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Hi I'm Patrick...

and I'm a Latter-day Saint.

About Me

After God, my wife, and my Family, the two loves of my life have been music and skateboarding. I love music for the emotional effect that it has on me, and value the positive impact that it can have on other people. Skateboarding might have a bad rap, but the natural rush that I get while popping an ollie over a fire hydrant or catching some big air on a halfpipe helps me to realize just how amazing these vehicles called bodies that God has given to us are!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Latter-day Saint first and foremost because I believe the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, that Jesus Christ was chosen to, and did save all men from physical death and the spiritual death that would otherwise come after a sentence for breaking God's laws. I look up at the night sky and stand in awe of everything I can see, and knowing the true nature and character of God makes me reverence him even more because of the power and majesty he posesses that enables him to bring order to the vast cosmos! The most compelling reason is knowing about God's literal relationship to me, and that I am not here as a pawn or experiment, but as a joint-heir with his Son, Jesus Christ, and will one day be like him if I remain faithful!

How I live my faith

My philosophy on life is that a person should use the education that he/she has gained to make correct life decisions. Learning the Gospel of Jesus Christ has given me the knowledge that I need to make the right choices when put in tough situations. To me, my faith in God has helped me to develop more than just a religious perspective on the world, but also a practical view which has enabled me to understand that things are the way they are for good reasons, and that I don't have to rely on the "just because" mentality and stay in the dark. The way that I live my faith is simple: Follow the counsel of the Apostles and Prophets of old in scripture, but give even more heed to the living Apostles and Prophets.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We perform baptisms for the dead because of God's love and mercy for all of His children, and because it is part of the Plan of Salvation. There is ample evidence that pre-creedal Christians also practiced Baptisms for the Dead and the Bible even mentions it. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Absolutely. Keep in mind that just because Moses is iconic doesn't mean that he wasn't a real person with his own set of problems to work out with God, just like everybody else. The fact is that the Bible tells us that Christ ordained Prophets in His Church, and it also says that there will be Prophets in the last days. Why not believe in the Bible's words after gaining a testimony of its truth? Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Do Mormons believe that they are saved by Grace? Yes Do Mormons believe that they are saved by Works? No, but Jesus himself said that they are necessary. The scriptures also state that He is the judge, so if you ask me, it is wise to listen to Him vs. taking a couple of scriptures out of context. Show more Show less

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

Exactly where in the Americas Jesus visited is unknown and open to debate, but there are some who believe that it was close to Tabasco, Mexico, where we have coincidentally built one of our Temples. There may be no physical proof of his visit per se, but there is cultural and geological evidence, not to mention a reference in the Bible as well as the actual account in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less