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Hi I'm Patrick

I'm married to the love of my life. I'm a father of three. I'm a graduate student working full time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family with 5 kids. 4 boys, 1 girl. We moved around constantly. We moved so many times and crisscrossed the country so often that, in addition to my travels as an adult, I have been to all but one state. Because of this, I learned how to interact with people and how to make friends. It also made me appreciate and be accepting to change. Because of this I’m kind of a “go with the flow” kind of guy. I’m pretty easy going. I'm married to the love of my life, and have been for 6 years. I have 3 beautiful kids, the oldest just started Kindergarten and the youngest is trying to walk, kind of, well, fall mostly. I was the first of my siblings to graduate college and now I'm working, almost full time and earning my MBA. Life is full, life is busy and life is great. Oh and I love banana cream pie.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon. My Dad was baptized when he was 8 but his family never attended, nor do I think they considered themselves Mormon. My Mom was raised Mormon. Mom and Dad met in High School and somewhere between working with my Mom's brothers for my Grandfather and dating my Mom, Dad decided to start attending church. I'm grateful that he did. I may have been raised Mormon, but my beliefs and my testimony are my own. I remember as a teenager the times when someone in my family was sick or the times when, for whatever reason, the rest of my family was not going to church on Sunday; my older brother and I went anyway. I loved church. I loved the Gospel. I loved my Savior and it drove me to do things, and to not do things, that other kids my age were participating in. I chose to serve a full time mission at the age of 19 and was grateful for the chance. I had no preset desires on where I wanted to go, my older brother was called to the Provo Utah mission so I figured if he can be happy serving there then I can be happy serving anywhere. I did secretly pray for someplace that was not very hot. I was called to serve in Florida. It was while I was in the Missionary Training Center listening to a living Apostle of our Savior talk that I felt an overwhelming blanket of love come over me. I felt in my heart the truth of the message that I was called to preach. I felt the love that our Heavenly Father and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, have for me and for all the people of the Earth. Those feelings have not gone away. They have been strengthened and confirmed time and time again. I love this Gospel and I love my Savior. I love my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is sometimes a busy thing. Not a bad busy, just busy. Besides my job, my graduate studies and my family, each indepently a busy endevor, I get the chance to work with the full time missionaries. I help them teach the gospel to my neighbors and friends. I love it. I get to meet so many interesting and fun people. The church and the gospel are such a huge part of who I am that I love being able to share it. In addition to this I have the chance to visit families in a program called Home Teaching. It is where I am assigned to watch over and visit certain families to make sure they are being taken care of, both spiritually and physically. The fun thing is that these families become people I care about and am happy to serve. I love it.