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Hi I'm Pat

I've been a counterintelligence officer and a children's librarian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a storyteller and I’ve worked as a children’s librarian in a public library in Texas for more than 28 years. I also teach English as a Second Language with my wife. I like to read children’s and young adult books, mysteries and World War II histories. I love airplanes, but don’t fly. I like to plant and tend trees, especially since there aren’t very many where I live. I enjoy shopping, going out to dinner and watching movies with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

 Well, the first thing that attracted me to the Mormon church was that I was dating the minister’s daughter. But after that, the thing that attracted me to the Mormon church was the way Mormon families seem to be united and happy. My own childhood wasn’t bad, but there was no sense of shared direction or purpose or effort. I saw those things in the Mormon families I knew. So I started learning about the church at my girlfriend’s house. We broke up, but the things I saw and learned and accepted about the Church have stuck with me. My girlfriend’s best friend had also recently joined the church, and I ended up marrying her instead. I’ve been married for 36 years and the satisfaction the church has brought to my life has made me happier than I would ever have imagined. I know that the Mormon church teaches truths, and joining the Mormon church has brought me the greatest happiness I have had in my life.

How I live my faith

 There is no paid ministry in the church, so everyone has the opportunity to pitch in and help. Our local pastor is called the Bishop, and I currently serve as one of his assistants. But I, and everybody else in the church, have had many different responsibilities. I served a mission for 2 years in Chicago, working with Spanish-speaking people. I’ve been a teacher and a Bishop and had lots of other opportunities to serve. I’m an average Joe, trying to do what I’m asked to do and I see that as I do my best, the Lord makes up the difference. I work two jobs. I’m a children’s librarian in our public library, and teach English to refugees. Both of those jobs give me a chance to serve, to help people, to teach. That’s what Christ did, what He taught us to do, and my jobs are very rewarding to me. I know that is because Christ taught eternal truth, and that when any of us try to follow Him, He blesses us and that brings peace and satisfaction and joy.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a member of the Mormon Church as brought me the greatest joy I have known. We're like everybody else, we laugh, we cry, we work, we make mistakes. But in the Church there is a sense of family, of fellowship and brotherhood unlike any I have found outside of the Church. We strive to live our beliefs day and night, not just to be "Sunday" Christians. We're no better than anybody else, we just try to be the best we can be. Show more Show less

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

We try to dress our best for church services. Men typically wear a white shirt and tie, a suit or sports coat if they have one. Women wear modest dresses or skirts and tops. We believe that the Lord would have us dress differently and better to worship him than we do for everyday activities. But everyone is welcome, tie or not, dress or pants. 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?

We want all people to be able to come to the temple. There is a standard of personal worthiness that those who come to the temple must meet so that "no unclean thing" comes to the Lord's house, but all are invited to meet that standard. There is nothing secret going on. Rather, the work that is done in the temples is so sacred that it is not discussed outside of the temple.   Show more Show less

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

The missionaries will talk about who God is and his plan of happiness for all people. Much of what they discuss is familiar to people, but they will also teach principles that many people will hear for the first time. We believe that there is a prophet on the earth today, just as in Moses' time. The missionaries will explain how and why that is so important to us as a people. They will gladly answer any questions people have about the Church. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God the Father, that he came to earth born of a virgin, that He suffered the pains of everyone's sins and died. We believe that He rose on the third day and ascended into heaven. We believe that He is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord. We are Christians.    Show more Show less