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Hi I'm Patrick

I've traveled the world. I'm a philanthropist. I'm a husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father was a social worker and a professor and my mother was an occupational therapist. I learned early on about the importance of family and serving others. Though we lived in a small town with not a lot of diversity, we also learned about respecting others and appreciating culture. I went on to study international development in college and then work for a microfinance organization. I later started my own non-profit that was geared towards educating students about extreme poverty in developing countries and motivating them to act. Eventually I hope to tie my love for international development with another passion, real estate development, and help vulnerable people secure safe and affordable housing in the developing world. I love spending time with my wife. We like to bowl, enjoy the outdoors and watch movies. I also enjoy playing the piano, singing and doing home improvement projects.

Why I am a Mormon

With our greatest gift from God—our freedom to choose—we each decide our life’s path and journey. And on that path, everyone decides what they believe or don’t believe. Do we believe in a god? Do we believe in government? Do we believe in family? Do we believe in religion? Do we believe in work? The wonder and beauty of being human is that we have the power and ability to decide our beliefs, our values and our standards. No one can tell us otherwise. I believe in a God in Heaven and I know He is my Father. I know He lives and loves me unconditionally. I believe He is perfect and all powerful. With such knowledge, I can have faith in Him, for I know He will do no wrong or do anything that would hurt me. I know He loves me so much that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die as a sacrifice for sin. Not only for our sins but our pains, sickness, infirmities and weaknesses. I know that through Christ’s resurrection that we will live again. After losing my father at the age of 18, this knowledge brought me great peace and reassurance. I know that through Christ all is possible. His grace or divine help works miracles in those that exercise faith in Him. I believe God has always spoken through prophets. I know He does today. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who received the authority and power to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ to these latter days. We can know of the goodness of ones labors through their fruits. The translation of the Book of Mormon through the prophet Joseph Smith is one of the most significant and important fruits one can find of his labors. The Book of Mormon and the Bible are Gods words. Adhering to the teachings found therein has blessed my life. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true and living church of Christ. We can make our own choices but we can’t choose our consequences. Sometimes our choices bring us great sorrow and pain and we choose not to do it again because we know of the consequences. On the other hand, we quickly learn to try to do those things that bring us happiness. I speak boldly and say I know these things are true because of their fruits. The choices I have made to follow Christ and live by His teachings have brought great and wonderful consequences in my life, that of peace, happiness and joy.   

How I live my faith

I try to be Christ like in all that I do. I’m far from perfect but I try to love, serve and care for others as Christ does. As the bishop of our ward congregation, I am blessed with many opportunities to love and serve others each and every day. My greatest joy comes through serving others. There is no greater feeling than seeing one feel and experience the love of Christ. I count it a great blessing and honor, if I am, in anyway, responsible for facilitating that. To help me be more Christ like, I pray for charity, I read and study the life of Christ and seek to do His will. To show my faith in God, I try to be obedient to all of His commandments.