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Hi I'm Patrick

I'm a law student and a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Texas, but mostly I grew up in Los Angeles County. I lived in Quebec for two years as a missionary for my church. I spent five years as an enlisted Marine, which was probably the greatest job on Earth. I left the military to go to law school, and sometimes I can't remember why I thought this would be a good idea. My wife is very supportive, though, and I know I couldn't do it without her. I also have a young daughter who just lights up my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon, and it always seemed good when I was a kid. Then, when I was in college, one of my friends who was Mormon told me he didn't believe and challenged my commitment. That was when I really started soul searching and praying for understanding. I felt the Lord's influence in my life and I knew that this church was where the Lord wanted me. I spent two years as a missionary after that and it was the most transformative experience of my life. If I had any doubts before my mission experience, they vanished as I felt the Lord's presence in my life on a daily basis.

How I live my faith

Living my faith means always remembering the Lord in everything that I do. When good things happen I stop and thank Him for blessing my life. When things are tough I pray for strength and understanding. I try to live in a way that would please Him, which means loving my family, and learning to love everybody around me.

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

Patrick
We call this donation tithing. The best way I can explain tithing is that it helps us to keep our priorities straight in life. It's true that the money is used to fund the operations of the church (nearly all of our church leaders are unpaid by the way), but its most important function is to help us. Every time I pay tithing, it reminds me that there are things much more important in this world than money. Show more Show less

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

Patrick
To me, the only way to know there is a God is to pray and find out for yourself. I can't describe what it is like to feel God's power, but when you do, you know it. Any other way of knowing God just won't do. Many people will try to hang their faith on gaps (or what they believe to be gaps) in scientific understanding. This is not what God wants, and it is dangerous to faith. God doesn't want us to believe in him because we have nothing else to believe in. I also say it is dangerous because those gaps are filled more and more all the time. A new scientific discovery can't shake the faith of one who believes in God for the right reasons. It only testifies of the wonder of his creation and the great intellect with which mankind is blessed to be able to learn and understand the complexities of this universe. When our faith in Him is founded on the sure rock of personal revelation, then we will no longer be tossed to and fro by every new teaching and the craftiness of men. (Ephesians 4:13 and 14) Show more Show less