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Hi I'm Patrick

I'm terrible at staying focused, books are my friends (sorry trees), and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read, watch movies, act, sing, dance, play sports with friends. Anything active for my mind or body. I wish I could be the Fablehaven caretaker for a living. I really really enjoy timtams. Too much. It's a problem really. The word "running" is synonymous with "torture" in my book. But I thoroughly enjoy exercise. (whenever I actually get around to it. haha) Driving too fast reminds me of "the tortoise and the hare" story. And I'd rather be a trout swimming upstream than a log "going with the flow". I love the Savior, Jesus Christ and I'm happy to serve Him and do as He asks of me. I believe in Him with all of my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, I was confused. And so, I put to test the question I always had; "Is the Book of Mormon true?" And even more simply put, I received my answer. YES. :) I of course have my struggles, and because I'm human, I'm not perfect, but I will always have a testimony that this is Christ's true church, and that He lives and guides us through revelation even today.

How I live my faith

It's not enough to simply go to church for one day of the week and leave God at the front door of the church building for when you come back the next. God love us ALL the time, he's ALWAYS there for us. Why shouldn't we be there for Him? The Lord Jesus Christ said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy mind." (Matthew 22:37; emphasis added) I don't remember the last time my heart, soul, or mind have ever been seperated from me and left at the church building. The Lord asked us to "love one another, as I have loved you." And the beautiful thing about love is that in comes in so many shapes and sizes, that fit into the individual holes that weaken the heart and soul. As we keep the Lord's commandments, He will help us to demonstrate and share that love which He has for us, and with those who are looking for the truth and love of the Savior, simply because "they know not where to find it." (D&C 123:12) "If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15) pleaded the Lord to his disciples. The Lord's commandments are not ones of restriction, intolerance, or biggotry. But of love, kindness, charity, and morality. Satan would have us think that the commandments restrict us, and that true freedom is found from our own elections between right and wrong. But such mindsets are based on selfishness, pride, and greed. All of which are complete opposite attributes of our Savior. I live my faith by doing my best to follow the Savior's example and by serving others freely.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Patrick
I've never been exactly certain as to "why". But I suppose it's simply a label that is often attributed to organizations that seem mysterious, odd, or simply different. Many people question what our beliefs are, and why we have temples, or many other facets of a "mormon lifestyle". We are very open with our beliefs and the reasons behind our practices, though the SPECIFICS of our practices are at times of sacred and eternal importance, and therefore, are less seldomly talked about with the public. It can easily be related to the scriptures, when Christ told His disciples not to "cast their pearls before swine". We want ALL to share in the joy and love of the gospel and our Heavenly Father's plan for us. But we must also show respect for sacred things by keeping a standard of reverence towards them. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Patrick
In order to draw closer to God, we must love Him. It is that way with EVERY relationship, whether it's your spouse, your parents, friends, siblings, children, etc. Jesus Christ showed us the PERFECT LOVE that He has for us by suffering for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary. Because of that, I know that He knows me, and understands me and what I go through and I know that He loves me. Jesus told us that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. So in turn, the way to draw closer to God is by keeping His commandments, becoming familiar with His teachings and living by them. This is the only way to develop true faith in Him. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Patrick
I can honestly say I do. Heavenly Father has always guided His people through revelation to men of His choice. We read of these instances where God spoke to men throughout the scriptures. I have been asked, "Why Joseph Smith? What makes him so special?" I honestly don't know. But I also don't know many things of God. Why did He choose Moses? or Noah? Or three fishermen to be Apostles? I'm not certain. But as I've studied the teachings of these holy men, I've felt the spirit bear witness to me of the truthfulness of their words. I"ve also been told that God "no longer speaks. We have all that we need in the Bible, and we don't need anymore." That statement saddens me greatly. I cannot and will not believe in a God who would cease to help His children in such confusing times. I am grateful for the teachings of the Bible, but I know that it was written by men, who are imperfect, and has been translated many times and changed. There are many scriptures out there that are not found IN the Bible, but are mentioned therein and regarded as sacred and worthwhile of study. Moreover, when Jesus comes again, if the above statement is true, then we need not listen to Him, because we already have "all that we need". The source of ALL truth is from God, who promises us answers if we ask. (James 1:5) I know God has not ceased speaking to His children. I'm so grateful to know that He is there and always WILL be, and I know He still speaks. I know that there are Prophets, even in our days. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Patrick
I love to read the stories from the Bible during my scripture studies. I love to hear the stories of Jesus, and His apostles. I love the Old Testament stories that demonstrate faith and trial, hardship and joy. I could never consider myself a true christian if I did not regard the Bible as holy and sacred scripture by which men should read, study, and ponder. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Patrick
In the story of Abraham and Sariah, we learn that Sariah was commanded to give her maid servant as a wife to Abraham. I asked myself, "why didn't God simply make it so that she could have children?" We know that God can, and has done such things. Perhaps it was a trial of her faith, or some other vendetta that is known only to the Lord. But I believe that if God commands you to do something, you should do it. When we obey the Lord, we are blessed. Regardless of what the commandment is. Some members of our church previously practiced polygamy because it was a commandment from God. It was practiced, then discontinued as was revealed to the prophet Wilford Woodruff in 1890. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Patrick
God is our Heavenly FATHER in the truest sense of the word. He loves us, He cares for us, and He provides for us. He wants the best for us, and He wants us to be as happy as He is, which is why He has provided the plan of salvation for us, His children, which is only made possible through the sacrifice of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Patrick
Christ established His church on the earth, and the people rejected Him, and crucified Him. Likewise they rejected the apostles who had the authority to continue preaching the gospel in the Lord's name. The church was without guidance and revelation once the apostles were killed, and many doctrines of men entered among the people regarding the gospel of Christ, creating division and confusion among the saints. This is why we have so many churches in the world today who all preach from the Bible, yet teach different things. God called a man named Joseph Smith to guide His children once again, and restore the teachings that were lost or eliminated throughout the centuries after the death of the apostles. The Bible had many things that have since been changed or lost through the carelesness of men, which is another reason for the need of the "restitution of all things" Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Patrick
Jesus Christ, or Jehovah, our Lord and Savior. All other things follow after that. :) Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Patrick
It sure is! Neat huh? The account of this is found in 3 Nephi chapter 11. One of my favorite chapters in the Book of Mormon. A man asked me the other day what was in the back of the Book of Mormon, and I was like, "umm... the pronunciation guide?" and he said, "what else?" and I replied, "maps of the old world?" "exactly" he said, and he continued to tell me how the reason he knew that Jesus Christ was real is because they have maps of where He walked, and evidences of the places in the bible, but we don't know the areas of the Book of Mormon. I ended my discussion with the man and thought to myself, "He's right. We don't really know much about the geography of the Book of Mormon." and the Spirit whispered to me, "you don't need maps to know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, or was raised in Galilee or was baptized in the river Jordan, or taught the jews in Jerusalem, or that He suffered in Gethsemane and was crucified on the cross at Calvary for the sins of the world, do you?" and I realized. NO. I don't. :) I don't need ANY evidence of my Savior other than the feeling in my heart that I receive as I read the scriptures (the bible and the book of mormon), which comes from the Holy Ghost. That's why I believe in the account given in the Book of Mormon of Christ's visit to the America's. Whether my GPS can show me where or not. :) Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Patrick
The Book of Mormon is EXACTLY like the Bible other than that it was written by prophets of the ancient americas. It is more of the word of God because it was inspired by Him. It contains different stories than the Bible, but the same teachings. Joseph Smith Jr was visited by an angel named Moroni who showed him where the "golden plates" were hidden because he (Moroni) was the last prophet to write in them, and hid them away so that they could not be destroyed. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Patrick
The roles of a father and a mother are inexpensible, irreplaceable, and irrevocable in the formation of a healthy and functional family. Both father and mother share many of the same responsibilities, but also unique ones for each position. I believe God created man and woman to fulfill these responsibilities. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Patrick
Temples are the House of the Lord. They are holy. He can dwell within their walls. It is a refuge from the world. Members of the church who qualify through worthiness go to the temple to worship, learn, and to receive sacred ordinances for themselves and for those who have passed on. I love the temple. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Patrick
To have eternal life is to live the kind of life that God our Eternal Father lives. He has provided a plan for us to obtain this blessing, and is anxious to help us achieve it. This is our goal in life, to enjoy the things that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ enjoy, for eternity. This is only made possible through obedience to the laws of God, but we are ALL sinners and BECAUSE we all sin, Jesus Christ suffered for us so that we would have the chance to be clean of our sins and mistakes, and return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father eternally. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Patrick
As a full-time missionary myself, I can say that I funded my own mission personally. I prepared for a few years to serve as a full-time missionary and I worked at a plasma center for 15 months and saved so that I would be able to serve the Lord for two years. Many are surprised to hear this, and many even find it foolish. But I know that the Lord is very aware of our individual sacrifices that we make for Him, and that He will bless us for those sacrifices. Trials cannot be made without sacrifice, and faith cannot be made without trials. (Ether 12:6) The pamphlets and books we shared with others are created and funded through tithing money. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Patrick
Chastity is a big fancy sounding word that simply means sexual purity, or "saving yourself for marriage" as many people say and remaining faithful to your spouse during your marriage. It is a law of God, and has been since, well, forever. Chastity also means keeping our minds pure from sexual thoughts as well. We do this in many ways, including staying away from pornography in any form (books, magazines, internet, music, movies, thoughts/fantasies, etc.) like a balloon should stay away from a cactus. In Gods law of chastity, He has made it clear to us that homosexual relations are prohibited, as well as abortions. Such sins mock the power that God has given us to create physical bodies for His spirit children. We believe that true love and happiness come as we follow this commandment, not to mention safety from many physical and emotional problems that come through breaking this commandment. It can be a difficult commandment to keep nowadays, but it is most definitely worth it. :) Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Patrick
A testimony is a witness or a testament of something that is true. One place people give their testimony is in court. They state the facts as they have seen, experienced, or witnessed them to be. But the difference between a testimony given by the Holy Ghost to that of a normal witness, is that it is experienced solely in the heart, and not with any other senses. It cannot be argued against, because it comes from within, and it comes from God. It is the way we know the truth of things which are true, but are not seen. (Ether 12:6; Moroni 10:5; Alma 32:21) Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Patrick
God loves all of HIs children and we are required to do the same. We are also required to refrain from certain actions, though we may have desires that are extremely powerful, and tempt us to perform such actions. God will give us strength to resist temptation as we rely on Him and our Savior. He will reward us for conquering temptation and maintaining self control. I am a member of this church who deals with such issues. It's hard. And it affects a lot in my life. But I know that God wouldn't give me, or let me have anything in my life that was too hard to handle. Whether I believe I can handle it or not. But I guess that's what faith is right? "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him." (James 1:12) Show more Show less