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Hi I'm Pat

I'm a Mormon. Have been since I was 11 years old when I was baptized in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

About Me

I'm a retired U.S. Air Force pilot. I flew B-52 bombers and T-38 trainers. I grew up moving around the Western US because my dad worked for the US government's Department of Interior. I have lived in Colorado, California, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Utah before I was 18 years old. I went to Brigham Young University for a year and then left for a mission for the LDS church to Western Mexico. After coming home and back to BYU, I met and married the most beautiful girl in the world! She was born in Huacho, Peru and had immigrated to the US with her family. They joined the church when she was 11! After graduating from college with a University Studies BA degree, I entered active duty with the US Air Force and spent the next 20 years flying and moving some more. Pilot training in Texas, B-52 training in another part of Texas, then to Guam (little island in the Pacific ocean) for a few years; then Arizona, Nebraska, North Dakota, back to Nebraska, and finally Montana. During all that time we raised 4 kids, 2 boys and 2 girls. After retiring from the Air Force, we ended up in Georgia, where I have my third career going on. I am now a technical writer for an aerospace engineering firm and we have 8 grandkids, 6 girls and 2 boys, all under the age of 12. I miss the bow hunting I enjoyed while living in Montana, but not the cold weather. Now my life centers on my wife and kids and grandkids and my church activity.

Why I am a Mormon

Why? Because that is what I am. A regular guy who doesn't do anything spectacular or have visions. What I do have is an unshakable knowledge that Jesus Christ lived and died for us and through his death and resurrection he provided us with an infinte atonement that allows me, in spite of all the mistakes I have made in my life, to return to our Heavenly Father and live with Him in the eternal realms on high, with my wife and children and grandchildren and mother and father and ancenstors ad-infinitum, because we have been sealed together as a family by the holy priesthood of God in a holy temple of God here on this earth. That power, the holy priesthood, was restored to Joseph Smith, by resurrected beings who had that same priesthood power given to them by Jesus Christ Himself while he was here on the earth. I know this to be true and will go to my eternal rest someday, assured in the knowledge that this is so.

How I live my faith

I have been asked to serve in many different ways (callings) in the churches (wards or branches as we refer to them) where I have lived over the years. Some I did a good job with and some I didn't, but I think that's why I am still asked to serve-to keep serving and doing till I get it right! I currently help coordinate appointments for some church leaders (kind of like a religious administrative assistant) and I also visit some families that attend my local ward (called Home Teaching). I try to visit these families at least once per month and report back to my leaders how they are getting along and if they have any special needs, I try to make sure other people are notified to take care of those needs. For example, I am assigned to visit a widow who has medical and physical problems and lives in a rented trailer. Her kitchen counter cabinet was falling apart, so I notified my leaders and they made arrangements for another member who had the right skills to replace her cabinet. The expenses for materials were covered by my local church unit. His time and labor were all volunteer work. (As an informational item, this volunteer is a major airline pilot who enjoys helping people in his spare time!) I guess it is safe to say that I live my faith one day at a time, saying my prayers daily, asking for help, guidance, protection, and forgiveness. I study and read the scriptures daily, with my wife, and trust in the good Lord to keep us safe and healthy every day. I pray every day for all the families out there in the world who just want the same things; to raise their kids in peace and safety and keep the bills paid on time, and have food to eat-to enjoy the same blessings I enjoy-to be protected from evil, to have kids and grandkids who obey the commandments of God and grow up true to the faith.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Pat
Paying 10% of my income to the church is a privledge. It is a test of my faith and obidience to a commandment from my Heavenly Father. Everything I have, everything I am that's good is something that my Heavenly Father has given me; even the air I breathe and the water I drink. Why would I not want to show my gratitude to Him who gave me everything by only paying a mere one-tenth of my income to Him? The promise He makes to us in the book of Maliachi is so true. I can personally testify to the truth of it! Show more Show less