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Hi I'm Paul

I'm an Architect who doesn't wear funny glasses. I'm a geek who, instead of cars, builds web sites. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an architect... who's still waiting for the best client. I am a father... of three really great kids. I am a husband....who married up. Way up. I am a member of a stake presidency... and enjoy working with the members of our stake. I have been a bishop... and miss it. I have served a mission in Finland... and look forward to going back with my wife. I spent a short time in the military.... a long time ago. I'm a geek. Some guys work on cars for a hobby, I work on web sites. I still love Legos... and wish I had more time to play with them. When I was 14, my teacher's quorum adviser told us that we would always love the music of our youth - that which we loved before we went on our missions. He was right. I live in the Midwest but miss the mountains of Utah. My cultural heritage is as much Finnish as it is American. My mother, a convert from Finland, and father who served a mission in Finland, passed along their love of the country and people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. I was raised in the Church. Those things, though, weren't enough to make me an active member. It's hard being an active member. It requires sacrifice - sometimes of good things in life, for better and even the best things. I might even say it requires sacrifice for the essential things of eternity. I'm a Mormon, or maybe better stated, I have a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that came over time through many instances and confirmations. I've never had one of "those" experiences that I could give a date and time. But the sum of the experiences is more than enough. And those experiences continue... from my call to serve a 2 year mission to Finland to being called as a bishop and finally in my current responsibility as a counselor in a stake presidency and many others... to build and strengthen my conviction that the Book of Mormon is the revealed word of God and Jesus is the Christ.

How I live my faith

Mostly, I try to live it every day. All of the commandments teach us about our relationship with God or other people. The commandments teach us to love God and all of His children. His commandments help me remember how to treat my children. They guide me in my relationship with my wife. They help me interact with those with whom I do business. I also enjoy serving as a counselor in a stake presidency. Through this opportunity I am able to meet many of the members in our stake. I'm able to hear their stories and help them in their quest to live their faith. I have the opportunity to bear testimony of Christ in each ward or branch I attend and this opportunity strengthens my testimony of His divinity and atonement.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Paul
All Mormons are member missionaries, so we're all "serving a mission" all the time. However, only single young men ages 19 to 26 are expected but not required to go. Single women older than 21 may also serve missions, if they so choose. Retired couples also serve missions. I think they have the most fun. I look forward to that time. I served in Finland when I was 19. It was a fantastic experience that strengthened my testimony of Jesus Christ and let me share it with the good people of Finland. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Paul
A ward is a congregation that lives in a defined geographical area. A branch is like a ward, but usually have smaller congregations. A stake is a group of wards and/or branches within a defined geographical area. A ward or branch would be like a parish, and a stake would be like a dioceses. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Paul
Temples are places where we make sacred covenants with God. Those covenants help us live better lives and become more like Jesus Christ. In order to make those covenants our lives need to be in harmony with Christ's teachings. We prepare ourselves by living His commandments. We then are held accountable to Him through an interview process with our local leaders to help us feel ready to make the covenants. Only members prepared to live according to Christ's commandments are able to attend the temple. In the temple perform rites and ceremonies that symbolize our accepting of these covenants. Through these rites and ceremonies we are taught and able to learn by through personal revelation those things that will help us in our lives. Show more Show less