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Hi I'm Pat

I converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ in 1971, at the age of 18. It changed my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I currently help people purchase or sell real estate. Before that I was a journeyman carpenter. One of my life's highlights was designing and building our family's own home. We have a large vegetable garden, and a big yard. Raising some of the food we eat has always been a part of our family activities. At one time we also raised our own beef, pork, and poultry. My wife and I are parents of 8 children, and now we have 6 grandchildren. I also enjoy many sports, and also music. Coaching sports teams, including both adult teams and youth teams has been a big part of my life experience. I'm getting older now, but several of my boys and my oldest grandson still come out to play basketball with "grandpa" one night a week. When some of my children got interested in music, I also got back into playing. I've been performing with my bandmates for picnics and such events, and recently we played for my high school reunion!

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptised 40 years ago now. Growing up I had never heard anything about the Mormon religion, or it's beliefs. I did have the knowledge that Brigham Young brought the Mormons to Utah, from high school history classes. That's all I knew about Mormons, except that there were a couple of kids in my school that were Mormons. My parents did not attend any church denomination. My grandma was an active Catholic and my brother and I would go to church with her once a year on Christmas eve. The late 60's and early 70's was a time of change. I was looking for answers as to the purpose of life. I decided that I had heard about Jesus Christ but that I didn't know anything about him, and that I would read the New Testament and see what I could learn. My search for purpose had me traveling far from home, and this is when I read about Christ. For some reason, while I was visiting my Dad in the Kansas City area, he and my half-sister and I, took a trip to visit the LIberty Jail Visitors Center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Neither my Dad or my half-sister were members of the church and we really had no reason for visiting, but we did. Liberty Jail is a place where the prophet Joseph Smith was held captive for quite some time and while there had received revelations from God. At the end of our visit, the tour guides had me sign the register and they gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. Several months later, after having just returned home, I took out this Book of Mormon to see about reading it. I read the title page and was somewhat confused, but intrigued. I then went somewhere else for the day, but when I returned there were 2 missionaires from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints knocking on my doors and asking me if I wanted them to tell me more about this book. As I read this book and heard the gospel explained by the elders, the Holy Ghost confirmed to me that this was the restored church of Jesus Christ upon the earth again!

How I live my faith

I live my faith in Christ by keeping his commandments, by loving and serving God and my fellow men, and by being thankful for all things. I find joy in helping others, and in seeing others make correct choices, as well as in seeing myself make correct choices. The longer I live this faith, the more I see and understand God's purposes for man, and his purpose for me. The teaching that if any man will live the doctrine, he will come to know of it's truthfulness, has increased my faith as I have lived the doctrines of Christ as taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I always feel the spirit of the Holy Ghost as I participate in the weekly Sacrament Meeting. I accept the assignments I am asked to complete by my priesthood leaders, and volunteer to help in many projects when the opportunities arise. Knowing that Christ's church is lead by revelation, through his authorized priesthood leaders, is a very important aspect of my faith. This knowledge has come to me through the confirmation of the Holy Ghost, and is available to all those who are seeking for truth, and who will abide by the knowledge of the truth that they receive.