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Hi I'm Pat

I'm a husband, a father of three, and a federal agent. I love sports, like to play cowboy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah ranching, rodeoing, and playing every sport I had time for. After high school and a year of college, I put my rodeo dreams on hold and served a two year mission for the Church. That decision would change my life forever. After serving my mission and coming home a few weeks after 9/11, I had a strong desire to continue to serve others and to help those in need. Shortly thereafter, I met the most wonderful woman in the world and married her. A week after we were married, I became a police officer! We were thrust right into one of the most difficult lifestyles for marriages. Ten years later, my family has grown and my wife and I moved our little family to the southwest where I’m still continuing my career in service as a federal agent in Arizona. My wife and I have two handsome, energetic sons and a beautiful daughter. Our daughter was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome (RTS). We are educated daily in the joys and trials involved with raising a child with special needs. We have learned to trust in the Lord with every step we take and we wouldn’t change it for the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I often ask myself, “where and who would I be without the Gospel of Jesus Christ?” In high school and college, I wasn't the most active person in the Church. Rodeo life can be tough with all the traveling involved. Being in law enforcement is hard too. Not just spiritually, but mentally and physically as well. You live in a world in which most people are not accustomed to and the lifestyle takes its toll on you and probably more so on your family. You see, hear, and do things that people shouldn’t have to deal with, but that’s the world we live in. Having a daughter with special needs has opened my eyes to a whole new world all together too. I'd be a liar if I said there haven't been tears over her. There have been a lot of tears. For a lot of reasons! Fear, gratitude, heart break, love, sadness and joy! And prayers for just as many reasons. My testimony of the gospel has given me knowledge that our Heavenly Father loves us very much. I know He does not give us trials that we are not capable of handling. He hears and answers our prayers. I know His plan of salvation is a plan of happiness. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that He lives! Through Him, we can be made perfect. I know my daughter came to us just the way she was supposed to...perfect. I know my marriage is eternal and my family can be together forever. Hope is real when sustained by faith.

How I live my faith

I serve in the Church by serving as a Sports Representative for sport activities and as a teacher in a class for some of the men of the Church. I believe in the scripture that says, "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." That's just one of the reasons why I work in my current career field. I can't count the times others have come to my aid through service. I do my best to find time to serve others in ways that I can. Through the years, I have also found our greatest influence can be that of example before others. I have been blessed to have great men in my life who have been great examples to me. They have taught me how to live the gospel, work hard, and be a loving husband and father. I live my faith by doing my best to practice what I teach and learn. I know I have many flaws, but like I said...I do my best. I know one of Satan's most powerful tools is discouragement. I know I probably have more flaws than the next guy, but when I get discouraged, I keep my head up. When we get knocked down, we get back up. When we find obstacles in our path, we keep pressing forward. I know I have a long way to go, but at least I'm a work in progress.