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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, as well as reading and sports with my brothers. I did cross country, track, and soccer in high school. I was in my school's Vocal Jazz and enjoyed singing with my friends. I enjoyed taking calculus and physics and was the valedictorian. I love to play jazz, pop songs, and hymn arrangements on the piano. I enjoy reading fiction. I am currently leaving to serve an LDS mission in Rancho Cucamonga, California, after which I will 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, as the book directs, for a confirmation that the history, principles, and words of the prophets were true and of God. I received a confirmation, a sort of powerful feeling I came to know as a testimony. As I have learned to listen to God's counsel more and more, my testimony grew. God loves us. He cares about us. He wants to bless us. In order to receive those blessings, he gave us scriptures and tells us that if we read them and believe, we can receive those blessings. If you read the words of 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 into the Church 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 achieve the highest goal of 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 avoid music, movies, and language that is dirty or does not have a good message. This keeps my thoughts happy and clean. I try my best to be kind to all those around me, and to serve and include those people. I have worked hard towards an education because it enriches my life and will one day allow me the resources to serve others in an even better way. I read my scriptures daily so that I can stay close to God and learn how to further improve myself. The Church provides me with responsibilities and duties to help me stay fulfilled and happy, to help me grow spiritually, and to serve others through me. I am the leader of my 16-17 young men's group. This involves planning fun activities that us boys will enjoy, as well as looking out for the boys and inviting them to come to church.

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

Paul
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