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Hi I'm Patrick

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am going on a mission soon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was involved in choir and theater in high school. I like to read. My favorite kind of books are fantasy. I like to play video games.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this church is the true church. I have seen too many instances of its power and have received so many blessings from following its precepts to deny its truth.

How I live my faith

I am a teacher in the Church. I go to church every week. I am serving a mission. I try to invite others to come unto Christ.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The family is central to God's plan. God provided us with families so we could be happy. Families are here to strengthen us and to serve one another. Parents are here to teach us the things we shoud do to be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father. They are here to love us and help us a long this long and difficult path. While it may be difficult to live with family members sometimes, they are our first, last, and strongest line of support. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

We have always had a Bible. But after Jesus's death and the death of his Apostles, his authority and power were lost from the Earth. This period of time is called the Great Apostasy. Without the authority and power of God, men were forced to rely on their own understanding and interpretation of the Bible, rather than God's understanding and wisdom. Overtime, people began to argue and dispute about what various passages in the Bible meant, and began to translate or even remove things from the sacred book that did not agree with their teachings or thoughts. Many scriptures prophesy of this falling away. Prophets like Amos, Isaiah, Paul, and Peter all spoke of this falling away. Joseph Smith lived in New York during the Great Enlightenment. This was a time of great religious excitement in America. Jospeh wanted to know which church was right, since they all seemed to disagree with each other. After reading James 1:5, he prayed to God and asked his question. God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph. They told him to join no church, and that when the time was right, Joseph Smith would lead the world out of the spiritual darkness which had encompassed it. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost has many different roles in our lives. His primary role is to act as a teacher. It is through the power of the Holy Ghost that we receive a witness of the truth. Another name for the Holy Ghost is the Comforter. The Holy Ghost has the pwoer to bring peace, tranquility, and comfort in to our lives when we need it. You can recognize the Holy Ghost by the feelings you have. Every person feels the Holy Ghost differently, but in general the feelings used to describe the power of the Holy Ghost are peace, love, comfort, and happiness. The Holy Ghost is avaliable to everyone. But in order to receive the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, you must first be baptized by someone having the proper priesthood authority and then, again by someone with priesthood authority, have hands placed upon your head and be given a blessing to receive the Holy Ghost. Even when we have received the blessing of the Holy Ghost, his constant companionship still depends on our faithfulness and obedience to God's commandments. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is spiritual knowledge. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, we all can receive a witness of the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The basis of our testimonies are centered around the knowledge that God is our loving Heavenly Father and that his Son, Jesus Christ, died for us. Show more Show less