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Hi I'm Andrew (Andy) Patterson

I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love Scotland- our history, culture and future and think there are few (if any) better countries in the world! However, I also like other countries and cutures. I spent 4 years in the USA- covering my first 4 yeras of school so I have a definite weakness for all things American. I currently work for a world-wide research organisation, helping bring new pharmaceuticals to the market. My interests are my family- wife Carline, 3 sons and one daughter; with one daughter-in-law and one almost daughter-in-law.

Why I am a Mormon

Twenty years ago I met my wife-to-be. One of the first things she told me that she was a Mormon. I started attending Church with her and gradually became more interested in the Doctrines of the Mormon Church (properly called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). Although I recognised the goodness in these teachings, I wasn't prepared to be baptised a member. Then I heard a talk given by a ten-year old boy- on the doctrine of eternal marriage. That boy was my stepson. Right there and then I realised that I wanted to have an eternal marriage and family and that the Mormon Church was the only way that I could have that. Since that day I have learned more about Mormon beliefs and everything I have learned has felt right. I have learned that God is a loving Father who wants us to be happy and successful- exactly what I want for my own children. Just as with my family, there are rules for the way I should behave. These rules aren't meant to spoil my life- just the opposite. They keep me and my family safe and give us the chance to be happy- for ever. As Mormons we don't think that we're better than non-Mormons. The Church is NOT for perfect people. The Church helps me to overcome the problems I experience. I know I fall short of the standards set by God- but I also know that I can change those parts of life. That is what Jesus Christ did for me- for all of us. He gave us the chance to undo the wrongs (repent) and make ourselves better. One step at a time!

How I live my faith

I live my Faith by trying to do what I'm asked. I have held many callings (positions) in the Church- previously I've been a teacher for the primary children as well as a Counsellor (advisor) to local unit leaders. I'm currently the Stake Young Men's President for the Edinburgh Scotland Stake. This means that I help run programmes and activities for the boys and young men aged 12 through 18. I'm proud to work with the teenagers that I come across- in this day and age of troubles I have nothing but admiration for the strength and courage they show by their commitment to their Faith.

What is being a Mormon like?

Andrew (Andy) Patterson
Being a Mormon gives life a purpose. My life before baptism had enjoyment and fun, ups and downs. This is still true. Being a Mormon does not protect me from the downs or challenges of life but it does give me a purpose. Show more Show less