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Hi I'm Patrick

I grew up in South Jersey. I'm a Submarine Veteran. I'm a Triathlete. Most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my Kindred Spirit and am a proud Father of 2 beautiful Daughters. I work at a Nuclear Power Plant as a Nuclear Control Supervisor. My interests include swimming, cycling, running and triathlons. As a family we enjoy going to hockey games, traveling to the mountains and participating in other outdoor adventures.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I attended many different churches. My parents would often change churches when it didn't suit their needs. Because of this I drifted away from attending any church as a teenager. Despite having fond memories of learning Bible Stories in Sunday School as a child, I continued not attending church as an adult. While serving in the Navy, I found myself drifting away from any of the gospel teachings I learned in my youth. I was living a life of sin and quickly found myself in a dark place. I didn't know what to do. I resolved to doing something I hadn't done for many years. I got on my knees and prayed to Heavenly Father. I prayed for forgiveness. I prayed for help. It was the most sincere prayer I had ever made in my life up to that point. Through my tears I did find comfort. After praying for what seemed to be a lifetime, I rose from my knees and felt hope. I met my wife to be, shortly after turning to Heavenly Father in prayer. My new found love was a member of the Church. She learned of my experiences as a kid growing up in many different churches. She found it amusing that I really enjoyed all the Bible Stories I learned in Sunday School. Using that knowledge she gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and told me it was full of Bible Stories I have never heard. I quickly decided to read it. Through my reading I found inspiration. The teachings within the scriptures were the most clear I have ever read. I wanted to learn more. My wife had the missionaries come teach me. After learning of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, I was challenged to pray and ask Heavenly Father if the Gospel was true. In humility, I prayed to Heavenly Father. I felt a burning in my heart and was filled with comfort. I then knew as I know now, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true Church. I know that Jesus is the Christ and the Book of Mormon is true. I testify of these things humbly in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church, I have had the privilege to teach the youth in Sunday School. I have worked with my wife as both a Nursery leader and as a Weblos Leader in Cub Scouts. I have also humbly served as both an Assistant Clerk and a Ward Clerk. I am currently the 1st Counselor in my Ward's Young Men's Presidency. Serving in these callings has been a blessing in my life. I have grown as a member of the Church because of it. As a worthy male member of the Church, I also teach several Ward families within their homes. Sharing the Gospel, while seeing to my home teaching families specific needs strengthens both my personal relationship with Heavenly Father and that of my own family. As a family, we strive to have a Christ centered home. We read scriptures, pray and share our love as a family. We encourage our children to have personal prayer and scripture study. As a couple, my wife and I pray and study the scriptures together. We have a Family Home Evening once a week. This is where we share a gospel lesson as a family. We get to sing, play games and even have a special treat. As a member of the Church, I pray for the opportunity to share the Gospel with others. In sharing, may my relationship with Heavenly Father and those who choose to listen be strengthened.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Patrick
You can be forgiven of your sins through the Atonement of Jesus Christ by the process of repentance. Because Heavenly Father knew we would sometimes make wrong choices, He provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins (John 3:16). He provided a Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross so that when we sincerely repent, we can be forgiven (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:6). When we sincerely repent, we: - Confess the sin to both God and anyone who has been harmed by our sin. In cases of serious sin, confession needs to be made to the proper priesthood authority. - Ask forgiveness from God and from anyone we have harmed. - When possible, repair the damage we have done. - Forsake our sins. - Strive to keep the commandments. Sincere repentance brings peace and forgiveness. God has promised, “Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:42). Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Patrick
Along with evidence of His marvelous creations all around you, Heavenly Father has given you many ways to know for yourself that He lives. You can: - Talk to Him through prayer and ask Him for reassurance and love. - Read the testimonies of special witnesses called apostles and prophets. They have had sacred experiences with God and have recorded these experiences in sacred books called scriptures. - Keep His commandments, which bring you closer to God and help you know that He lives. Your belief in God will grow as you: Pray to Heavenly Father (James 1:5). Study the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:14-17). Obey God’s commandments (John 14:21-23). As you act on your desire to believe, God will strengthen your belief in Him until it becomes sure knowledge (Book of Mormon, Alma 32:27-35). Show more Show less