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Hi I'm Patrick

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

About Me

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.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Patrick
We say that the Bible is part of the Holy Scriptures (along with the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price) and that the Bible is the word of God as far as it is correctly translated. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Patrick
Our services are broken up into three hour long sessions that revolve around teaching the scriptures. Generally the first hour is the Sacrament meeting, a hymns are sung, a opening prayer is offered, ward business is conducted, the Sacrament or Communion is taken by members, and speakers present gospel messages (except for holidays and testimony Sundays when other events occur). After Sacrament meeting there different things happening for different groups according to age and gender. For children (18 months to 11 years) there is Primary which lasts for 2 hours. For older children and adults (12 years +) there is two 1 hours session, the first session if Sunday School where they are taught more Gospel Principals or Gospel Doctrine. The second session is separated by gender and age. For Men 12 year + you have our Priesthood Meetings there is a meeting for all young men and men. Then we break off into our Priesthood Quorums which are broken down by Priesthood office held. Young women (12-17) have a young woman meeting and adult women (17 +) have Relief Society which is a womans organization that helps people around the world through charitable service. In both the mens and womens groups scripture is taught as well as group business taken care of. It can be confusing the first time you attend (and we invite all to attend) an LDS meeting because it is a lot of classes and moving around to do. But it is a worth while experience. Also know that while we encourage investigators to attend all Sunday meetings you are more than welcome to only attend 2 or even 1 of the 3 meetings. Attending meetings is a process that is individual and takes some getting used to. Do not overwhelm yourself at first, if needed take it a little slower so your can feel more comfortable! Show more Show less

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

Patrick
Yes! I know that there is a prophet like Moses alive today. His name is Thomas S. Monson and he is the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through the power of the Holy Ghost I testify to you that he is the living prophet and that his prophetic calling shows that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Patrick
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints you must: 1. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior 2. Repent of your past transgressions and start living the commandments of God 3. Be Baptized by full immersion by someone holding the proper priesthood authority 4. Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by laying on of hands. This seems like a lot of work but there will be plenty of guidance and help available from the missionaries and your future ward members, we are here to help all return to the presence of God and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Patrick
Many ancient prophets from the Americas wrote the Book of Mormon. There writings were complied and abridged by the prophet/historian Mormon into what is now refereed to as the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Patrick
The restoration of the Gospel was needed because plain and precious truths were lost from the time of Christ until the restoration took place. Without the restoration the Gospel had some missing pieces and lots of the Gospel were misinterpreted or misrepresented to people. With the restoration we have a fullness of the Gospel and have the restored ability to receive revelation and for the prophet to receive the guidance of God for the benefit of the World. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Patrick
Self reliance is important to Mormons because to allows us to dedicate ourself more fully to God. If we are burdened with unnecessary debt and poor fiscal habits it can distract us from God. If we prepare for Emergencies we will be better equipped to survive and help others around us survive. God can only work through willing and prepared servants. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Patrick
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God as far as it is correctly translated. The Bible is Holy Scripture and we read and study the Bible along with the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Patrick
HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations. THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed. WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. (From The Family: A Proclamation to the World) I am so grateful for the Prophet and his ability to provide us with important guidance like is found in this proclamation. I encourage all to read it! It can be found at http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,161-1-11-1,00.html Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Patrick
The Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are a diverse group of people from various backgrounds, occupations, nationalities, and ethnicities. I am sure if you ask around you will find co-workers, neighbors, or friends who are Mormon! Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Patrick
Mormon women are modest and virtuous women who have self respect and are beacons of light in a world that has made women nothing more than worthless objects of lust. Mormon women are leaders in there jobs and loving sacrifice with there spouse to endure there children are raised in a strong God loving home. Mormons have always believed in the equality of men and women. Husband and Wife are equal partners in raising children. Husbands are head of the household but can only accomplish this important task with the advice and help of there wives. On a national level the Utah Territory (where the early LDS members lived) was a leader in the womans suffrage movement. Women had the right to vote in Utah from 1870 (second in the nation to do so) until the Federal Government disenfranchised Utah Territory women in 1893, women's voting rights in Utah were restored in 1895 when Utah became the 45th State (3rd to allow women to vote) to join the Union. On a national level woman did not gain the right to vote until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Patrick
The purposes of the welfare services of the Church is to provide assistance to those in need. Just like our Savior went to help those in need we too go to the aid of those in need, to follow the examples he showed to us. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Patrick
If Apostles were only meant to be around during the time of Jesus Christ then the 11 Apostles that remained after Jesus ascended to heaven wouldn't of cast there lots and chosen Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot after he committed suicide. Since the Church of Jesus Christ in ancient times was guided by 12 Apostles the restored Church of Jesus Christ (the LDS Church) is guided by 12 Apostles. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Patrick
God has allowed the practice of plural marriage throughout time. You find numerous examples in the old testament; Abraham, Issac, Jacob (Israel), Solomon, and David to name a few. In the early days of the Church on a very limited basis men were allowed to take more than one wife with the approval of there current spouse(s) and the First Presidency of the Church. This practice continued until US Federal Law banned plural marriage and Church President Wilford Woodruff declared that the Saints would obey the law of the land like God commanded us to in Doctrine and Covenants 58:21 "Let no man break the laws of the land, for he that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land." Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Patrick
We are asked to tithe or donate 10% of our income to the Church because it is a commandment of God that traces it's origins back to Book of Genesis. Without our tithes the Church wouldn't be able to build chapels, temples, print Books of Mormon, or do any humanitarian work. Our tithes help spread the gospel and the love of Christ to the world. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Patrick
"Members of of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints must not submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for an abortion. . . . Church leaders have said that some exceptional circumstances may justify an abortion, such as when the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, when the life or health of the mother is judged by competent medical authority to be in serious jeopardy, or when the fetus is known by competent medical authority to have serve defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. But even these circumstances do not automatically justify an abortion. Those who face such circumstances should consider abortion only after consulting with there local Church leaders and receiving a confirmation through prayer." (True to the Faith: A Gospel Reference, page 4) Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Patrick
In the words of President Hinckley "The lord has put it that way". While only men hold priesthood offices in the Church there is plenty of leadership positions in the Church filled by women such as Relief Socity, Primary, and Young Women leadership. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Patrick
We believe that the Godhead is made up of three separate persons. Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have perfected and immortal bodies of flesh and blood, while the Holy Ghost is only a personage of spirit and does not have a body. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Patrick
The Church finances its operations through the tithes of the members of the Church. In accordance to the commandments of God, Church members tithe at least 10% of there income to the Church to fund the work of the Lord on the Earth. Many members give than 10% and we are encouraged to give a fast offering the first Sunday of each month. A fast offering is when you fast for at least two consecutive meals and donate the money saved on food to help feed the hungry and provide for those in need. All church funds are donated by choice and without any pressure or demand from members or leadership. In fact tithes are strictly confidential only the member and there Bishop have knowledge whether or no a person is a tithes payer. The status or amount of your tithes are never discussed with members or any other person in the congregation for any reason. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Patrick
We come to know our Father in Heaven through the scriptures and prayer. We learn of Heavenly Father through the Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price, and the inspired words of the modern Prophets. Once we hear these words we pray to God to receive confirmation that the message is true, in the name of Jesus Christ. If they are true the Holy Ghost will confirm the truth to us. This confirmation can be expressed in many ways, a burning in your chest, a sense of peace, a still small voice, each person feels the Holy Ghost's presence differently. Through scripture study, pondering the messages, and prayer we can all grow closer to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Patrick
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of the Father and is himself a God. That he is the first born of the spirit children of the Father and the only person to have been conceived by God through the power of the Holy Ghost that overcame the Virgin Mary. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only man to have lived a sinless life and that he was the perfect sacrifice to provide the eternal atonement of our sins, and rose from the grave three days later. We believe that he lives today and sits at the right hand of the Father until the time for his Second Coming. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Patrick
The will discuss several things such as, the Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Commandments. They will also answer any questions or concerns you have about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and extend invitations to attend our meetings, social events, and they will ultimately extend an invitation to be baptized and become a member of the Church. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Patrick
Through scripture study, service to our fellow man, obedience to the commandments, and magnifying our callings in the Church. The list is much longer than this but this is some good examples. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Patrick
We live our lives (or more accurately do our best to live our lives) based on the happy and righteous standard of the Scriptures. The Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and the inspired teaching of our Priesthood Leadership show us the way to live happy and virtues lives that will prepare us for our eternal lives. Mormons live modestly, giving as much as they can to help those around them instead of building up hordes of luxuries. Some Mormons are well off and others are not but we all help each other to make each others burdens light (See Mosiah 18:8 in the Book of Mormon). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Patrick
We believe that after death our spirits go to the spiritual world. Those who have had the ordinances of salvation performed on Earth and accepted Jesus Christ as there savior go to spirit paradise also called as heaven. Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ or did but didn't have the proper ordinances performed are stuck in Spirit Prison. People from Spirit Paradise will go to Spirit Prison to preach the Gospel to those stuck there so they can choose to accept Jesus Christ as there savior and accept the ordinances of salvation performed by proxy in the temple. At this point they can leave spirit prison and go to spirit paradise. When Christ returns to the Earth those who have already passed away will be resurrected or rejoined with there immortal body. When the Day of Judgement comes we will all stand before Jesus Christ and the Apostles to be judged according to our deeds. We will each receive the reward of our deeds. Those who are washed clean as snow by the atonement through the saving ordinances and the grace of Jesus Christ will inherit the Celestial Kingdom where they will be able to become Gods, like our Heavenly Father (but not greater or better then he is because he is our Almighty God) and live in the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost forever. Those who lived morally good lives but due to there weakness or the deception of man never accepted Jesus Christ as there Savior will inherit the Terrestrial Kingdom. Here they can be visited by the Son and the Holy Ghost but can never see or feel the presence of the Father. Those who rejected the Savior and did not live morally will have to suffer in Spiritual Prison the full weight of there sins and after the millennial reign of Christ and the Day of Judgement will inherit the Telestial Kingdom. Here they can be visited by the Holy Ghost but can never see or feel the presence of the Father or the Son. For those who had a perfect knowledge (they had seen God or Jesus with there own eyes) and reject them or deny there existence they are cast into Outer Darkness. Here they spend eternity outside of the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost because they rebelled against God. This realm is reserved for Satan and his third of the Heavenly host who rebelled as well as any man who saw God in person and then refused to obey. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Patrick
Yes, husband and wife can be together longer than "till death do us part". This wonderful blessing is found in Section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Through the sealing ceremony (also knows as a temple marriage, or eternal marriage) performed in LDS temples around the world, families become eternally bound to each other. When this has happened death is not the end of the family ties, we will rejoin each other on the other side as an eternal family, never again to be separated or apart. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Patrick
Thomas Spencer Monson, the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the living prophet. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Patrick
We believe that after a person dies there spirit is separated from there body and they enter the after life. Here they reside until the Day of Judgement where they receive there eternal inheritance based the way they lived there life. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Patrick
The Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the name the Church of Christ, which was latter renamed the Church of Latter Day Saints (for legal reasons), and was renamed to comply with revelation by Christ to its current name in 1838. Since it was founded on April 6, 1830 with 6 members the Church has grown to 13,824,854 members in 28,424 Wards/Branches or congregations in 176 nations or territories around the world. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Patrick
By resisting the temptations of this world, by actively seeking to limit or remove pornographic images and movies from our communities, and by installing filters and blocks on our computers and TVs to prevent pornographic material from entering out homes. Parents must teach there children about the sinfulness and dangers of pornography and set good examples by not viewing polarography or allowing dirty jokes or other obscene material in the home. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Patrick
The priesthood is the authority to act on behalf of God. Jehovah (Jesus Christ) made the earth through the priesthood power of God. Moses parted the Red Sea by the Priesthood power of God, Jesus performed all his miracles through the Priesthood power. It is important to understand though that the priesthood is God's power not ours. He allows us to use it to do his will and his will alone. Only a worthy male, who has been ordained to the appropriate priesthood office acting in accordance to the will of God will have the ability to use this power. The priesthood cannot be bought of sold (Acts 8:18-20), one cannot take this power onto them self (Hebrews 5:4), and it cannot be used except in righteousness (Doctrine & Covenants 121:36). Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Patrick
We care and make sure that our members are taken care of. We reach out with help in times of need, and celebrate our accomplishments together as a spiritual family. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Patrick
My faith in Jesus Christ has strengthened my marriage because I strive to love my wife like Jesus loves me. This makes me a better husband and hopefully will make me a better father when we have children. Also through my faith in Jesus Christ I know that I do not have to mourn the loss of my family members when they pass away. I know that through the priesthood power families can be together for eternity! Show more Show less

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

Patrick
To show reverence to our Heavenly Father we ask that men/boys dress in shirt and tie and that women/girls dress in a modest dress or shirt and skirt. This is a request though and you will not be denied access to any services for not dressing in the requested manner. The rule of thumb is to dress in the nicest cloths that you have, for some that will not be a shirt and tie, or a dress/ skirt and blouse. The important thing is that you are attending services to learn of Christ and his love for you. If at any time you feel look down upon or left out for not having "appropriate" cloths talk with the missionaries or the Bishop because this is not appropriate behavior from our members toward investigators. We celebrate all the holidays, they also have pioneer day which commemorates the struggles of the migration to Utah by the Saints after the Prophet's martyrdom. We are very focused on family, charity, modesty, preparedness, living debt free, and virtuous living. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Patrick
This is a complicated question because some of the church Priesthood is paid. The General Authorities which consist of the First Presidency, The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and First two Quorums of the Seventies (as well as the Presidency of the Seventies) are full time position in the Church and those who hold these potions are not allowed to have other employment, because of this full time requirement they are given modest living allowances to provide for them and there families needs. The remainder of the priesthood holders are all unpaid, they work full time jobs and serve in there priesthood offices in a unpaid status even though some times these duties take 20 to 30 hours a week of there time. The main reason behind this is to combat the practice of some Christian groups to use preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and presiding in his Church as a way to gain material wealth instead of a service to God and Jesus Christ. This is refereed to as priestcraft and is a sin, it is discussed by the Prophet Alma the younger in the Book of Alma (which is in the Book of Mormon) chapter 1 verses 12 and 16. When someone preaches the word of God or does his work for material gain it is a sin and condemns the person soul. This is why we do not have a paid clergy, if it was not for the full time requirements of the General Authorities they too would be unpaid, but for these 109 men (out of a Church of 14 million members) there duties prevent them from working any other job and they are compensated for that with money gained through the Churches investments, not one cent of there compensation comes from the tithes all this money goes to maintain of the Church and to provide for the needy. No other Church can claim this for there clergy, they all make there salaries off of the tithes of the members, our clergy does not. Which is why they are called an unpaid clergy. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Patrick
We should have faith first in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We should also strive to have faith in each other so that we work, live, and interact with each other more harmoniously. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Patrick
Stake/Ward and District/Branch is the geographic boundaries of a congregation or congregations. A Stake is the primary geographic region for the Church that is made of several smaller congregations called Wards. A Stake is lead by a Stake President and two Councilors aided by 12 High Councilors (just like the Church is lead by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles). Inside a Stake is multiple wards which are lead by a Bishop and two councilors, the Ward is the basic geographic region and Ward are the backbone of the Church. Every Sunday and throughout the week each Ward meets to learn, study, socialize, and grow together. This is the same in the District / Branch System, this system is used in areas of the world where the Church is still developing and the members lack sufficient numbers and priesthood holders to organize into a Stake/Ward. A District holds the same responsibilities as a Stake and is lead by a District President and 12 district councilors (unlike a stake these men do not have to be high priests). A Branch follows after a ward it is lead by a Branch President and two councilors. Note that some Stakes do have branches (in the case of a under developed area in there stake or a singles branch if they lack young men priesthood holders) and that you can have Branches in areas that have no district (which is usually where the Church is very new) these Branches are overseen by the Mission President for whatever Mission they fall under. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Patrick
THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed. (From The Family: A Proclamation to the World) Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Patrick
The first vision is the beginning of the restoration. In 1820 a 14 year old Joseph Smith went to a grove to pray to God for guidance about which church to join. He was attacked by evil spirits when he attempted to pray and was saved by his faith. When he cried out to God, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ descended from the sky and saved him from his assailant. Jesus told Joseph that he was to join no church at this time because none were the true church. That Joseph would restore the Church of Christ to the Earth if he remained faithful to God.  Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Patrick
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the keystone of the Plan of Salvation, without the Atonement of Jesus Christ the Plan of Salvation falls apart. The Plan of Salvation is God's plan for our spirits to come to Earth receive a mortal body of flesh and bones (made in the image of God's immortal body of flesh and bones), and have the opportunity to make the choice to follow him or not while separated from him physically and spiritually via the veil of forgetfulness. With this veil of forgetfulness we have no memory of our premortal existence with God, that way we are not influenced by him. We choose what to do whether it be good or evil for ourselves. Good decisions bring closer to God and will allow us to become exalted like he is, the problem though it that evil decisions or sin will eternally separate us from God cause "no unclean thing can dwell with God" (1 Nephi 10:21). This sin is a major problem in the Plan of Salvation because as it is said in Romans 3:23 "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God". So all mankind will be doomed to eternal separation from God since we will all fall short of his Glory. Knowing this and having infinite mercy but unable to deny justice he sent the Great Mediator, the Prince of Peace, the Great I AM, Jesus Christ his firstborn in spirit and the only man to have a mortal mother (the Virgin Mary) and immortal father (God the Father). Being the Son of God in the Flesh he could not die, unless he choose to die (See John 10:18). Being born of a mortal he also had the veil of forgetfulness and had to live from grace to grace until he through faith received a fullness of God's plan for him (See D&C 93:12-13). He lived a perfect life never once disobeying the will of God. He took upon himself all the pain, sins, and evil of everyone that will ever live in the Garden of Gethsemane (See Luke 22: 37- 44). He carried that burden from the Garden through his three trials at the hands of Caiaphas the High Priest, Pontius Pilate the fifth Prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, and Herod Antipas the tetrarch of Galilee and Perea. He was then falsely condemned to die despite being found innocent three times. He was severely beaten and forced to carried his cross to Golgotha and where he was crucified. Upon the cross he suffered the full weigh of all our sins alone on the cross (See Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34). He then declared to the world "It the atonement is finished" (John 19:30) and said "Father, into thy hands I acommend my spirit" (Luke 23:46) and allowed himself to die. Three days later he rose from the grave as a resurrected immortal being and he lives today! Without this perfect sacrifice we would never be able to return to our Father after we pass away, we would also never be able to be reunited with out bodies once the spirit and body were separated at death. You see in the Old Testament that, the covenant people of God the Jews, would make sacrifices from the firstborn of there flocks for remission of sins, but only those with no blemish were acceptable unto God. Christ was the infinite sacrifice the firstborn of Mary perfect in every aspect both physically and spiritually, and through his sacrifice no other sacrifice is needed only faith and obedience to the commandments. I have no idea how this worked, how one man even a perfect man like Christ could take upon himself all the burdens, pains, suffering, and sin of all people that will ever live and be the one sacrifice to save all. This is one of the mysteries of God that will not be revealed until the veil is lifted on judgement day. For no man can fully understand the physical process of how the Atonement came to be, only that it did happen. Thankfully understanding this miraculous gift is not a requirement to be saved by it, and I know that it is the most wonderful gift ever given to mankind! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Patrick
The reason why is because there are millions if not billions who have lived and died without ever hearing the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be baptized for a remission of there sins by the proper priesthood authority. Jesus says in John 3:5 "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Without the ordinance of baptism performed in Earth people are doomed to damnation. god knows this and because of his love for us he orders us to perform these ordinances for our ancestors so they can choose to accept them in the spirit world before the Day of Judgement comes and they will no longer able to accept these saving ordinances. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Patrick
The Word of Wisdom is a modern revelation received by the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1833, it is found in our Doctrine and Covenants Section 89. The Word of Wisdom tells us to refrain from consuming tobacco, alcohol, and hot drinks (defined by Church Leadership as tea and coffee). It also advises us to eat lots of grains and vegetables and eat meat sparingly. It promises that those who faithfully adhere to these health rules will receive health, wisdom, energy, and help protect them from sickness and death. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Patrick
Family is important to Mormons because the first commandment of God to Adam was "Be fruitful, and multiply". The first thing man told God to do was to procreate, the first ordinance made was the marriage of Adam to Eve (Gen 2:24). The first commandment of God to mankind was to have children, directly following that commandment he married Adam to Eve. Showing them the way they should fulfill this commandment, through the bonds of holy matrimony. The importance of the Family is also explained in a document called "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" which can be found on lds.org Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Patrick
Relief Society is the Church's woman organization. They are deeply involved in serving the needy and helping uplift the spirits of those who are experiencing hard times. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Patrick
Temples are used to worship God and perform sacred ordinances such as the endowment, eternal marriage, and baptism for the dead. They ordinances can only be performed in a consecrated House of the Lord by those who hold the proper priesthood authority to conduct said ordinances. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Patrick
The Church send food, clothing, medical supplies, and other relief around the world to aid in disaster areas. We also maintain a large welfare program to help feed those in need, both members and non members. Members are also encouraged to donate time, money, and materials to help care for the needy. We do this to serve our fellow man and to honor Jesus Christ and his love for all mankind. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Patrick
The biggest blessing is to receive knowledge by reading the Scriptures you learn God's plan for us and how we can become more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Scriptures also give us strength in out time of need, they give us examples of things that we should do, things to avoid, and how to return to our Father in Heaven! Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Patrick
No, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not practice polygamy or any other illegal acts. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Patrick
It is important to take care of our bodies because they are the tabernacles of flesh the house our eternal spirits. If we don't take care of our bodies we will prematurely die and will shorten our ability to experience the fullness that God intended for us. Our Bodies are called temples of God because, God gave his firstborn Son Jehovah (Jesus Christ) the power to make our bodies in his name to house our spirits so we can grow and become more like our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Patrick
No, Mormons help everyone in need regardless of there religious beliefs just like Christ helped all who were in need. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Patrick
Attending Church is like attending any other Christian service and all are welcome to attend any meetings on Sunday at your local LDS meetinghouse. The Temples are sacred houses of the lord and because of such only active members who are worthy of a temple recommend are allowed to enter the temple. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Patrick
First off there is nothing secret going on in the Temple, what is going on in the Temple is sacred ordinances on holy ground. Because the temple is holy ground only worthy members are allowed to enter the Temple, this is done to preserve the holiness of the Temple. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Patrick
Our tithes go to Salt Lake City where the First Presidency of the Church disperses the funds to build temples, meeting houses, publish copies of the Book of Mormon, and provide humanitarian services to people around the world. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Patrick
We believe that the Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, that he is a personage of Spirit, so unlike the Father and the Son, the Holy Ghost does not have a physical body. The duties of the Holy Ghost is to act as a revelator, comforter, and messenger of the Father to mankind. Since we cannot physically be with our heavenly father, he has sent the Holy Ghost to reveal to us the things that God wants us to know. The Holy Ghost is what reveals all knowledge to mankind and without the Holy Ghost there would be no way for mankind to know the will of God. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Patrick
I attribute the growth of this Church to the truthfulness of its message. If our message was false then we wouldn't of been guided and saved by the grace of God during the years of persecution to be able to of grown and flourished as a Church like we have today. Show more Show less

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

Patrick
Yes, I testify to you that Jesus did appeared in North America after his resurrection. The written account of this visit is found in the Book of Mormon, in 3 Nephi chapters 11 to 26. If you wish to have a testimony of the truth of this yourself I invite you to read the Book of Mormon, ponder it's message, and pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, to have the truthfulness of the message revealed to you! Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Patrick
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is commonly referred to as Mormons or Mormonism because we believe that the Book of Mormon is a restored book of scriptures. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Patrick
The Law of Chastity is a the commandment from God regarding sexual activities. We are told to refrain from any sexual activities outside of marriage, both before marriage and once married with anyone besides our spouse. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Patrick
It is important for a person performing a baptism to have the proper authority because he cannot act on behalf of God or Jesus Christ without authority. Just like a person cannot arrest someone unless they are a sworn police officer, someone cannot baptize unless they the hold the proper priesthood authority to perform the baptismal ordinance. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Patrick
We proselyte because we want all to know of the good news of the restored Gospel. We also wish to faithfully obey the Great Commission of Christ found in Matthew 28:19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" Show more Show less

What is faith?

Patrick
Faith is believing in something that has yet to come. When you work you have faith that you will be paid on payday. When you eat right and exercise you have faith that you will maintain good health and weight. When you have faith in Jesus Christ and the atonement you can return to your Heavenly Fathers presence! Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Patrick
We need a savior because we have all made mistake and gone against the will of our Heavenly Father (See Romans 3:23). Since we have all broken one of God's laws we cannot return to his presence (See 1 Nephi 10:21). Without a savior none of use would be able to return to our Heavenly Father and experience a fullness of joy! Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Patrick
Yes, I truly and deeply believe that modesty and chastity go hand in hand. Modesty builds self-esteem and helps keep our bodies sacred tabernacles for our spirits. Also immodesty causes vanity, low self esteem, provocative thoughts and actions, and can lead to breaking the law of Chasity. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Patrick
No, there is no restrictions based on race and color concerning membership in the Church or being ordained in the priesthood. There was a time where black men were not allowed to be ordained to the priesthood but Official Declaration 2 of the Church stopped this on September 30, 1978. Since then all worthy men are ordained into the priesthood. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Patrick
No, they Church is politically neutral. They endorse or oppose any political party, nor does it allow any Church resources or building to be used for partisan political purposes. The Church does encourage all of there members to be informed and active members of there communities and to vote participate in there country's political process. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Patrick
Testimony is the knowledge that something is true and correct. Testimony of truth is received through the Holy Ghost by all who sincerely pray to God for answers that they have. When we say that we testify of something, we are saying that through revelations of the Holy Ghost that we know that what we are about to say is the truth or is correct. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Patrick
We baptize all new members regardless of prior baptism because only The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the restored priesthood authority to perform these ordinances on behalf of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Patrick
We believe in the Bible (as well as the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) because after reading, pondering it's message, and praying to God, we have received the confirmation of the truth of it's message by the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Patrick
We do not drink coffee, tea or alcohol because it is part of the 89th Section of our Doctrine and Convents. This section is referred to as the Word of Wisdom, it prohibits the use of tobacco, alcohol, and hot drinks (tea and coffee). It also encourages the consumption of vegetables and grains, as well as the consumption of meats in moderation. We are strongly encouraged to follow the Word of Wisdom, adherence is a requirement to be baptized, be ordained to the priesthood, receive a patriarch blessing, or receive a temple recommend. We are also encouraged to exercise regularly but this is not part of the Word of Wisdom. We are promised by God that if we obey the word of wisdom we "shall receive health in our navel and marrow to our bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. And I, the Lord, give unto us a promise, that the adestroying angel shall bpass by us, as the children of Israel, and not slay us." (D&C 89:18-21) Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Patrick
That baptism is a mandatory ordinance of salvation for all people who have reached the age of accountability. That in order for the ordinance to be recognized by God it must be performed by someone with the proper priesthood authority. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Patrick
We believe that none of us can earn our salvation. That only the grace of Christ can save us since we are all imperfect and cannot offer the price for our sins. That said we also believe that part of receiving the grace of Jesus' atoning sacrifice is to work now to live a moral and righteous life and spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We cannot expect to receive the grace of Christ's atonement if we do nothing to recompense for our transgressions against God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Patrick
You can know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true through prayerful study of the Book of Mormon, pondering it's message, and praying to God for the Holy Ghost to confirm the truth of it's message. When you receive confirmation of the truth of the Book of Mormon you also receive confirmation that the man who translated it, Joseph Smith Jr, was called to be a Prophet of God. If Joseph Smith Jr was a prophet of God, then the Church he founded is what he proclaimed it to be, the only true Church of Jesus Christ, restored to the Earth. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Patrick
The world and the universe testify that there is a God. The complexity and precision of the environment of this planet is astronomical. Some believe that it is by chance that the millions of precise conditions happens in this planet. To me it says how all knowing and all powerful our Father truly is to have sent Jesus Christ to make such a wonderful place for us to reside in. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Patrick
Some call the LDS Church a cult because they do not agree with our doctrine and unlike our Savior they feel the need to attack those who will not conform to there beliefs. It is also important to know while our beliefs are unorthodox and fit the dictionary definition of cult. Those who call a religious group who has doctrinal differences with them a cult do so to justify hatred and disgust towards said group. This is the complete opposite of the teachings of the Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Patrick
You have to look no further than our name: The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. This is a Christian church, we are a Christian people, and we follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ and no other. There are many people who say that this Church isn't Christian because we do not agree with there creeds or doctrine. Being a Christian though isn't about creeds or doctrines it is about accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and taking up your cross to follow in his perfect example. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Patrick
All young men in the Church are required to serve a mission if they are willing to do so. All young women and senior couples are also encouraged to serve a mission if they would like to do so but are not required to do so like young men are. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Patrick
Mormonism is a faith based upon the Prophet Joseph Smith's teachings of the restored Gospel and the restoration of the priesthood authority to administer the kingdom of God on the Earth. We believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are three separate Gods, that the Father and the Son have perfected bodies of flesh. That the Church of Jesus Christ was lost to the world when the Apostles were martyred (with the exception of John who was transfigured). This closed the heavens and God was unable to communicate with man. In this famine of the word of God, man did his best to interpret and understand Gods will. Many incorrect creeds and doctrine arose during this time and the full message of the Gospel was lost. Until the heavens were reopened and a Prophet was called to reestablish the Church of Christ to the earth lead once more by a Prophet of God and Twelve Apostles. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Patrick
The sole difference between the Bible and the Book of Mormon is geographical location. The Bible records Christ's ministry in Jerusalem and the Book of Mormon records his ministry in North America. They complement and strengthen each other in proving that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of the world. Joseph Smith obtained the golden plated in 1927 after the angel Moroni (the last Book of Mormon prophet) visited and revealed that the plates were hidden by Moroni in the Hill Cumorah some time around 421 AD. Joseph Smith followed the angels instructions and found the plates at the foretold location. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Patrick
NO, we have never nor will ever worship Joseph Smith, we only worship God and Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith as the first Prophet in modern times is admired by our members just alike all of our modern and ancient Prophets are, but we have and never will worship any of the Prophets. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Patrick
You can learn more about the Mormon Church through our members and the missionaries. If you would like to talk to the missionaries about the Book of Mormon and the Church you can fill out a missionary request form at mormon.org or call 800-443-9911 Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Patrick
The Book of Mormon "is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites—Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile—Written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation—Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed—To come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof—Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by way of the Gentile—The interpretation thereof by the gift of God. An abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also, which is a record of the people of Jared, who were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to heaven—Which is to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever—And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations." Taken from the Title Page of the Book of Mormon Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Patrick
The scriptures state multiple times that homosexual acts are sinful. We accept all people who live the commandments, regardless of who the feel attracted to or why. As long as a member is abiding by the law of chastity (no premarital sex or masturbation) who they feel attracted to does not matter. We do not allow same sex marriage in our Church though, God ordained marriage to be a sacred institution between a man and a women (See Genesis 2:24). Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Patrick
They are funded by the missionaries with help from there families and there congregation if needed. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Patrick
We perform proxy baptisms in our temples, because Christ said that all must be born of water and spirit to enter the kingdom of God. We believe that those who have passed away without receiving the ordinance of baptism are at risk of condemnation. So we are baptized for them in proxy so they have the chance to accept this ordinance performed on there behalf to help them receive salvation. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Patrick
YES! Through modern revelation and the restoration of the scared sealing powers, mentioned in Matthew 18:18, we can be sealed to our spouse and children for time and eternity. While death will separate us we can rejoice knowing that this separation is only a temporary one till we are rejoined together for eternity! Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Patrick
God chooses the prophet, just like he has chosen all prophets. When the living prophet passes away, God choose the next prophet through the Apostles. In most cases the most senior Apostle is chosen as the next prophet. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Patrick
We believe that the purpose of life is to gain experience and grow without the knowledge that we had of our Heavenly Father in pre-mortal existence. Through these experiences we can grow spiritually, and through the atonement of Christ become joint-heirs with Christ in the Kingdom of God. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Patrick
The blessing we can receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost are numerous. It is a blessing in an of itself to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost when you are confirmed a member of the Church. From that day forward you will have the Holy Ghost with you if you stay worthy of his guidance through obedience to the commandments and doctrine given to us by God. There is also Gifts of the Spirit that we receive through the Holy Ghost. These Gifts are The Gift of Tongues, The Gift of Interpretation of Tongues, The Gift of Translation, The Gift of Wisdom, The Gift of Knowledge, The Gift of Teaching Wisdom and Knowledge, The Gift of Knowing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, The Git of Believing the Testimony of Others, The Gift of Prophecy, The Gift of Healing (and to be healed), The Gift of Working Miracles, and The Gift of Faith. All these Gifts are discussed in the Gospel Principals manual which can be found at http://lds.org/manual/gospel-principles/chapter-22-the-gifts-of-the-spirit?lang=eng. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Patrick
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was officially formed on April 6, 1830 in New York. In a spiritual sense (we are the Church of Christ) the Church has been around since the time of Adam, whenever or wherever a Prophet has lived and preached the word of God to those who would follow the words of the Prophet of God. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Patrick
Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God called to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the Earth, restore the Priesthood Authority to act on God's behalf on Earth, and to restore the fullness to the Gospel by revealing the plain and precious truths lost during the Great Apostasy. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Patrick
We believe that eternal life is a gift we receive through grace if we live a worth life on Earth. Eternal life is to spend eternity reunited with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Only those who are Baptized for remission of sins and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the proper Priesthood Authority can inherit eternal life. Show more Show less