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Hi I'm Pat

I have lived my whole life in Pennsylvania. I have worked for Penn State University for thirty years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father and a grandfather. I love being both. I consider myself an amateur woodworker. I have built a hope chest for my eldest daughter and multiple other large and small projects including a set of solid oak bunk beds for two of our grandchildren. I have spent thirty years teaching college and the last fourteen leading information technology management for my school in addition to teaching. I have been active in my professional associations and have organized national, regional, and international conferences over the years. My greatest joys and satisfaction come from my family. It is such a wonderful thing to see my children love each other and be each other's best friends. They are each living the gospel and teaching their children to live the gospel. My sweetheart is the love of my life and we enjoy spending time together. In the last four years I have been battling with cancer and it looks like the cancer may win the battle. We are secure in the knowledge that our marriage and relationship will endure forever. Death has no fear for me because of my relationship with the Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was seventeen years old. I have been an active member of the Church since my baptism. The Church came into my life at just the right time. I was looking for answers and wondered about God and my relationship with him. After the first discussion that missionaries taught me they left a copy of the Book of Mormon. As soon as I started reading it, I felt like I was reading an old friend. It rang true to me. I love reading and studying the Book of Mormon. After joining the Church I had one year of home study seminary and we studied the Book of Mormon. That was when I developed a true testimony that has led me to serve and live the gospel. I have had the good fortune to serve a mission, marry in the temple, and serve in many different positions in the Church. My testimony is that everything that is good and wonderful in my life has been a result of my living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the scriptural passages where the Savior refers to us as His friends. I know that the Savior lives and that he is my friend and Redeemer. We are told that we will know the truth by the fruit. The fruit of the gospel has been sweet to my soul. I have put the Book of Mormon and the teachings of the Church to the test by living the teachings and my life has been richly blessed. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living Church. It is led by a living prophet and apostles. The head of this Church is the Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Over the years since I became a member of the Church I have been blessed with many opportunities to serve. As I prayed to Heavenly Father and pleaded for the opportunity to serve as a missionary, I promised that I would do all I could to serve all my days. I was blessed with the opportunity to serve a mission. Since that time my life has been filled with opportunities to serve in the Church. I have taught in the programs for young children, youth, young adults, and adult Sunday School. Most of my adult life I have served in significant leadership responsibilities. I was called to be a branch president of a small congregation less than a year after my mission and a year later our congregation became a larger congregation called a ward. At twenty-four I became a new and very young bishop of that congregation. One of the greatest blessings of all my service opportunities has been getting to know and love so many different people. My life has been richly blessed by all of those associations. I like to believe that I have been of some help to those I have served over the years and continue to serve. I feel fortunate that even while fighting with cancer I still have opportunities to serve. My membership in the Church has also encouraged me to be involved in my community. I have been active in local politics, service organizations, scouting, professional associations, and community organizations. One of my treasured recognitions is the Beaver Family Community Service award I received several years ago. I believe it is important to make a difference in the world and that can be done in small ways one person at a time.