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Hi I'm Patrick

I grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. I'm working my way through college and serving in the National Guard. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I absolutely love watching stand-up comedy. Just anything that makes me laugh. Whenever I can find the time or the money, I like to go skiing wherever I can. On my nerdier side, I love learning languages and getting to know about other world cultures. I am currently enlisted in the National Guard to pay for school and get work experience in the field of linguistics. I'm also working on my undergraduate studies in Linguistics. When I finish school, I plan to work internationally, fostering greater international relations and cultural understanding. I think everybody has their own challenges and experiences that shape and define them. I feel that it is our obligation as fellow human beings to understand the struggles that others are going through so that we can help them when they need us.

Why I am a Mormon

 I know that the teachings in this church are the words of God revealed to mankind. I know things aren't the way they should be in the world, and I know we all get discouraged. The knowledge that God continues to lead us in these times as He has in the past is evidence of His love for us. I feel like I continue to develop my relationship with my Father in Heaven every day. All of these things help me know that what I am doing is worth it.

How I live my faith

 I believe that the goal of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not to subject humanity to a set of arbitrary rules, but rather a framework for how to become more like Jesus Christ and His Father in Heaven. It's definitely a lifelong process, but I read the scriptures every day and attend church, looking for examples of how to be more like my Heavenly Father more loving, more caring, more honest, more compassionate, more charitable. That's what I put into it. What I get out of it is so much greater. I receive personal guidance in the tough decisions in my life, even some of the small choices. I stumble along the way, but I know God wants me to make it, so He helps me to change and get better every day. 

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

Patrick
 While we recognize and rely on the fact that God loves us and is ready always to pour out His blessings and sustain us, we strive to become self reliant in as many ways as possible. We rely on the Lord for the breath that sustains us, the rain that grows our food, and many other graces that allow us to live, and move, and act according to our wills. At the same time, we strive to follow the Savior Jesus Christ, in his invitation to "feed his sheep." When we are able to support ourselves, we are in a much better position to help others.  Show more Show less