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Hi I'm Pat

I'm an artist, woodworker and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family has always been important to me, for various reasons. Mostly because the family I grew up in was very dysfunctional and more than anything, I wanted to have a 'normal' happy home full of kids. I thought 10 sounded pretty reasonable and my wife thought that 6 would be a challenge - so, we settled on 8. We had them fairly close together (8 in 14 years) as we wanted to grow up with our kids and not be too old and still changing nappies. Our kids are all adults now and we have some fantastic memories to revisit. Camping adventures, sailing and 4 wheel driving trips are but a mere sampling of some of the fun we had. We decided to turn off the TV when they were growing up and that's probably the best thing we ever did. We spent lots of time together having fun, like studying different countries where each child had to give a little presentation on that country. We called it "Around the World!" For example, we took a look at Ireland, it's history, music, politics, dress, geography and of course, food. We still have Irish Potatoes as one of our favourite meals. We have 14 grandchildren so far and it's pretty hectic when they all get together, but the family love it! I think our family is truly fantastic - I love all of our descendants. I have a great love of family history and genealogy and I just love the thrill of finding another relative I didn't know about. Roots and branches are so very important to me - I've found my place in a wonderful extended family unit.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where my dad was a Communist and I can't ever recall 'God' being mentioned in our home until my mother wanted to understand the purpose of life, and started visiting different religions asking all kinds of hairy questions. I was probably about 9 or 10 years old. I went with her as we visited different congregations - she would always ask the terrible questions, the hard questions, the why questions! We were often asked to leave and not come back - I guess they didn't know the answers. I always believed that there had to be a God - it just didn't make any sense to me whatever, that we just popped into existence, could live from 1 second to 100 years and love people and die, and that was all there was to it. As my dad expressed it, "When you're dead, that's it! There's nothing else!" One day, whilst playing in the school yard, I saw two men dressed in white shirts and ties, surrounded by lots of kids (I was 10 at this time). They were Americans teaching my school mates how to play softball, football and basketball. I distinctly heard a small voice inside me tell me to go to the men and listen to what they had to say. They were missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They came to my home and taught me the basics of the gospel and answered those hard questions. My younger brother, mother and I joined the Church within a few months of listening to the missionaries. When they taught me where we come from, why we are here and where we can go after this life is over, I just knew it was all true. My dad grew to hate the Church and banned us from going. There was much contention, fighting and violence. All through my teenage years, he would throw tricky questions at me to try to turn me to his way of life, like "Show me God and then I'll believe!" I couldn't, but, deep within me, I just knew there was a God and a purpose to life. Many years have passed away now. I still know those very same truths and many, many more.

How I live my faith

I really love being involved in our Church. I love mixing with people who have the same high standards for living as I do, being honest in all our dealings with mankind, being chaste, virtuous and true to the beautiful truths of the gospel. I love this Church for it's tremendous leadership - people of integrity and commitment. We aren't perfect, but we're trying to be. Over the 40 odd years of my adult life in the Church, I've had the tremendous opportunity to learn truth, to teach truth and to live it in my everyday world. My perspective on life has helped me to make wise decisions about where I was heading. For example, I've been offered many incentives to work harder and longer, at the sacrifice of my time with my family. I may have been richer monetarily, but I'm so thankful to wise leadership counselling us to get the balance right - provide for the family and make sure I spend quality time with them. In our Church, we believe that life continues on after death and that families can be together forever. I've had the opportunity to marry couples, but the extent of my legal powers only extended 'til death do us part!' At that point, the relationship must resume it's single status. I know how much I currently love my family, my wife and children, my grandchildren. To think that I would be single again at death and separated from my wife and children would be hell for me. We believe that Jesus Christ has given His Church the authority to 'seal' (marry) husbands and wives together forever and 'seal' (join) parents to children forever. I know that many of our ancestors loved each other as much or even more than we love our family. In special buildings called Temples, we can act as proxies for our ancestral families and have them sealed together forever. Participating in this sacred work of love brings me so much joy and happiness. We will continue to live after this life is over and only in this Church will you find the power to live as forever families!