to figure out how I can apply them to my life.