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Hi I'm Patrick

I'm a Latino from California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a son to two wonderful parents and a brother to one awesome brother who recently returned from serving a mission in Ohio. I grew up in Southern California (Los Angeles and Riverside Counties), moved to Utah to go to Brigham Young University and now call Michigan home. I like to play racquetball and tennis when I get a chance. I like to read, especially sci-fi and fantasy novels. I appreciate art, literature, cars, studying human anatomy and learning how the world works. Music and dance play big parts in my life. I sing and play the piano, love to rock out in my room to music in a variety of languages, dance the night away and just have a great time with friends and family. My parents are both from Central America and they taught me to speak Spanish. I also speak Tongan and a little French from my own studies and also from a two-year mission to Tonga for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since coming back from my mission, I've come to love traveling, and I hope to work and live around the world. I recently graduated in communications with a minor in editing and love to help promote and support good causes. I currently work for an auto company based in Detroit, but eventually would love to work at a consul in another country. My life is only as good as I have made it out to be, and honestly, it's pretty awesome.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both converted to this faith after immigrating from Central America. I was born a member of this church and when I was younger I really just followed my parents' examples. As I got older, I started questioning a lot of things about the religion and sought answers from different places. It wasn't until I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it that I really knew that this was the true church of Jesus Christ. In retrospect, everything I've ever been taught in the Church has led me to do good in this world, to live a healthy and active life and to constantly seek for the best things. The gospel of Jesus Christ has given me a purpose — a goal to strive for in this life. It always gives me strength to endure through hard times because it teaches about a hope for a better future all made possible because of what Christ did for me. I am a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's true church on the Earth today. I've practiced its teachings and have found the gospel to be the ultimate source of joy in my life personally and for my family.

How I live my faith

As a member of my congregation or "ward," I co-lead the committee that oversees ward activities that provide uplifting and engaging atmospheres that allow the member of my ward to mingle and strengthen each other. I help organize service projects and reach out to people in my ward as a teacher and a friend. I also help in local missionary efforts. The thing I love about the gospel is how much it integrates into my life. From the morning until the evening, my faith is part of my day whether it's in prayer, service, or just being a good friend. I live my faith every day by doing my best to obey the commandments of God and follow Christ's example. I'm not perfect so I try to improve every day, one step at a time. As I do this, I strengthen my faith.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We believe that families were created by God and that these relationships can last forever, even after death. That is why family is so important. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, not all Mormons are required to serve a mission. While both men and women have the opportunity, some choose not to serve, while others are not able to do so for a variety of reasons. I know of many faithful members of the Church who did not serve a mission who have touched my life in powerful ways and who have strong testimonies of the Church. My father is one of those members. While not everyone is required to serve, it is highly recommended when possible. There's something amazing that happens when a young man or young woman goes into the world and does a selfless work. While serving my mission in Tonga, my entire focus was on the people and helping them to have happier lives. I grew closer to God and learned humility, hard work and the importance of faith. My experiences have changed my life forever. Show more Show less