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Hi I'm Alex Patrick

I have been greatly blessed with a wonderful family, peace and happiness. I'm a Mormon...and it has made all the difference.

About Me

I was born in Lancaster PA to a very loving mother and father. My mother is a descendant of Hans Herr a significant early settler of Lancaster county and a Mennonite minister. My grandmother Mary was Mennonite until she was excommunicated for marrying a non-Mennonite man, my Grandfather Russell. Russell and Mary spent their lives together and had 5 girls (the oldest being my mother) and 1 boy. After my Grandfathers death in the late 60's, the Mennonites took my Grandmother back and she died in 2007 firm in her Mennonite faith. My Father is a physicist by training and worked for years as an engineer for RCA and Hughes Aircraft designing TV picture tubes. Because of his scientific background he struggled to find a faith broad enough to allow him to reconcile his spiritual and scientific beliefs. In the mid 1970's missionaries came to our row house in the city of Lancaster Pennsylvania and taught my family about Family Home Evening. Within a hand full of months my mother, father, older brother, and one of my older sisters had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am married to Edy, who is from Southern CA and comes from a family with deep Mormon roots. We now love and enjoy our 6 children. These three boys and three girls were born between the years of 1995 and 2007.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know The Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet. I watched my parents join the church when I was a little boy; I believe it instilled me with a simple trust in what they embraced. I will forever be grateful for their faith to embrace this new church and lifestyle. Growing up I loved the feelings I had when I was at church and around Latter-day Saints. We attended each week without fail and it made the church a significant force for good in my life. My closest friends were all members and I felt special and valued in their presence. For me it felt special and unique to be a "Mormon". Between my sophomore and junior year, my family moved to Arizona because of a job change for my father. Arizona held many new experiences for me. Perhaps the greatest change was the fact that the church was much more prominent in AZ than in was in PA. Suddenly there were hundreds of Mormons in my high school and not just 3 of us. Additionally I was able to live near a temple. One night for a church youth activity our leaders took us to the Mesa AZ Temple visitor center. During this visit we were given a tour and shown a video called "Our Heavenly Fathers Plan". While watching this video I must say I had my first real spiritual experience. As I watch the video I felt very sweet communication from the Holy Ghost that what I was being taught in the video was true. I had a sweet feeling of excitement and anticipation to learn more and live my life by what I was being taught. I had the sweetest most peaceful and serene feeling in my heart and mind that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was indeed the actual church of Jesus Christ on the earth. After this experience and a careful study of the Book of Mormon I decided that I would base my life on this sweet and happy faith that my parents had selected so many years earlier. This choice has made all the difference in my life. I can link every happy moment since back to that choice.

How I live my faith

The most important way I live what I believe is how I live in my home and in the silent confines of my heart and mind. Home is where you cannot hide from who you really are. For me home is where I get to influence those who are most important in my life, my wife and 6 children. The restored gospel of Christ helps me day in and day out to be a better person in my home and thus in the life of those 7 people who matter most. I want to be the best husband and father that I can possibly be. The church helps me do just that. As I study the words of the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the words of the living prophets I am continually tutored by the Lord regarding what I need to do differently and how I need to improve to bring my life more in alignment with the Master's life. I also strive to fully live the gospel in my heart. I want my behavior and thoughts to be in keeping with what Christ taught. I am not interested in being a hypocrite and thus I want to live the commandments so that my heart is pure and I can live without shame, guilt or regret. Jesus is my ultimate hero and inspiration. I love Him. Because of my love for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I have a responsibility to reach out and help or bless my brothers and sisters in this life through love, friendship and service. My life has consistently been blessed and enriched through my personal ministry to God's children. I have felt great happiness and joy because in serving others I have grown closer to my Redeemer.