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Hi I'm Patrick Duran

I'm a father and a grandfather. I am an artist. The Lord blessed me with the ability to sculpt and draw even though I had polio.

About Me

As a young child of 1 1/2 years old I got Polio. Many of my younger years I spent my life in and out of hospitals. I was unable to walk for many years. The polio effect the right side of my body. As I spent many days in bed I learned to draw. The Lord blessed me with the gift to create realistic drawings of animals and people and landscapes. Through the grace of God I was able to walk without the aid of crutches. As the years went by I went to school and became a draftsman and later married. I have 3 children and nine grandchildren. Throughout the years I developed my talent to include painting and sculpting. I have made several bronzed statues and I have had many art shows. I am listed in the Boulder Artist Register. I have taught art classes to young and old and to the healthy and disabled. Many years I worked with a company that specialized in bring the Arts to the disabled, mentally handicapped, blind and elderly shut in's. I was able to teach a blind person,who had been an painter that lost her eyesight, to learn to sculpt. She now teaches art classes and has new zest for life. I have been featured in many magazines and newspapers for my art. As grew older the effects of the polio I suffered as a child came back . I now have to use a walker to walk with but I am still able to do my art which I continue to do as much as I can. I am still persevering and hope to make it as a famous artist.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church when my Grandfather became a member. He and my grandmother were the first members to become a Mormons in the family. He helped to start the Spanish American branch of the church in Denver Colorado. My grandfather was on his way to church for an early Priesthood meeting and was ran over by a semi truck and was killed. I was only 9 years old at the time. Then my Grandmother took over and took us to church as long as she could. As her health declined and was unable to go church the children slowly stopped going to church. Some of the children joined other churches. My mother stayed member but was inactive. I still had a testimony of the church and later on when I was a teenager I was baptized along with my two sisters in 1960. I have always had a strong testimony of the church and have felt the presence of the Lord in my life. He has always been there to guide me, comfort me and has brought much happiness and peace to my heart. I was married to my wife at a young age I was 19 and she was 16. We had our struggles but the Lord has always sustained us. My wife joined the church shortly after we were married. We were married in the Manti Temple 10 years later. We have been married for 44 years. We have three children who we have raised in the church. Two of our children were married in the temple. Our oldest son served a mission in Spain. Our youngest son passed away before he had a chance to get married. I don't know how we could have raised them with the help of the church and God in our lives. I am a Mormon because I believe in the gospel and believe that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. The believe that Lord is the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day and is guided by his Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I have tried to live my life as a good husband and father. I have participated in many events of the church. It has brought so much happiness to my life and and family. I have been a ward missionary and have taught the gospel to many people. At meeting at church my son met a Grandson of Joseph Smith and called me to see if I had done a statue of Joesph Smith. I told him no but I had done one of Moroni burying the golden plates, which I used to display at art shows with pamphlets of Joseph Smith. My son thought I should do one of the Prophet. I told him that there was many statues of Joseph Smith that I didn't think looked like him. I heard they had a death mask of him. My son found a photo of the death mask and a painting of him and sent it to me. I had a prayer to my Heavenly father to ask him to put his hands on mine and to guide my eyes and my hands to help me to make the true likeness of Joseph Smith because only he knew what the prophet looked like. I began to sculpt the statue. It began to take shape. My youngest son Matthew helped me work on it, as he also is a great artist. Before I could complete it he passed away. It was then I really realized how much the Prophet Joseph Smith had done to bring forth the gospel and the plan of salvation. I was so grateful that we were all sealed in the temple. I decided to give the statute to the Joseph Smith Family in appreciation for all that Joseph Smith did for all of us. I was able to contact the family and told them of what I was doing. The people in our Peoria Ward heard what I was doing and every one got together along with friends and family and the Spanish Ward and raised the funds necessary to bronze the statue and give it to the family. It was presented to the Family at the Smith Family Reunion on July 3, 2010 in Missouri. After the dedication the families eyes were filled with tears. I know it had It had touched many hearts and opened the gospel to the progenitors of Joseph Smith.