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Hi I'm Paul Wheeler

I am a retired electrical engineering professor. I collect musical instruments from around the world and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been blessed (or cursed) with a great curiosity. Wanting to know how things work, I studied physics (BA and MA) and engineering (PhD) at Brigham Young University. After working for a time in industry, I settled down as a university professor in electrical and computer engineering. I love music and helped create an electronic music minor program for our engineering students and coauthored a textbook on musical acoustics. While on sabbatical I was introduced to music from around the world and started a collection of ethnic musical instruments. I have had the opportunity to travel to various countries around the world where I have learned to love people with backgrounds different from my own. One highlight was working with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) to help an orphanage school in Uganda. As a young man I served a two-year mission in Brazil. After retiring my wife and I served a mission in Toronto, Canada. We have now been called to serve as area technology specialists in Brazil. Missionaries for the church serve without pay. I have a wonderful wife, a beautiful daughter, a good son-in-law, and six fun grandchildren. We all live together in our house. It gets noisy now and then, but it's a lot of fun. Families are very important to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I desire to seek truth from any source. As I walk through mountain paths I see the majesty of creation in the rocks, streams, and trees. As an engineer I can recognize the creative process. As a Mormon I don't have to choose between creationism (the world was created out of nothing in six of our days) versus evolution (the world was created out of nothing in a big bang that then evolved into a higher form). I can accept a creator that made this world in His way and His time. I can accept scientific principles without having to eliminate God in the process. As a Mormon there is no conflict between true religion and true science because truth can be found by scientific discovery as well as the revealed word of God. I am a Mormon because I have learned through personal revelation that I am a child of a loving Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I have also learned through the spirit that Joseph Smith actually saw a vision of the Father and the Son. As I read the Book of Mormon I can feel the spirit witnessing it's truth. I relish in the truth which I have found in science and in revelation. I would feel handicapped if I were left to live by only one source of truth.

How I live my faith

Living my faith includes two elements: 1) an organized church and 2) my personal life. Worshiping in an organized church gives me the opportunity to meet with others for learning, teaching, and serving. I find that the synergy of worshiping and working together accomplishes more than I can by myself. From my youth I have been able to give talks in front of congregations, teach classes, and provide service, which have greatly benefited me as an adult. The most personal part of living my faith comes when I encounter the trials of the world and can turn to my Savior Jesus Christ in prayer, lean on His atonement for my weaknesses, and be guided by the Holy Ghost in my life. This brings a joy and confidence when many in the world are losing faith and are discouraged with events around them.