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Hi I'm Patrick

I’m a father of ten children, husband to one wife. I love baseball, blogging and being a goofball. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Oklahoma, the son of wonderful, loving parents. I spent most of my growing up years on a farm in the country. I have one brother and five sisters. My parents divorced when I was 8, and it broke my heart. My father passed away when I was 12, having struggled most of his life with alcoholism. My mother remarried a few years later, but died unexpectedly when I was 19 years old. Because of the early loss of our parents, my siblings and I are very close. I’ve been married for 27 years to the love of my life, who also happens to be the mother of our 10 children! Parenting has been the great joy, and challenge, of my life, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything (I write a blog on parenting that allows me to capture memories, blow off steam, and leave something behind for my posterity). Professionally, I love the fast-paced, laugh-in-the-face-of-death world of marketing and advertising.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Catholic, and loved going to church with my family. I loved God, and wanted to learn about Him. I even served in church as an alter-boy for a while. But when my parents divorced, we were no longer welcome in our parish, so we stopped going to church. I fell into some bad habits as a teenager, but in my first year of college I decided I needed to reconnect with God. I had a lot of questions about God, life after death, and the meaning of life. My good friend at work, Lewis, taught me concepts from his church which made so much sense. He suggested I learn more from the “Elders”. I was shocked when I met them and found out they were both 19 years old, the same age I was at the time! They taught me about the restored gospel and church of Jesus Christ, and I immediately felt that they were teaching me the truth. My fervent and frequent prayers confirmed that such was the case, and I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That was 32 years ago to the day I am writing this.

How I live my faith

Knowing the truth doesn’t make me perfect, but it does give me a perfect path back to God. After I joined the Mormon church, I chose to serve a two year mission to share my new faith with others. It was the greatest two years of my life. My wife and I have raised our kids in the Mormon faith, and it has made all the difference. Sometimes I make mistakes, but I have faith that my Heavenly Father will help me be the best man I can be; for myself, my family, and my community. I currently teach Sunday school to the 16-18 year old youth. I try to follow the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and I testify of his love and power and teachings as often as I can. I’m so grateful for the help he gives me as a person, as a husband, and as a father to this big freaking family!