Hi I'm Patrick
I am just a regular guy doing what I can to provide for my family and live a good life. I served in Iraq with the US Army from 2005-2006. I like to read, listen to music, and help others as much as I can.
Why I am a Mormon
I am Mormon because LDS service at Basic Training was 2 hours long and every other service was 1 hour long and attending LDS services meant an additional hour away from the Drill Sergeants! While attending sacrament and Sunday school in Basic Training I could feel the power of the Holy Ghost like I did back when I was a child attending Church. I knew that there was something here that I had not felt in a long time and knew that I needed to know why. I received the military version of the Book of Mormon (the little red book) and commenced to read it as quickly as I can. Of course all you can read in Basic Training is Training Manuals and Religious Scriptures, so when we got the rare break or had down time I had something different to read. As I read the Book of Mormon prayerfully I came to know that it was true and that Joseph Smith had to be a Prophet to have been able to of translated this Book. At that time I started reading the missionary lessons (no visitors allowed at Basic Training) and was interviewed from Baptism upon the self completion of the lessons. One cold Sunday morning in October at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri I knelt in a small kiddy pool behind our chapel (did I mention it was very cold out) and was baptized. Then rushed back inside, cause it was REALLY cold, to be confirmed and ordained to the office of Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood. I know that this Church is true and that the through the saving ordinances, like baptism, we can all receive a fullness of joy and return to our Heavenly Fathers presence spotless and pure. All because of Jesus' loving atonement for our transgressions.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
I share the Gospel with my friends and co workers by example. I live a life that is blessed with the joy and love of Jesus Christ. I also invite them to read the Book of Mormon and to receive the missionary lessons. I share the gospel with friends and co-workers because it is a commandment from Jesus Christ, and I want them to feel the love and joy of living a Christ like life.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is how I can communicate with Heavenly Father, through the median of prayer I can tell God how I am grateful for his blessings. Ask him questions that I need guidance on, and receive answers to my questions. I pray throughout the day and lead my family in prayer each morning, evening, and before family meals.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
To learn of our heritage, and to be able to find out which of our ancestors need to have the saving ordinances performed for them in a temple by proxy.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon has helped me understand the purpose of life because though the Book of Mormon I know that this life is a preparatory period to get ready for the rest of time. We have precious little time to prepare to meet our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. I think of this and it helps motivate me to not procrastinate on matters of spiritual importance, because we do not have forever to prepare, we only have a set amount of time to spend how we desire. If we spend it wisely we will be well rewarded by our Father and given rule over many things, if we squander it then we will lose everything.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
We go on missions to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 18:19-20 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
I feel overjoyed to be in this final dispensation of the fullness of time. We are blessed with the restored Gospel which has answered many of the questions I had about God and had enabled me to place my faith in Jesus Christ. I know that the restored Gospel is the word of God, that it has restored the plain and precious truths that were lost.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon has brought me closer to God by adding an additional testament of Jesus Christ. Through the Book of Mormon plain and precious truths are restored to the Gospel that give a fullness and allows me to get a better understanding of the Bible and God's plan for me.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
Making right choices reinforces good behaviors and habits that naturally lead us to making more good choices. A great General once said "Everyone knows what the right thing to do is, the hard part is having the courage to do it"
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
We study scripture and pray together. We take time to enjoy activities together and do our best to show each other the love and gratitude we each deserve.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost has helped me most in his role as the Comforter. He has helped comfort and bring peace to my life while I have dealt with the scars of war and the loss of several good friends in combat. Without the comfort and peace that the Holy Ghost brings I would be in a terrible amount of emotional pain.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
I think the best lesson I have ever learned from the Lord through the scriptures in found in John 12:47 "I came not to judge the world, but to save the world." There is so much evil in the world today because of judgement. Prejudice is the sole source of hate, pain, suffering, and war in these uncertain times. But Christ came not to judge but to save, this tells me if you judge people you cannot save people. We are here to love each other and help each other without judgement. I am not perfect at this myself but knowing the teachings of Christ help me devote my life to becoming more like him and to not judge the world but to save it!
How has attending Church services helped you?
It has strengthens my testimony of the Gospel and my faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ each week. It has also introduced me to dozens of wonderful people who have enriched my life and with whom I have created uplifting friendships.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
Through the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know of no better source of peace and harmony in the world then the wonderful teachings of Jesus Christ and his message of hope, love, and peace. Every home can become more loving, caring, and harmonious through the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
I know and testify that Joseph Smith was as Prophet of God, that he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and that on that eventful day in 1920 that the Lord called him as the Prophet and Seer of the Restoration. I know that by the power of God he translated the Book of Mormon from the Golden Plates and that those plates contain the records of many ancient prophets from the Americas. I know that Joseph Smith lived great and died great in the eyes of God and his people, that he loved Jesus Christ and up until his dying breath he professed the truth of the Restored Gospel to all he met! I know that in June of 1944 that he sealed his testimony with is own blood when he was martyred in while being held in Carthage Jail. I know that he still does the work of the Lord in the Spirit World and look forward to the day when I can meet him and know this great Prophet of God personally.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
Our family has made decisions to limit the media that enters our home, we have gotten rid of old and less reverent movies and music and replaced it with more uplifting and reverent media choices. We made the decision to study the scriptures together regularly and to do our best to hold Family Home Evening and family prayer. We do not always do everything perfectly but we strive constantly to improve and prepare to be an eternal family!
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
I have been blessed with a loving wife and wonderful friends. I have been blessed with the peace that can only come from the Savior. I have found healing from the emotional scars of the past especially the scars of war. I know through my faith in Jesus Christ that the friends of mine who fell defending freedom I will see again and that they will have the chance in the Spirit World to receive the Restored Gospel if they desire too. This is a wonderful blessing to know that my Redeemer lives!
How I live my faith
I currently serve with my wife Bridget as a ward missionary. We teach newly baptized members the new member lessons which reinforce and build upon the missionary lessons investigators are taught. I regularly go out with our full time missionaries to help teach investigators the gospel lessons and help prepare them for baptism. I serve others as much as I can to stay humble and follow the example of the Savior. I most enjoy helping visitors and investigators feel welcome and become "part of the group" at our meetings. It is a blessing to be able to represent our Lord Jesus Christ by extending a warm welcome to those seeking to learn about the restored Gospel and how it will bless there lives.