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Hi I'm Paul A Jarvis

A career educator from Pismo Beach, CA--I am set to serve a senior mission in the Canada, Calgary Mission. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I recently retired from a career as an English teacher and school administrator. I began teaching high school and junior high school English, became a high school assistant principal and subsequently an elementary and middle school principal. I love working with kids and encouraging them to be happy, learned, productive people. I enjoy sports and enjoy coaching boys and/or girls football, baseball, basketball, and volleyball at various levels. I continue to play basketball in a local city league (the core of the team has been together for nearly 30 years). I am the father of five and have four grandchildren. Both my boys served missions (Puerto Rico & Cape Verde) and, gratefully, all my children were married in the temple. My wife and I enjoy both the beach and the mountains. We loved kayaking, hiking, and finding swimming holes. A convert at age 26, I have been blessed with many leadership opportunities within the church. My wife and I are currently preparing to serve in the Canada Calgary Mission--doing member and leadership support and working as digital communications specialists. We will have the pleasure of promoting and publicizing all the wonderful, faith-promoting activities and service projects sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

At 26 years old, I was at a crossroads. Something was "missing" in my life. I resigned my administrative job with ABC TV and decided to obtain my teaching credential. By chance, I met a newly returned sister missionary and began studying the gospel with her and some current missionaries. I felt the spirit right away; the message was simple but profound--new yet familiar. Everything these representatives of the Savior said about the gospel being restored to the earth and about God's great plan of redemption made sense to me. I prayed to know the church was true and was blessed to receive a confirmation through the Holy Ghost. I was baptized in the spring of 1983 and moved to the central coast of California to begin my teaching career. It was truly a series of "miracles" that led me to the waters of baptism. The Lord placed some choice individuals in my path to help strengthen my testimony and help me through the conversion process. Having moved, I came to another crossroads. I was in a new place and did not know anybody connected with the church. I was the only member in my family. I wondered if I joined the church because I enjoyed dating the returned missionary, or because I had a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ? The first Sunday in my new home, I again prayed to know if the Book of Mormon, translated by a latter-day prophet, Joseph Smith, was true. I also prayed to know if I had joined the same church that the Savior had organized when he was on the earth. I received an overwhelming spiritual response--a resounding "Yes." I attended church that sunny day in 1983 and have continued to attend. My testimony has grown over the years. I know that God lives; He hears and answers prayers. Jesus Christ, author of the Atonement, is my Savior and Redeemer. A prophet of God translated the Book of Mormon and a prophet, Thomas S. Monson, leads and directs our church today. I know these things to be true through the Spirit of God.

How I live my faith

As a school principal and youth sports coach, I regularly involved myself with the local community. Of late, my wife and I have been working with the local Christian Women's Food Pantry program. We love supporting this organization and helping those in need. I have spent many hours serving the Lord by participating in community projects and visiting members of my ward. Both my wife and I visit members of the congregation weekly. We strive to be friends with all our ward brothers and sisters. We develop a love for those whom we serve and don't want those who are struggling temporally or spiritually to feel like they are a "charity case" or someone's "project." Friends care for friends. I have served in many "bishoprics" (ward leadership team) over the years--accepting calls to be either a counselor, executive secretary, or ward clerk to seven different bishops. I had an opportunity to serve as a bishop for nearly seven years. I enjoyed working to plan our weekly services, counseling with members, and overseeing a variety of organizations within our ward including Sunday School and youth and children's programs. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to be of help to others to "...lift up the hands that hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees" of my ward brothers and sisters. I enjoy the fellowship of the congregation--working on service projects together, socializing at many uplifting ward activities (luaus, dances, hiking, camping, pancake breakfasts, and holiday dinners) and worshiping, praying and studying together. Members of the community know that I am a Mormon. They respect the values I hold and how I conduct myself. Community members are also keen observers. Church members, though far from perfect, should strive to be examples. The prophet, Thomas S. Monson, reminds us that we have a heritage and should honor it. We will meet temptation but should withstand it. We know the truth and must live it. We have a testimony and must share it.