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Hi I'm Patrina

I'm a Mormon. I live in Texas &play cello. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ! I also love going to symphony concerts & stargazing.

About Me

I love music. I have been playing cello since I was ten years old. I earned a B.A. in English. Later this year I will finish my Master of Library Science degree and look forward to becoming an awesome teen/youth librarian!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is found only in this Church. When I am doing what is right and helping to brighten other peoples' day, I feel better and am happy :) My mother is a wonderful example to me of living the gospel, and was converted to the Church at a young age.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to help others everyday, as much as I can. I work at a school with wonderful students. They brighten up my day! I also enjoy planning music for my ward's (congregation) Sunday worship services. I get to work with some wonderfully talented music people in my ward and together we help bring the Spirit to our sacrament meeting through beautiful music.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Patrina
That is a great question! :) For Church services held on Sundays (what we usually refer to as "the Sabbath day") we dress in modest, clean, and neat clothing. Though it varies in countries across the world, typically in the United States where I live, men and boys wear pant suits or nice dress pants and collared shirts, while women and girls can wear skirts and nice blouses or dresses. We celebrate many holidays, including birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving (in the US), Independence day, etc. I think what sets us apart is that for Christmas and Easter instead of focusing too much on gifts or candy, we believe the focus should be on Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Patrina
I love the Church's official answer to this question. One of my favorite quotes is by one of the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Dallin H. Oaks. He says: "The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith means trust--trust in God's will, trust in His way of doing things, and trust in His timetable." (BYU Devotional, "Timing" given 01/29/2002). I love the relationship between faith and trust here. I know that they're connected, that you can not have one without the other. I love the power that comes through acting on my faith in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. I know that faith in them moves me to action everyday and I know that they (Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ) accept my willingness to try, which also includes my sometimes failed attempts at doing everything 'perfect', everyday of my life. Faith in God moves me to trust in His will, to have confidence that He hears my prayers and knows all things. My faith in God also moves me to act on my belief that He is a real being and does exist, and helps me to better do the things I know He wants me to do because of my love for Him and my Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Patrina
I love this question. I love to describe our church services with adjectives like this: simple. reverent. quiet. worshipful. contemplative. meditative. Atleast for me, that is what most Sunday Sacrament meeting services are like. Our sacrament meeting is our worship service, held on Sundays in North America. As a congregation, together we sing hymns (one of my most favorite things about our services!), individuals offer prayers, we partake of the sacrament, or emblems of the sacrament which are bread and water. The bread and water is passed to the congregation by men who hold the priesthood. Those who wish to partake of the sacrament may do so (it is completely voluntary). In our Sacrament meeting we also usually have two to three assigned speakers who are members of the congregation. Other church service meetings that occur either before or after the sacrament meeting include: Sunday school classes for children ages 12 and up (through 112! :)), nursery for young children, young women meetings for girls ages 12-17 years old, relief society meetings for women ages 18 years old and up, and priesthood meetings for males 12 years and older. I am grateful for the quiet, contemplative time I have each week during our Sacrament meetings. It is a welcome and much need break from the 'hustle and bustle' of everyday life. Show more Show less