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Hi I'm Paul

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, the headquarters of the Mormon Church. I have been a member of the church all my life.

About Me

I am married and have 7 children. I also have about 36 or so grandchildren. If they would stop running around all the time I could get an exact count. I have lived on three continents. I have lived most of my life in Utah with a short three year stint in Los Angeles, California, when I was just out of college, while working for a large Certified Public Accounting firm there. I actually enjoyed living and working in L.A.. I spent 2 1/2 years living in Holland and Belgium from age 19 to 21, as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was a great experience. I learned to speak Dutch and Flemish. I then lived in Vietnam for one year as a soldier in the U.S. Army during the war there. It was not a pleasant experience, but I will say that Vietnam is a beautiful, tropical country. While there I told myself that when I got home, got married, and had kids, I would take them all to Vietnam to see how beautiful a country can be. During my growing up years, after being the worst player on my little league baseball team, I took up tennis. I spent my summers playing in tennis tournaments around the Intermountain area. I did quite well and eventually played on the tennis team for the University of Utah. I am now retired and enjoying writing stories about growing up and raising my family. I spend a couple of days a week in the temple and a lot of the rest of my week doing family history work.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe the teachings of the church and hope that living the commandants will bless me and my family during this life and throughout eternity. The greatest blessing in our church is that we have been given the power to live together as families throughout eternity. Nothing is more important to me than that.

How I live my faith

The church has always been the most important thing in my life. I have gained much direction, hope, and happiness by living as close as I can to its principles. My father once told me, "If there was a better way to live my life than living the teachings of the church, I would follow that kind of a life, but I haven't found it." My wife and I served as missionaries working in the Nauvoo temple a few years ago. It was a great experience. Nauvoo is a special place to every Latter-day Saint. There is a great history of our church there, establishing that town in 1839 and then being driven out by persecutors in 1847, after the Prophet Joseph Smith was martyred there. My whole life has been devoted to the church. It has been the most wonderful part of my life.