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Hi I'm Patrick Andal

I grew up in Stockton, CA. I play water polo, have lived in 5 states in the last 2 years, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I have a Catholic father and a Mormon mother, I ended up being an only child... and loving it! I feel like my family dynamic and diverse city helped me to see the way the world is ran from many different perspectives. Through involvement in water polo and basketball in high school and jobs in rougher parts of town, I have been blessed with amazing friends of all backgrounds. Above all it has made me an open-minded person who enjoys learning from different cultures and styles. I am currently an undergrad studying Accounting with an interest in working in the sports world someday. I am a big Los Angeles Dodgers fan and like country music, as well as R&B and jazz. I feel that the more balanced our interests and hobbies are, the more complete and happy we feel.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents of different faiths decided early on to raise me a Mormon. I went to church with my mom nearly every Sunday, but mostly because I had to. It wasn't until I wasn't following through with everything that I believed that I felt something was missing. The old adage that "you don't know what your missing until it's gone" really become apparent. Fortunately, Christs gospel is one of forgiveness and starting over. My beliefs were strengthened as I was able to overcome weaknesses and tendencies by practicing the same principles I learned as a child. Though being a Mormon doesn't take away challenges or the impact that they have, I certainly feel better equipped to face the inevitable. With a full perspective on God's plan for us, immediate trials don't seem too important, and even the larger one's will have only slight impacts on our eternal future. The more faith I show during the "low" points, the more I feel that I am blessed with miracles that show that God lives. I am a Mormon because I know that similar experiences are available to all, and that we are all here to help one another with the same goal to return to live with God again.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to participate in many activities in the community through my local church. Most recently I was given the role of Joseph in the Christmas play. I was also heavily involved in Boy Scouts. Our church's youth program helped me to improve the quality of schools and libraries around town, as well as help reconstruct and remodel other churches in the community. Every young man in our congregations is taught how and given the opportunity to develop and lead a community service project. We also participated collectively as teenagers (both male and female) to look out for the elderly and special needs people within close proximity to us. I returned from a 2 year mission in Albuquerque, NM and El Paso, TX this past August. I feel like I grew out of my "only child syndrome" as I learned to put others before myself. I saw how the power of addictions, the dangers of abuse, and the hopelessness that is prevalent in society effects the family. We believe in the importance of family and spent most of our time helping to bring families closer together. All families are different but everyone has someone that loves and cares about them, even though they might not be blood related. I have gained my faith primarily because of the frequent opportunity to serve others.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Patrick Andal
Sunday worship is split into three 1-hour segments. Visitors are allowed to attend any one and stay for as long as they would like to. The first segment is the most important one. It is full of hymns and includes two to three speakers of the congregation. Each meeting begins and closes with a prayer. In between all of this, bread and water are passed around to all present. This is done to symbolically remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Visitors are given the option to partake of either one or to pass the tray on to the next individual. The next segment is a Sunday School that teaches of the fundamentals of our faith. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and the teaching is flexible to cater around one's interests and questions. The last segment is split depending on age and gender. The goal is to learn the concepts in a way applicable to current life situations. Teenage girls obviously differ from elderly men, and so classes are split up based on age and gender. All woman over 18 meet together in what's called Relief Society, while all the males gather as well. Youth ages 12-18 also learn together, while children under the age of 12 learn the basics in what's called Primary. Visitors are always welcome and members of the congregation are open and used to answering questions. Participation is not expected. In general, Mormons just love to meet new people! Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Patrick Andal
Missionaries will teach about Christ's Atonement and how it relates to His church today and the ultimate plan that God has for us. More important than teaching the concepts, however, is the ability to apply them in one's life. The missionaries goal is to take the common truths we have come to accept and help others experience the effects in their lives. Their message will center around the learner's questions and current life challenges. Show more Show less