Hi I'm Paul
I was raised in a little community in Chihuahua, Mexico and grew up in a bilingual family that is at home in two different cultures. My wife and I are the parents of 6 wonderful children who are very active and keep us on our toes. I work as the Comptroller for a manufacturing company in Arizona as well as an adjunct faculty member for a local community college district. I am an active citizen and find great fulfillment serving on boards and committees that focus on improving our community. I am a volunteer leader for the Boy Scouts of America, serving in leadership capacities at the district level as well as for my local Cub Scout Pack.
I have found that the key to happiness is to live God's laws and be close to Him. I was raised a Mormon, but I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of the joy I find in the gospel message found there. As a child I was taught that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me and that he has a plan for my happiness. As an adult this plan has given meaning to my life, comfort in times of sorrow, and increased joy in the little moments that make life the beautiful experience it is. I am especially grateful for the knowledge that families are central to God's plan for the happiness of His children, and that they will continue on into eternity if we choose to live God's law. I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. I know that Christ's sacrifice not only opens the doors for us to return to God's presence, but also allows him to feel after us as we experience the joys and sorrows of life. The message of the Gospel - that Jesus Christ has opened a way for us to return to God's presence - is a message of surpassing worth for all of us. That is why God has inspired prophets to testify of Christ and record their testimonies in books we call scriptures. The Holy Bible is one of these books and contains God's word to us. The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, is another book of scripture. I have read both books numerous times and know that they are the word of God to us today. I know that the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon are true. Both of them have increased my faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that God continues to speak to prophets in our day and that if we will pay attention to their messages we will draw closer to a loving Father in Heaven who wants our happiness. God is our Father, and he is not an absentee parent. The manifestations of his love for us and involvement in our lives are all around us. All we have to do is open our eyes to see them.
One of the blessings of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the opportunity to give service to others. Sometimes this service comes through formal assignments, but most often it comes by putting us in a community of people who take an interest in each others' happiness and well being. Most of my formal church assignments have involved me with the youth in our church, and I have worked in the Scouting organization for well over 20 years at both the unit and district level. I currently serve as a Cubmaster. I also have three families from my neighborhood that I visit each month. Outside of my church assignments, I serve as the Roundtable Commissioner for the Mesa District's Cub Scout leaders as well as an at-large member of the Mesa District Scout Committee. I have served as the chairman of a political party in one of the local legislative districts and have been a delegate to local, county, state and national conventions. I serve on the training committee for Scouting in my local district and have participated in numerous adult leader training sessions.