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Hi I'm C. Paunov

My husband and I love to travel and I enjoy teaching geography. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi. I'm a high school geography teacher. My husband is a sculptor and art teacher and he, too, is a member of the Church. We don't have any children of our own, but we have touched many children through our teaching. I joined the Church while I was a student at University. As my testimony grew, I decided I needed to share the good news with others. I was blessed to serve a full-time mission for the Church in Europe. I then returned to college to complete the BS degree and evenually obtained a law degree. So what's a lawyer doing teaching high school social studies? I was encouraged to do so by one of my law students. She said I was a natural. So I tried it for a year. That was a long time ago! I love having my summers off, which gives me time to do scrapbooking, boating and family history. We love to travel, too, which is great for a geography teacher. ! This past year, we went to the Republic of Korea!

Why I am a Mormon

I had known several Mormons growing up, but it was while in college that a friend bore her testimony and challenged me to find out for myself if the Church was true. Frankly, I read the Book of Mormon so that I could refute it. It didn't exactly turn out the way I expected! The Book of Mormon is scripture and no boy with three years of education could have written it. Since the Book of Mormon is true, everything else follows -- Joseph Smith was a prophet, he was commanded to restore the original church established by Jesus Christ, our Savior and elder brother, and within the Church's temples, families can be bound for time and eternity.

How I live my faith

I am the Employment Specialist in my local congregation. I love working with members who are looking for a new job or upgrading an existing one. The Church's resoures are really outstanding and they make my job easier. It is so rewarding to see members become more self-sufficient.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

C. Paunov
No, we are not required to serve a mission, but from my own experience, it is one that can literally change your life and the lives of those with whom you come in contact. Young men and older couples are urged to go on missions. Young women are encouraged, too. I had only been a member of the Church less than two years after I was baptised and it was a great experience. I had wanted to serve an English-speaking mission, but the Lord had other plans for me. I thought I couldn't learn a foreign language -- thank goodness I was wrong. A mission changes your world view. I believe that members who have served a mission are more cosmopolitan. Many of us speak a foreign language fluently. I still have an abiding interest in the country I served in, even to the point of cheering for their national team in World Cup! Unless, of course, they are playing the United States. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

C. Paunov
I so remember my own wedding in one of the Church's temples. In temples, men who have received a special calling can "seal" families for time and eternity. We were promised that if we were faithful to the covenants we had made, that death would not separate us. We are like any other couple. Marriage is hard work! But when the going gets tough, we remember those promises made in t he temple and realize it's worth the effort. Show more Show less