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Hi I'm Patrick

Although I suffer from schizophrenia, I am pushing ahead in life, and I will not give up. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was fortunate to have parents who taught me faith in Christ from a young age, and I have always had an inquisitive and curious streak in my personality, as well. Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed mathematics and science, especially in physics; however, ever since I can remember, I have suffered from significant learning disabilities and mental disorders. After finishing high school, I worked and went to college for a year, and then left my job and school to serve a two-year mission for my church. It was the best decision I ever made; I was privileged to witness minds open and hearts change, as many wonderful people I met came to know Jesus Christ. They taught me more about true faith and courage than I could ever teach them. I grew to love the people I sought to serve, and also those whom I served with. I have been blessed with so much that I cannot express, and with the strength to endure the struggles I have faced in my life, ever since. After my mission, I resumed my studies at college, and was blessed to perform research in my chosen field. Despite setbacks in health, finances, and such, I struggled to continue my studies and work for several years. For a time I was unable to continue with classes, and dealt with repeated unemployment, diverse health problems, and many other issues in life; however, with the support of my friends and family, and my faith, I have returned to college to finish a degree in science, and now have hope for progressing further in life.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised by parents who taught me much of the gospel, and had many great teachers and leaders in church, there came a time in my life where I felt the need to question much of what I believed. I studied for a long time, and fasted, and went to my Heavenly Father in prayer repeatedly. The answers did not come all at once, but I learned slowly over time. He knew how to speak to me through other people around me, and through the great wonders of our world and universe. True knowledge filled my mind, with no obvious explanation, on many occassions. I witnessed miracles that I cannot deny. Most importantly of all, I learned to recognize the peace that the Holy Ghost brings. Although I am always seeking to learn new things, there are some things that I already know for myself. I may aspire to be a exceptional scientist, and I am always working on my own related projects and theories, but for all of my seemingly endless curiousity regarding the nature and structure of the universe around me, I find my greatest joy in the Word of God, and in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Just two-thousand years ago, the greatest event of all history in the entire universe took place, as Jesus took upon Himself the sins, the pains, the suffering, and the required price of eternal justice for all of us, and for all things, and then gave up His own life, willingly. In doing so, He descended below all things, and endured all things, so that we could return to our Heavenly Father if we so choose; He also conquered death, so that we, too, would rise again, and stand before God in the flesh. I do not know everything that I would like to know yet, but I do know this: Jesus loves me, and He loves everyone regardless of who they are. I will do my best to honor Him, and follow Him, and when I see Him again I will be filled with joy and gratitude beyond my ability to express.

How I live my faith

I do my best to always feel love and appreciation for everyone and everything around me. I want to share the things that have brought me great happiness with others around me, so that they, too, may have the same opportunities to know of truth, love, and peace. I seek to help and encourage others whenever I have the ability to, and I enjoy sharing smiles with people. I do my best to be a living witness of Jesus Christ by my own example, whenever possible. In the community, I do what I can to be helpful. When I am not back in college, I seek to volunteer in programs that may benefit many residents locally. At church, I have the opportunity to serve my peers by fulfilling callings. I also participate in many activities that my church group puts together. I enjoy singing, and try to share my talent in ways that uplift and inspire my friends at church. I also take the time to visit certain of my church friends fairly regularly, to share uplifting messages and to make sure that they are doing alright and have all of their needs met. In my personal life, I seek to glorify God in all of the choices I make every day. I do my best to read the scriptures every day, and also to pray regularly throughout the day. I work very hard to follow the commandments and the teachings of God's prophets, both ancient and modern. Most of all, I seek out, and often enjoy, a very close and personal relationship with my Father in Heaven.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Patrick
It all starts with a desire to know Him, and just a little faith. Prayer, often in combination with fasting, and reading the scriptures, is a great way to start your personal journey. As you seek to know what to do, He will quietly and gently speak to you through the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. If you choose to follow the still, small voice that guides you, then you will learn of His love for you while you follow the teachings of the scriptures and the prophets of God. As you witness His love and care for you, you will have the opportunity to allow your own faith to grow, and to strengthen your relationship with Him. Over time, you will begin to see who Heavenly Father is, you will begin to learn who you are, and you will also begin to realize that others around you are worth loving and respecting. You will learn how to receive the unimaginably great blessings which your Father in Heaven seeks to bestow upon you. Above all, you will find Him to be your truest Friend, and your greatest Strength in both the good times and the difficult times. When the time comes that you choose to follow Him, and love Him with all of your heart and soul, you will look back on your personal journey, and understand... Show more Show less