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Hi I'm Paul

I'm ordinary. I have a wonderful life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm ordinary, but can grow. I was a middle child (3 of 5), a band nerd, a good student. I was on the small side, not physically strong, and deeply wanted to be an athlete, to be liked and respected. I made good choices. I made bad choices. I had friends, yet sometimes felt like a loner, a loser, and an outsider. I tried. I didn't make the baseball team, failed as a wrestler, and got seriously injured playing youth football. Then I started running. I lettered in track and cross country. As a young man I ran my first two marathons, the fastest in under 3 hours. I served an LDS mission to Spain, earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, and married a sweet, beautiful daughter of God. We've been blessed with 6 wonderful children (4 daughters, 2 sons). We adore our precious grandchildren. I've been a software programmer for 30+ years. I love creating, troubleshooting, and working with great people. After 20+ years of working and family raising, I returned to running. I've run numerous 5Ks, 10Ks, 1/2 marathons, marathons, 24-hour relay races, and one 50-mile ultra-marathon through the mountains. I've finished near the front and won my age division. I've struggled with injury and pain and lack of fitness. I've developed never-ending friendships, communed with God, and learned to endure. I've learned that strength comes from within, that consistent training is important, that pain can be endured, and that our limits are far beyond what we might think they are.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because being a Mormon means being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that He organized, that teaches the fullness of his true gospel, that has his authority, and that He continues to lead through his chosen prophets and apostles today. I choose to be a Mormon because I am striving to be a true follower of Jesus Christ and and become more like him everyday. Because of his mercy and grace, and through the priceless gifts of his Atonement and the Holy Spirit, I have hope, peace, love, and joy now, and the promise of everlasting life and joy throughout the eternities. I am so grateful to have access to truth, light, and knowledge directly from God. I can avoid the pitfalls of trusting blindly in only the limited and often faulty wisdom of man. I have put God's promises to the test. I have felt the wonderful joy of having the Spirit of God in my life when I've chosen to follow his guidance. I have also felt the sadness, sorrow, and pain when I've set aside his help and trusted in my own wisdom or the wisdom of the world. I have felt the sweet peace and guidance of the Spirit too many times to deny it. I have my own personal witness of God's love and power. I have read and studied Book of Mormon almost daily for many years and tried to apply the principles it teaches in my life. I have a personal witness that it is what it claims to be and that it contains word of God. I know Joseph Smith had mortal weakness like all of us, but I also know he was called of God to restore the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the last days. I have listened to, studied, and tried to apply the teachings of God's living prophets throughout my life. I know they are inspired men of God. Jesus taught that "by their fruits ye shall know them." Anyone with an open mind can see the bounteous fruits of being a Mormon. I have personally tasted of that fruit and been richly nourished. I am a Mormon because it is true and greatly blesses my life.

How I live my faith

Knowing I am weak and simple, and that my loving Heavenly Father can make far more of me and my life than I can, I seek his help everyday through prayer and gospel study. I diligently strive to follow Jesus Christ, keep his commandments, and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I am so grateful for the organization of his church. I know it is led by living prophets and apostles. I willingly accept callings to serve, and it has blessed my life in so many ways. I have taught and played the piano for the young children. I have taught and camped and served with cub scouts and boy scouts, youth, and young single adults. I have led and served with humble, righteous men who lovingly sacrifice and serve their spiritual brothers and sisters because of their love for our common Heavenly Father. I have sat in leadership councils that preside over a single congregation and multiple congregations. I've seen the inspiration and power of God work through humble, righteous men who seek only to do God's work and will. I have regularly visited families in their homes to watch over and help them, and have likewise been watched over and witnessed my family served and cared for. While I often fall short, I diligently strive to follow Jesus Christ and become more like him as I try to obey his commandments and serve my brothers and sisters. I'm so grateful that because of his resurrection and atonement, I can eventually overcome my sins and weakness, even if it takes well beyond the end of my mortal life. For every humble effort, or so-called sacrifice, I am rewarded in wonderful ways.