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Hi I'm Glenn Partridge

Watching how Mormons lived their lives with a natural sense of purpose attracted my attention and I wanted to know more.

About Me

My wife, Ann, and I were married for 43 years, joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1970. We are the parents of five, grand parents of fourteen and great-grand parents of four. I grew up in a small town in the mid-west but, have traveled or lived all over the United States. I have been a Chiropractic physician over half my adult life while Ann was kept busy being a homemaker for our active family mostly. While I have retired from professional work, thanks to the Church, my opportunities to serve are expanding.

Why I am a Mormon

We were each raised in traditional Protestant faiths. Within a few weeks of getting married, we began coming in contact with members of the church. We noticed there was something special about them. I found these people very friendly but more than that, they had a sense of purpose in their lives that made them comfortable to be around. Although we socialized with some of them almost on a daily basis, the topic of religion did not come up for almost six months. When it did, the conversation was relaxed and informal. What impressed me the most was the explanation of Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness for all of his children. It explained God's purpose for us, where we came from, why we are here on Earth and where we go after our mortal life is over. I finally understood where that sense of purpose I had noted came from. It didn't take us long to decide to join this church and we have raised our family in the faith for 40 years now. While my wife and I are each the only members of the church in our immediate families, we are now four generations deep in the church with our dependents. The scriptures teach "By their fruits you shall know them". As I look at each of my children, I am humbled by their personal integrity and devotion to their own families.

How I live my faith

We believe that Heavenly Father's main purpose for his children is to help them find eternal happiness through living his gospel. Every commandment he has given us is for that purpose. If we desire this eternal joy in our lives, all we have to do is live the commandments by following the perfect example of the living Savior, Jesus Christ. I have served in many positions in the local congregations where I have lived. I have been a Sunday School Teacher for both youth and adult classes as well as head of the Young Men program for boys age 12 to 18. I have also served in various administrative positions. At the time of this writing, I am serving as a local missionary. Likewise, my wife has served mostly in the children's program (called Primary) as a teacher but she has also served as president of the women's organization (Relief Society) and as I mentioned above is currently a teacher in that auxiliary as well. Outside of our church duties we try to be the best of neighbors. In the winter time I use my snowblower to clear the driveways of my neighbors and one of them in turn lets me use their rototiller to work my garden.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Glenn Partridge
In the Bible, Jesus taught his desciples, John 10:16 "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." The Bible is silent on who the Savior was refering to, he never visited any other people while he ministered in and around Jerusalem. On page 438 of the Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 15:21, the resurrected Jesus declared to the people, "And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold. . ." Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Glenn Partridge
The Church was once described as: "Not a showcase for Saints but a hospital for Sinners". There are no dress "requirements" for worshiping our Savior, Jesus Christ. However, Church dress should be simple, modest and the best we have available for worshiping the Lord. Families are encouraged to attend church and sit together, including those with little children. If the little ones become restless, they can be taken out until they calm down and then brought back in. We keep Sunday as the Lord's Sabath and commemorate his birth at the traditional Christmas holiday as well as his literal resurection at Easter time. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Glenn Partridge
In one word : SERVICE When Jesus established his church during his mortal ministry, not only did he teach the principal of SERVICE, he lived it. Everything we do in the church is in some way and act of SERVICE in behalf of someone else. A scripture on page 148 of The Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:17, states, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." In the Bible, Mathew 25, Jesus taught, "44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me." Giving selfless service is the most gratifying experience one can have in this life. Members of the church can be found worldwide giving assistance when needed and especially in times of natural disasters. When calamity strikes, you will often find church members among the first on site wearing their distinctive yellow "Helping Hands" T-shirts. Show more Show less