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Hi I'm Patrick

I'm a Mormon. I am married, with seven children living in Utah having moved from California about ten years ago.

About Me

As a student at SDSU I joined the Church and it has been the basis of a great life. I majored in Physical Education with a minor in English and later earned a masters degree in Human Behavior. I worked in public recreation with the Cities of Chula Vista and San Diego. Then spent twenty-two years in the private recreation field. My greatest satisfaction was the six years my wife and I spent in the residential treatment industry helping at-risk teen age girls. We then spent a year teaching English in China and served a mission in Uganda. Today seven children and nine grand children are the center of our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I had no religious beliefs when a very close friend helped me recognize the need to know God. He called it a "God void". It's something we now call the "light of Christ". We all have it. We did a lot of "church hopping" and compared what we heard with the bible. There was a lot of disconnect, to say the least. When I found the LDS Church there was an immediate sense of belonging. One profound difference was so many of the other church members said, "Believe what I tell you". In the LDS Church I was told, "You don't need to believe us. You can go directly to God." I did. My personal conversion story covers about six months and I testify that every day of my life is better because I have the true and gospel on which to base my decisions and choices.

How I live my faith

My wife and I are currently working in a ward at Brigham Young University and love the young men and women we serve. Their enthusiasm for life and the gospel are keeping us young.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Patrick
It is sad to hear others suggest we worship Joseph Smith. While he is certainly a phenomenal personality he was but a messenger. He himself never did anything to attract attention or for personal gain. His life was dedicated to pointing others to the road to salvation through Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Patrick
One of the most profound differences in this Church is that we recognize individuals can go directly to God to find the answer to this question. Many people don't really accept the suggestion found in James 1:5-6. Also Moroni10:4-5 elaborate on the process. If any person will ask God "with real intent", meaning they will respond, they will get an answer. Show more Show less