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Hi I'm Paul

I grew up in Burlington, Ontario, Canada and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 16. I’m a Mormon!

About Me

I am a husband and father of three children and two step-children. My family means everything to me and they have blessed my life in immeasurable ways. I love nature; especially the country and the beach. My mother’s parents had a fruit farm and my father’s parents had a cottage by a lake. The time I spent with family at these cherished places is a meaningful part of the person I am today. Contemplating nature has taught me many valuable lessons. I am an avid supporter of “appreciating” our earth and I am involved in the community and at work with environmental initiatives. I enjoy reading inspirational talks and books and especially being taught through studying the scriptures. I love expressing myself creatively through writing stories, poetry and analogies between the simple experiences of everyday life and gospel principles. Playing sports and coaching my children’s sports teams and supporting them are things that I have always been passionate about. I love and value the small and simple things in life that bring such great joy!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in Burlington, our family faithfully attended the United Church and shortly before my 16th birthday I began attending confirmation classes to become a member. At that time in my life I was absorbed with playing sports and my relationship with my Savior was not that meaningful to me. I was merely going through the motions. During that time missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knocked on the door of our home and began teaching our family. The missionaries taught me of truths and doctrines that I had never before heard and of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ as found in both the Bible and Book of Mormon. I came to know of the truth of these teachings through the power of the Holy Spirit. Although I was hearing many of these gospel truths for the first time, I felt as if I had heard them before and these teachings felt “good” and “right” within me. I soon learned that I had heard these truths before prior to my birth on earth and that is why these teachings brought a familiar spirit and remembrance to my heart and soul. The reason that I am a Mormon can best be described by referring to the words of the prophet Alma in that I was willing to open my mind and my heart to “exercise a particle of faith” and “give place” to the things I was being taught as “seeds” and plant them in my heart to find out how these teachings of Christ’s word would grow and what fruit they would produce. The Lord said that “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit.” (Matthew 7:18) Likewise, Alma said that a good seed will “enlarge your soul” and “enlighten your understanding” and will be “delicious”. (Alma 32:28) I have participated in this experiment of planting seeds of gospel principles in my life for 39 years now and my testimony and conversion have deepened. My soul continues to be enlarged; my understanding continues to be enlightened and the fruits that I have experienced and witnessed over and over again are definitely good.

How I live my faith

My dear mother always sang to me and my siblings as children. The words of the song that sank the deepest into my heart and that I loved singing with her over and over again are: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”. Since a young age this has formed the foundation of how I strive to live my life each day. I am grateful to be a disciple of my Savior Jesus Christ and to honour and serve him by serving others. I love working alongside our full-time missionaries and ward members to share the gospel and strengthen and nourish those that have joined with us or have returned to the fold. I enjoy teaching the Gospel Principles class and getting to know all the wonderful people that join with us to worship and learn in the search for truth. In his October 2013 General Conference address “Come, Join with Us”, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “If you seek truth, meaning, and a way to transform faith into action; if you are looking for a place of belonging: Come, join with us!” That statement beautifully sums up how being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me live my faith. I have discovered truth here, found meaning and belonging here, and countless ways to transform my faith into action. To borrow the words of Elder Clayton Christensen, “the church helps me understand and practice the essence of Christianity.” I likewise, invite others to come, join with us!