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Hi I'm Paul

I'm a high school graduate from Southeast Utah. I'm a musician, runner, and a reader. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second oldest of seven children. My mother and much of my extended family is Canadian, although my father and his side are American. I love to play games with my family. I did cross country, track, and soccer in high school. I enjoyed taking math, science, and history classes. I also enjoy singing, playing piano, and playing guitar. I like reading fiction, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and unplanned adventures. I am currently serving an LDS mission in Rancho Cucamonga, California, after which I plan to attend Brigham Young University.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, but I understand that being a Mormon isn't something that's inherited, it's a decision that everyone must make for themselves. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed, like the book says to do, for a confirmation that the history, principles, and words of the authors were true and of God. I received a confirmation, a sort of powerful feeling I came to know as a "testimony." As I have worshiped with other members and continued to study, pray, and serve, that feeling grew stronger. God loves us. He cares about us. He wants to bless us. He gives us sacred writings and inspired men that tell us about Him and how to get His blessings. If you read the Book of Mormon and say a sincere prayer to know if it is true, you can gain a testimony of your own. You can be baptized by priesthood authority and receive the Holy Spirit, which you will have with you constantly to guide you, comfort you, and protect you. You can then have a clean slate and a new life as a servant of God, with your sins forgiven and forgotten. Once a worthy member, you can have the greatest opportunity this world: going to the temple and being sealed or connected to your family for all eternity. If you have any question about whether this is true, do a sincere experiment: read the Book of Mormon, pray, and listen to your heart to know if it is true. If you do your part, God will always do His.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to have good character like the perfect example, Jesus Christ. I do my best to avoid music, movies, and language that is dirty or does not have a good message to keep my thoughts positive and clean. I try to be kind to all those around me, and to serve and include those people. I read my scriptures daily so that I can stay close to God and learn how to keep improving myself. The Church provides me with responsibilities and duties to help me stay fulfilled and happy, to help me grow spiritually, and to minister to fellow Church members. I enjoy getting to know others around me and doing what I can to help them.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We as Mormons absolutely regard the Bible as scripture and love it. Our very church was created because our founder, Joseph Smith, read a powerful verse in the Bible. Why do we also have the Book of Mormon then? Joseph Smith said it best in his personal history when talking about the Second Great Awakening, an American Christianity revival that was occurring during his lifetime: "the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible." In this scenario, there were two ways to solve the problem: either have someone with God's authority declare what the scripture meant, or discover more scripture that is more direct and could help settle doctrinal questions. God graciously gave us the greatest miracle yet: both a man with God's authority and a new, simple, and straightforward book of scripture, all through his servant Joseph Smith. With the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and constant direction from a prophet appointed by God, the Church has flourished and correctly interprets doctrine as God intends us to. Thanks to the Bible, and subsequently the Book of Mormon and modern day prophets, the era of confusion is over. Show more Show less