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Hi I'm Pat

I've lived in Canada's Northwest Territories, in the state of Arizona, and in every province and state in between. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m tall enough most everyone I meet asks if I play basketball, but after recently aggravating a back injury I sustained in a car accident years ago I am pretty proud of myself if I can play Monopoly. Jokes aside, I feel as if I am the luckiest man on planet Earth. I adore my beautiful and amazing wife. If you ask how I ended up with her I would have to say that I was lucky and she was careless! She has given me a son and a daughter, two adorable and amazing children (obviously they take after their mother). I feel I have stumbled into my dream job, where I am responsible for corporate training, development and talent positioning. Though there are always a million things to do and as a result stress is not a stranger to me all I have to do is think about my many blessings and I am amazed at how lucky I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the church. A unique teaching in the Mormon church is that our families can be eternal amd that death need not seperate us from our loved ones if we make and keep sacred covanents with our Father-in-Heaven and do our best to be just a little bit better tomorrow than we were today, and the next day, etc. When I was quite young my father passed away. I was unable to really understand why such a thing would happen to me. In my young mind I felt that perhaps I had done something deserving of such a punishment. I was devasted. I was fortunate to have a wonderful mother who stayed faithful and continued to take me to chuch. I learned about Jesus Christ, of his resurrection which broke the chains of physical death which would otherwise be imposed on all of humanity, of the atonement he performed to allow us to overcome spiritual death, or sin, should we repent. I listened to the words of living prophets testifying of the eternal nature of the family. I remember lying in bed one night, somewhere in the midst of my teenage years, when it so clearly dawned on me that I knew that Christ was who He claimed to be, that He did what I had learned He had done. I knew that my father was not lost to me. That if I did my part I would be united with him again some day. Tears came to my eyes, but not tears of sadness. The sting of his passing had left and was replaced by hope. Mormons believe, as do I, that Christ has established His church on Earth again. With the restoration of His church we are led by a prophet today. The heavens are not closed, revelation is available to all God's children. Mormon's believe in the Bible, though we also beleive in additional scripture that has been revealed through revelation. On verse of scripture so meaningful to me reads, 'Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die, and more especially for those that have not hope of a glorious ressurection.'

How I live my faith

If I have found such hope I feel it is my duty to seek to share such with those in the depths of despair. I am far from perfect, though I realize now, more than ever before, how important it is and how much of an incredible blessing it is to have an eternal family. As an adult, with a wife and children so dear to me I thank the Lord for this knowledge. I feel I must do all I can to qualify for these incredible blessings of the Lord. In the Mormon church, officially know as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we have a volunteer, unpaid clergy. It is a beautiful thing that truly allows members of the church to grow and provides us the opportunity to lose ourselves in the service of others. Such does not often come easily for me. You could find many, many better examples of this than me, though I do sincerely try my best to labor diligently in my congregation in the role I have been called to fill. I serve closely with the leader of our local congregation (he is also not paid), as his assistant. I have seen many lives blessed beyond my poor ability to put into words as individuals and families have come unto Christ through this church. I am energized to think I can do my small part in the Savior's service. In a world of craziness I have committed to myself and to the Lord that I would daily take time, apart from the madness, to think of my role as a member of this church. To think of my role as follower of Christ. This comes in the form of prayer. This comes in the form of studying the scriptures, of studying the lives of other individuals who have sought to follow the Savior, looking to learn from their examples and try to emmulate them as best I can. Ultimately nothing is of greater worth than that which draws us nearer to God. To find true happiness in life we must learn this. To find true happiness in life we must seek to structure our lives in a way that we will constantly remember this.