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Hi I'm Patrick

I'm a Mormon, dyed in the wool, true blue, through and through.

About Me

Writing about yourself is hard. I think that we should have family members and close members write these profiles. Seeing as this is not the case, I will tell you a little bit about myself. I love being outside and engaging in such activities as camping, skiing, lacrosse, hiking, rope-swinging, etc. I didn't necessarily love scouting, but the camping part of scouting made all the merit-badge work worth the effort. I lived in Estonia for two years and Jerusalem for three months, so I feel an especial affinity to the peoples in those areas. I am studying East European family history and genealogy at Brigham Young University. I love learning about Eastern Europe's languages, history, and culture.

Why I am a Mormon

Being an adopted child, I have always felt a curiosity to learn more about my ancestors. While I don't know who my direct ancestors are, I feel so blessed to have been taken into a family that has a rich heritage. I know that the Church helps my family to be stronger and this life and enables our relationships to continue after death. I am not, however, a member of this Church because my parents are. Sure, they have taught me its principles and helped me live its teachings. But I am a member of this Church because I know that it is true; patterning our lives after the Savior's and receiving his help brings me great happiness now and always will.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first and foremost by working hard to serve others. I am gaining an education so that I can serve others, my family being the first priority. I pray for help, to express gratitude, to ask questions, and to know what to do in my life. I read the words of the Savior and his servants, prophets and apostles, every day, even if only for a few minutes. I try to apply their teachings in my life. I go to church so that I can know how I can feel the peace that comes from repenting (changing for the better) and making promises with God to keep his commandments.