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Hi I'm Patrick Merl

I am Austrian. I do endurance sports. I am a doctor, husband and father. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I live with my family in Germany and work as a doctor. I chose to become a doctor because I enjoy working with people. I am interested in their stories and their lives. I come from a family that places great value on social involvement. I believe that one of my talents is the gift of having a good understanding for the conditions and needs of my fellow men. My work as a doctor helps me improve the quality of life of suffering people. I am a family man. The family I come from and the family of my wife and my two sons are very important to me. I feel that the family is always a source of energy. A large part of my identity and strength come from my family. This is something I want to pass on to those I love most. Endurance sports are a hobby for me and an important way to balance out the stress of daily life. I find peace in the exercise and find an opportunity to enjoy nature, to step away from things and to consider important questions. In the physical exertion I am able to see things from another perspective and often find solutions when I am looking for answers.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where ethical values were always held in high esteem. My mother comes from a Mormon family. My father converted from Judaism when I was 6 years old. Even before that time my mother had taken me to the meetings in the Church, so I basically grew up in this faith. At the age of 8, I was baptized as is usually the practice in the Church. I continued to develop with the values and principles taught by the Church as my standards when making important decisions. I have lived my life according to these values. Up until now this has given me many valuable experiences, some challenges, but also many wonderful things. As I was growing up and as an adult my challenge is and has been to confirm my faith in the conditions that determine my life. One of the most important characteristics of my faith is that an active and personal relationship with God should always be a central part of one's spirituality. I seek daily to live according to my inner beliefs. These beliefs are documented daily in my actions. I am a Mormon because I regularly see how my faith helps me in my life and because I see that God is a part of my life.

How I live my faith

An important principle that confirms the truth of my faith is found in the saying, "by their fruits shall ye know them." If I am successful in following Christ by caring for my neighbor and his needs, then I am living my faith. The fruits that I produce come from my attitude in life and what I make of it. Among other things, this includes charity, idealism, family loyalty, social involvement, respectful treatment of God's creations, especially the things that I recognized as gifts of God in my life such as honesty, humility and faith. In order to realize this and other ideals, I depend upon the many resources that are available to me as a faithful Mormon. These include prayer, scripture study, instructions from inspired, living Church authorities and my own personal involvement in Church life.