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Hi I'm Patrick

I love The Lord and I'm a Mormon because I had never uttered those words in my life, before I found this church.

About Me

I'm a convert, I went to AA for about 28 years before finding the church. I don't use drugs, smoke, break the Commandments or even drink tea or coffee anymore, but I have lots of stories about how none of these things ends well. I'm currently homeless. No fixed address, just a post office box and a rented room. It's annoying, but it's not the first time. A year ago, I was at the end of an abusive marriage that saw me living on an air mattress in the basement of my own house, afraid to so much as tell the children to change the channel on the television without another indignity of being overruled in front of them. I got this way because 15 years ago, when she was pregnant with our first child, my wife asked me for a divorce, and I did everything in my power to stay with her so I could be with my first born son. She saw this as a weakness and used it as a weapon to degrade me. In all she asked me for a divorce 5 times before I'd finally had enough. A month or so before the last time, a friend of mine from work, who was a Mormon told me that being miserable is not the plan that our Heaveanly Father has for us. He wants us to live happy lives and return to Him. That was like throwing a life preserver to a drowning man. I left my wife, lost my kids, lost my house. I have no idea how this will turn out. But then neither did the Disciples when they left to follow Jesus. Don't you think they left a mess behind too? I love the Lord. Thank God he knows me by name.

Why I am a Mormon

The best way to explain why I am a Mormon is to say what I told my Mom. I love The Lord. Those words alone are enough to let anyone who has ever known me see that something here is radically different. In my entire life before discovering this church, I had never uttered (or written) those words before. I knew the Bible. I was raised an Episcopalian and I went to church regularly as a child. But there were years when I didn't believe in Jesus and lots of times I didn't believe in God. So I may be the most surprised of all to hear myself saying these words. Since discoverng this church, the words in the bible and in prayers and in the services that I had always heard have taken on such new meaning. The best description I can give people is that it's like I've been sitting in a 3D movie all this time without the glasses. Sure I could follow the stories and all, but they kind of laid there and looked a little fuzzy. When I discovered the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, it was like putting on the 3D glasses. All of a sudden, things that had been so flat, seemed to jump right up out of the pages at me. I recognized when we pray in church, that we use the format that Jesus taught us. I had to learn not to shop on Sunday (Keep holy the Sabbath. It's one of the Commandments) I'd always heard that commandment, but I didn't think anybody was actually trying to do what it said in the Bible. That's the real revelation about this church, everybody is trying to do as we were all told. It's so cool to me to learn all the different ways people in the church are actively working to do what it says in the Bible on a daily basis, not just for an hour on Sunday. I'm still trying to get the hang of Being a Mormon. Like learning to plan so I don't have to shop on Sunday. What I find is that doing so keeps me mindful at all times and in all places of our Heavenly Father. That's what I was looking for. I don't know how to be a half Christian. I'm all in

How I live my faith

I live my faith on a day to day basis. I read the scriptures and pray out loud every night because I find that I remember the words better if I read out loud. I pray every morning and I try and remember to pray at noon, but that is much harder for me. As a single dad, I have established Family Home Evening on my wednesday nights with my children. I take them to church with me on my weekends (which they seem to love). I had to go out and buy them church clothes, which I keep in a big suitcase for them. I just received my first calling, which is with 7 year olds in Primary, which is great. Being a new convert, I'm not much ahead of them. I'm hoping being with them on those weekends when I can't be with my own children won't make me cry. My hope is that if I'm well prepared, I'll sail through it and do well at the lessons and it won't bother me. I love to go to the Temple. I love the way my spirit feels after havving been there. I can feel the spirit burning strongly in my chest. We are so fortunate to have the Temple and a living prophet. Finding this church, converting to Mormonism and having the Spirit live within me are the best things that have ever happened to me. I am so happy to be able to pass that along to others. I keep the names of those I do service for in a journal so that I can pray for them in this life and so I will know them in the next. I spoke at a Fast Sunday a month or so ago, and began with a line from A Tale of Two Cities. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times". Surely this first year has been that.