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Hi I'm Pat

I'm a parent of four young adult daughters, a college student advisor and a follower of Jesus Christ and His Church.

About Me

As a father of four children and a college student advisor I have been very interested in how people define their mission in life. I have tried to help others, as well as my own children, to reach their potential and feel as if they have a purpose, a reason to confront the challenges that life sends their way. I try to instill in them a feeling that Heavenly Father sent them here to accomplish something, not just to exist but to go forth with a purpose and goal in life. I enjoy helping others to grow and embark on their own personal missions. As hobbies I enjoy traveling with my family, seeing historical sights, and learning about my own personal history.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a young adult when LDS friends cared enough to invite me into their lives. They did not seem to be swayed by my very active and involved Methodist Church membership. They did not push their religion on me but their genuine friendship was impressive. As various events in my life seemed to be orchestrated by a caring Heavenly Father who knew me I began to seek more knowledge about how He works with his children. As such, I investigated the LDS faith along with the teachings of other faiths and came to believe that the doctrine taught by the LDS Church was true doctrine. After my baptism, I read the Book of Mormon for a testimony of its truthfulness and came to know without any doubt that Joseph Smith could not have authored its pages. As such, I came to know that he truly was a prophet of God since he organized the Church and sought revelation from God as to it's doctrine and authority.

How I live my faith

I am very appreciative of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I love talking about the Savior's teachings with others and working to build up the Kingdom of God. I do that by serving others in my local congregation as a teacher and leader. I love teaching the Gospel, helping others understand how the Lord is guiding their lives, and preparing others for the second coming of the Savior.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Pat
The Lord instructed Peter, "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matt 1619 This same authority has been given the Lord's apostles in these times and men and women and families are sealed together for time and eternity in God's holy temples. I and my wife have been sealed in the Los Angeles temple and our marriage is strengthened by the knowledge that our union and our relationship with our children will continue throughout the eternities as we strive to perfect ourselves and remain worthy of this wonderful blessing. Show more Show less

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

Pat
No teaching of the Savior's Gospel has had a bigger impact on me than to know that there is a plan of happiness for Heavenly Father's children. God has a plan for you and I and a purpose for this life for us. He gives us agency-the freedom to choose-and then a lifetime of experiences that test our faith, to grow and learn, and to choose to follow Him so that we can enjoy an eternity of joy and happiness. I have been blessed as I came to know that we lived with Heavenly Father before we were born upon the earth as Jeremiah describes in his first chapter. I was also touched with the knowledge that we can return to Heavenly Father with the goal of an eternal purpose--to become like Him and create our own worlds. I have been blessed to have an understanding of the atonement and mission of Jesus Christ, His love for us and the work He was sent here to accomplish. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Pat
Mormon missionaries are called and set apart to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.They will share their testimony of the love of God, an understanding of the principles of the Gospel, and help those with interest gain a personal knowledge of their Heavenly Father. When I was a new member of the Church, I too was given an opportunity to serve as a missionary and was called to serve in the Netherlands. As a missionary I felt the guiding influence of my Father in Heaven in my life, the frequent promptings of the Holy Ghost, and received the tutoring that solidified my testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ. I met many wonderful people, some who joined the Church, but many more who just wanted to learn more of what our Church taught. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Pat
Heavenly Father established the family unit as the way to bring His Children out of His presence to earth so that they may return to Him as glorified beings. Even though He will not force us, one of the purposes of a family is to help His children find their way back to their Heavenly home. It is a wonderful teaching of the Church that we can return to God as a family, with our spouse and children forever sealed to us. Heavenly Father also sent us to the earth to complete a mission. A part of that mission is to return to His presence and become as He is. He shares the opportunity to have a small understanding of what it means to be a "creator" by giving us the joy and happiness to assist Him in bringing children to the earth. This creative power is sacred and intended to be used within the bounds of the love between a husband and wife. There is no greater joy than that which exists between two loved ones who find that happiness in their life is multiplied when children bless their lives. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Pat
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets on the American continent. It was translated by the gift and power of God by Joseph Smith, a young man God called to help organize His church in these latter days. I have read this book many times, have prayed to know if it is true, received an answer to those prayers many times, and love the Book of Mormon. My favorite scripture from the Book of Mormon is from the Second chapter of Mosiah, which says "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true for the Lord God hath spoken it." Verse 41. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Pat
First of all, you have to want to believe in a "truth". Latter-day Saints believe that God is the source of truth, that he reveals truths to a living prophet, and that it is a part of our earthly mission to have religious truth revealed to us. All of God's children, regardless of background and upbringing, can have God reveal His truth to them. That happens when we open our minds to wanting to know if God will reveal truth to us, when we go to Him in humble prayer and seek His guidance regarding truth, when we study the word of God and put His teachings to the test, when we listen with our heart for the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, and as we strive to live the commandments of God in our lives. In spite of my religious background I felt there was more truth than what I occasionally heard on Sundays at church. I sought further truth by investigating other beliefs. I accepted an invitation to read the Book of Mormon. I prayed for guidance regarding finding truth. And I listened to promptings from the Holy Ghost regarding that which I was feeling. After searching for truth for almost two years, I felt the Lord was telling me to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interestingly I felt that my previous faith and Church had been a part of the preparation that led me to new revealed truths. After many questions and over 35 years, I have never regretted my decision to join this Church and feel it is truly the path laid out by the Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Pat
As someone not raised in the Church I was very intrigued by the story of Joseph Smith, a young man who claimed to be visited by Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and other heavenly messengers, one who translated the Book of Mormon, and the one used by the Savior to organize His Church in preparation for the second coming of Jesus Christ. As a Christian I believed that the Lord could talk with ordinary men and call them to do His work, as the Savior did to the persecutor Saul on the road to Damascus. I believed in the need for living prophets to guide and direct us, especially in these difficult times. I also felt that if the Lord would be returning He would want a prepared people. But Joseph Smith? I studied his life. I discussed his imperfections with many. Growing up in the Midwest I visited many of the places where he walked, talked and lived. And I become convinced that in spite of doctrines that were foreign and even initially difficult to understand, Joseph Smith could not have invented this Gospel. The final testimony that made a difference to me was reading the Book of Mormon and I was convinced without question that the Book was true. As I became aware of that truth, I was impressed that if the book was true, then Joseph Smith had to be a prophet because he translated the book from plates long buried by the ancient inhabitants of America. I prayed for guidance from God and had a spiritual experience that the Book of Mormon was true and Joesph indeed a prophet of God. Show more Show less