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Hi I'm Patrick Kimball

I'm a husband, a father of five, a facilities manager, a photographer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wonderful wife and I have been married for over twenty-years. We are the parents of five children; three girls and two boys. I have spent most of my life maintaining buildings. I received a degree in photography when we were first married, and have made photography a good part-time job. It is a passion. I like being paid twice; once when I receive the check, and twice when I give people their portraits and see their reaction. My wife and I decided she would be a stay-at-home mom, nurturing our active children. This meant we would have to live on whatever I brought home. Instead of going into debt, we chose a simple lifestyle that has proven to help our children realize the importance of work, as well as the importance of true motherhood. It hasn't been easy, as we have not had the means to provide for our children the many things their peers with two-income families can provide. But, we have had enough; enough to provide for musical and sports pursuits, as well as the occasional family vacation to our state and national parks. About six years ago, I decided to go back to school. I was pushing forty, had an active family, and needed to advance my career. After five years of night school, getting up at 3:30 a.m. to study, maintaining a 40-hour-a-week job, and attending to my family and church responsibilities, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a business management degree. I received a promotion at work, and was promptly called to be a bishop at church.

Why I am a Mormon

Previously, my parents, siblings and I were of another faith, attending church weekly. We had to exit through a cloud of smoke as some would light up at the door. My parents never smoked, and rarely did they consume alcohol, so we didn't feel like we fit in there. At the age of eight, my family moved to an Air Force base in Colorado. There was a chapel that held services throughout the day for different denominations, and we attended a different service each Sunday. While at Kindergarten, my sister was invited by a classmate to attend Primary--a church organization for children. My brother and I accompanied her, and I still remember the activity. We made a paper soccer ball-shaped ball, upon which were drawings of modern prophets. I remember thinking, "Who are these bearded men? I know Abraham and Moses, but who is Brigham Young, Lorenzo Snow, (etc.)." We were invited to the Heinrickson’s home for Family Home Evening, and there we met the missionaries. Later, we returned to Spokane, and invited the missionaries to teach us about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Elders Efros, Jacobsen, and Hughes were among those who taught us. One lesson taught us that Jesus is our Elder Brother. To me, the Savior was someone unapproachable, too hard to comprehend. As they taught us the love He showed through the Atonement, there wasn't a dry eye in our home. Although they thought they would still be married after this life, my parents learned from our pastor, "We'd like to think we will know each other in the hereafter, but there is no guarantee." Then we were taught about the sealing power restored through the prophet Joseph Smith that binds families for eternity. In sacred, holy temples of God, family relationships can be sealed to extend beyond the grave. We joined shortly thereafter. I know this is the true Church of Jesus Christ, restored to the earth as it once was when Christ established it during his mortal ministry. It blesses my family daily.

How I live my faith

Ever since I was first married, I have served the youth of our church. Sometimes it has been within the cub and Boy Scout organizations; twice I have served as a counselor to a bishop overseeing children and youth. Recently, I have been called to serve as the bishop of ward comprised of single adults ages 18 to 30. This call has been especially enjoyable as I have two children that fall within that age range. We organize activities that allow the singles to have fun while serving others and getting to know one another. Activities have included serving the local food bank by joining with local community churches in organizing a fun-run to "stomp out hunger", and a barbecue with boating activities. On a daily basis, our family gets together each morning before school to have a short scripture study and family prayer. It's never perfect. Most days you can find some wrapped up in a blanket on the couch half asleep, while another is frantically doing last minute dressing after spending the morning finishing homework. My wife will be multi-tasking preparing ground wheat pancakes, assembling lunches, and helping with algebra. I usually am reading the scriptures out loud so all can hear. On better days all will read a few verses. What matters most is that we are consistent. We enjoy regular family time where we will share a spiritual message or discussion. My wife and I find time each week to attend the temple, and have been doing so for about a year now. Yes, our days are busy, and most days we flop into bed from exhaustion, but we have made time. We have chosen to spend our time serving others instead of watching TV or playing video games--in fact we don't have a TV that receives broadcast programming, and we haven't missed it. Going to the temple has helped us remain grounded, brought us closer together as a couple and to our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. We are so blessed to live so close so we can take advantage of it.