Hi I'm Patrick
I grew up in Massachusetts. I'm a US Army Combat Veteran, and I'm a Mormon.
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.
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.