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Hi I'm Oakley Paterson

I was born and raised in Cardston Alberta, I love swimming, I'm a outdoors lover and im a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated from high school just over a year ago. I'm currently serving as a missionary for the church in the great city of NEW YORK! It's a blessing to be here and to bring the light of the gospel into the lives of those living in this city. I have spent 6 months of my life in the beautiful island of Bermuda as a missionary there, the experiences I had there changed my life. And as I witnessed many souls come unto Christ I made a commitment to serve my father in heaven for the rest of my life. I plan on returning to Bermuda to raise an adorable family:)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but never had a testimony of my own. My 5 exemplarary older siblings set incredible examples for me that I felt were far beyond my capabilities. I was complacent and found joy in the things the world had to offer and soon found myself in a deep hole. I was bitter, angry and upset. I felt the pressure from family members and friends to serve a mission and that only turned me farther away. I got to the point where I was so miserable I couldn't deal with it anymore. I had tried the repentance process (now looking back I realize how half- hearted I was) and didn't feel anything. I felt like there was no hope for me. I settled for the thought that I would perish and the rest of my family would have everlasting life. My heart took a turn as I began to observe the behaviors and examples of other, Mormon students in my highschool. One friend in particular seemed to have a light about her at all times that I desired so badly to have. i decided to pray, and truly beg my father for forgiveness of my mistakes. And for the first time in years. I felt the love that God has for me. Almost as if he was wrapping his arms around me, and I heard the words "everything will be fine" From that moment on I have not been perfect, I strayed from the gospel even since that experience, but I have seen so many lives being changed as I have labored as a missionary for the past 1.5 years. I have seen the changing power of the atonement and I know it's real. I know now, that i will never leave the gospe again. Because there is nothing out there for me. And I would encourage everyone to hold on to the atonement of Jesus Christ and never let go. :)

How I live my faith

I am very imperfect, to this day old habits and temptations haunt me, but I find JOY and peace in knowing that I have a savior who loves me. I have never been good and digging deep into the scriptures and really understanding them. But as I have practiced demonstrating Christlike love towards others I have found so much joy in that. I read my scriptures every day, don't always understands everything, but I can live my faith by being an example of the believers. By being an example of Jesus Christ and loving others. I don't know all the doctrinal answers, but I know my savior loves me and loves all his children. So I have the responsibility to show that love to others.. We all do. 🙏🏽