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Hi I'm Patrick Rivas!

I'm a convert, a missionary in Pittsburgh-Pennsylvania, and I love my life, my family and friends, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since I was 22, I grew up in the Catholic church with my mom. My parents divorced when I was young and I grew up with a single mother until I was 18 years old. Since I was 18 years traveling to the U.S. for a problem that took place in my country, finding myself in the U.S. I started living on my own at this time away from my family and working all the time. I realized I was going through a time of depression, and that was when I started to think a little more about myself and that's when the questions of the gospel came to my head.I realized I was in 4 years of depression, and at that point in my life is when I met two missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they showed me their friendship and love for me, and these missionaries helped me find my answers and now I found the truth and had the opportunity to be baptized on November 20, 2011. I am very grateful for that because I've grown a lot and has received many blessings. I am currently serving a mission for the Church, and I have been called to serve in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My mission has been the best thing in my life. I met so many wonderful people and have helped many people and families feel the same happiness I feel in my own personal life and my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I have read the scriptures and prayed to see if these things are true and I have received my answer from our Heavenly Father and through the Holy Spirit and I give my testimony that this true. and also Being a Mormon is definitely not easy at times, but because I know that the fullness of the gospel and the authority of the priesthood ordinances of this church, that is why I have continued in the faith. The way is logical and clear, and I have also received personal revelation through the Holy Spirit that this is where I am supposed to be. If Jesus Christ really appeared to the boy prophet Joseph Smith and restored His true church to the earth, don't you think you should be a part of this organization too? Well, then you have find out if the Book of Mormon was really translated by the gift and power of God. Once you know the Book of Mormon is true then you will come to know more of the divinity of Jesus Christ and that God continues to call prophets in these last days to perform his work. I found out that it is indeed true and that is why I am a Mormon. The way you can become a Mormon is by being baptized by one who holds proper authority after you know it is true for yourself. I have read the scriptures and prayed to see if these things are true and I have received my answer from our Heavenly Father and through the Holy Spirit and I give my testimony that this true.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary for two years, and during this period of time, we as missionaries set aside all things which are worldly such as worldly books, music, movies, video-games, etc. We study from the scriptures every morning, and we focus on God, learning and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are walking all day long, talking to everyone we meet, sharing about the message we share. We also set appointments with those we meet to visit them in their homes to share more of our message with them. We visit people and share about how God out of His love for us has called a prophet to lead and guide us in these days, and how God has a plan for us. We invite others to go to the source and to ask God if the things we share are true. We invite them to make the changes in their lives that will help them to come closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Patrick Rivas!
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship our risen Lord and savior, Jesus Christ and God our Eternal Father. "We have Joseph Smith in the same direction as the Children of Israel had Moses in the Old Testament. He is a great man, we love, respect and look up him as a prophet of God an instrument in the hands of the Almighty in restoring to the earth the ancient truths of the divine gospel, together with the priesthood through which the authority of God is exercised in the affairs of His Church and for the blessing of His people", but he can not bring us salvation. It is only through our Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the head of our beliefs, and now we have the true Church of Jesus Christ restored again on earth. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Patrick Rivas!
I am a missionary at Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian mission right now and I think I can answer this question. The missionaries will probably be as nervous as you are as they arrive at your home. The nervousness does not come from timidity or a lack in the message that they bring, but because they want so much to express their testimonies, Spirit, and love they feel to you. The missionaries will likely introduce themselves and get to know you and your family. Though missionaries are called by God to preach His word, they come from every-day backgrounds and have lives much like yours. After getting to know your family, they will likely ask what questions you may have about life or the Mormon church. Using the scriptures and their own personal experiences, they will seek to help you find answers. Don't be afraid of asking any question or thinking you may offend or sound silly to the missionaries. They are called to help and serve and are very understanding. After answering your questions and sharing a spiritual message, the missionaries will ask you to act on the message. the missionaries will invite you to read a chapter of scripture or seek for yourself that what they are saying is true. You don't have to just take the missionaries' word in what they say! but our loving God is happy to answer thoughtful, earnest prayers seeking for the truth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Patrick Rivas!
Everyone will be resurrected (see Revelation 20:12,13)., thanks to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Life is not over after we leave this earth. Jesus taught in the scriptures that there are "many mansions" in heaven (John 14:2). Therefore, we interpret that to mean each person will be judged by God and have a chance to obtain the highest kingdom and live with Him. Others who are not as faithful and obedient will live forever in one of the other kingdoms. We know that our Heavenly Father and his Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ desirest for all of us (His Sons and Daughters ,Brothers and Sisters (of our Savior)) to return and live with them. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ stated, "This is my work and glory, to bring to pass the immortaity and eternal life of man". Our Savior, even Jesus Christ, under the Guidance and Direction of His Father, Our Heavenly Father, through his Resurrection, has already provided to us Immortality. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, manifested in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, with the Grace of our Heavenly Father and through the Advocacy and Mediation of our Savior, even Jesus Christ, we have the opportunity to return and live with both of Them for eternity (thus eternal life/eternal happiness) Everyone will get a chance to hear about Jesus Christ and to choose to follow Him. God is merciful and wants all of His children to return to live with Him. Show more Show less