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Hi I'm Paul Johnson

I'm just a normal guy. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just a normal, fun-loving guy with many, varied interests and with a great religion and great friends & family. I am a patent attorney, but much of my joy in life comes from outside my vocation - I love my friends and my family. I come from a stereotypically huge Mormon family: 9 kids, only one of which was a girl. I love having great friends and I love making people laugh - it's probably my second favorite pastime right behind long, interesting conversations. I appreciate and enjoy my religion, and I actually believe it. I enjoy talking with others about it, but I also love talking about many other topics.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior, that he died for me and on the third day rose again, and that through him I can repent of my sins. I believe he is the Son of God and that I must humble myself before him to achieve true and lasting happiness in this life and the next. I believe all religions have much good in them. Many believe in Christ and try to follow his teachings. I consider myself a Christian inasmuch as Christ is at the center of my personal beliefs and worship. I am grateful I have some moral and theological overlap with fellow Christians and with many non-Christians. I believe organized religion is not bad, and is indeed a creation of the Savior, in that he formally organized his church during his lifetime by calling leaders and organizing them into a framework suited for carrying out his purposes. I believe there was a general apostasy from that church he had organized, culminating in the killing of many of those leaders. I believe that God, being a pragmatic God, allowed the world to generally fall into this period of apostasy and withdrew His church and authority as opposed to forcing his truths upon the world. I believe that in the early 1800s, after God had done much to prepare the world for a restoration of his church, this restoration occurred beginning with an appearance of God the Father and Jesus Christ to a young boy named Joseph Smith in upstate New York, who was called to be a modern-day prophet. It is my testimony that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is essentially the same "organized religion" formed by the Savior in His day, but that it was formed by the Savior in our day. I believe the church effectively teaches me his Gospel and helps me to more fully live it, allows me to receive saving ordinances necessary for me to return to God's presence, and allows me to take part in God's work on the earth. Because I believe these things, I am a Mormon, and I consider myself no greater than anyone else, Christian or otherwise.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the two "great" commandments of loving God and loving my neighbor. I try to love God by keeping his Commandments. "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). For me this involves a daily effort to follow his teachings and the teachings of his past and current Prophets and Apostles. I try to love my neighbor by nourishing healthy and happy relationships with my family and with those around me, trying to be a kind and considerate person, trying to sacrifice and think of others and not so much of myself all the time, trying to give service when I can and to help others, trying to be an honest laborer and to do good in the world, etc. Basically, living the Golden Rule. Like everyone, I do not perfectly live up to these ideals, and so I also live my faith by repenting, turning to God, seeking His forgiveness, not giving up, trying to do better, seeking to right any wrongs, seeking to forgive others and seeking their forgiveness, etc.