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Hi I'm Jeff Patterson

I am about to spend two years of my life as a missionary in Lima Peru. I always try to help others and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Jeff and I just finished my first year of college at Brigham Young University. Thus far in my life I have found that one of my biggest passions is learning the Spanish language. I just finished my sixth year of taking it and really hope to be completely fluent someday and use it in my job. I love my family very much and love to spend time with them. I have one brother, and two beautiful sisters that are adopted from Korea. My two sisters perfectly complete my family and I oftentimes forget that they are even adopted until someone else mentions it. I am somebody who really likes sports. Throughout my youth I did almost everything from playing basketball to wrestling. I am proud of being health conscious and of overcoming a childhood weight problem. . I think that life is great! Usually, I wake up and am excited to do something productive or meaningful in some way. As I get older I more clearly see how tremendously blessed I am in my life. I have a great family that supports me. I have a knowledge of the gospel that Jesus Christ taught while he was on the earth. I have been given everything I need to succeed as long as I do my part. In the past few years, I have tried to not take these things for granted. I believe in ALWAYS helping others if we have the chance be it financially, emotionally, physically, or spiritually. This belief is the base of why I have chosen to serve a two-year mission for my church.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially, I was a Mormon because I was born into this Church. For my whole life I had the strong testimony of family members to rely on. I always believed that the things I was being taught were true, but in a lot of ways I didn't fully embrace being a Mormon and wasn't eager to try to dispel the bad reputation that we are sometimes given. I did know, however, that the things that people in the media were attacking Mormons about were things that this Church doesn't teach. Finally, when I was somewhere in my mid-teens I knew it was my time to figure out for myself what I believed. I found out that there comes a time in everybody's life (even if they were born into a church) that they must either convert or choose not to. Around this time, I had several distinct spiritual experiences that I would never dare to deny. This gave me the strength to get over some obstacles in my life that were holding me back. I have read the Book of Mormon and I know that it teaches pure truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ just as the Bible does. I know that through faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior, that we can use His atonement and improve ourselves in ways that would be otherwise impossible. I know that this Gospel completes our souls and makes us able to have the fullest level of happiness in our lives. I am now a Mormon not because my family is, but because I personally believe the doctrine of this Church. I admire any person regardless of what religion that tries to come unto Christ and live inspired teachings. I have a particular respect for all of the faithful members of Islam, the Catholic church, and protestant churches as I have known many in my life. I do believe, however, that this gospel offers the fullness of what Jesus Christ taught while he was on the earth. I know that Joseph Smith was an inspired man and prophet and that he restored the fullness of the Gospel through revelation. I am a Mormon because have felt the Spirit confirm these pure truths to me.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith very outwardly through my actions, but never in a way that would be off-putting to others. I believe that they best way to show others my faith is to serve them. This summer I have been what is called a ward missionary in my church. My role is to greet members of the congregation and visit families. I have really enjoyed trying to strengthen others and uplift them in any way that I can. The way that I live my faith come down to things as simple as smiling at strangers. Waving at people I drive by. I firmly believe that each one of us is a child of God and deserves to be uplifted. I try to always do a level of work for others that I would do for myself. A lot of how I live my faith is outside of the public eye. I try to read my scriptures so that I can develop my relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I try to pray everyday and give thanks for my blessings. I try to think of others more than I think of myself. I try to only have clean thoughts and purify myself more and more every day. In the end, I try to live my life (both public and private spheres) in a way that would please God and make my loved ones proud of me. I am not certain that others notice how I strive to live, but I hope at the least I never am remembered by somebody for something bad.