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Hi I'm Pat

I live in Virginia. I was a stay-at-home mom for 20 years then I went to college to become a hospice nurse.

About Me

I was born and raised in New Jersey. After I remarried I moved to Virginia. I miss my relatives back home but I love it here. I was a stay-at-home mom for over 20 years. I have 5 children of my own and 2 step-children and one that my husband and I "adopted." For the longest time if anyone asked me what my hobby was I would tell them washing clothes. I loved being home with my children and wouldn't trade anything for my time with them. They are all grown now and on their own. Time flies. I decided to go to school to become a hospice nurse after taking care of my dad during his last two months of his life. I accomplished that goal which goes to prove you're never too old to go to school and learn a new career. I really enjoy my work but my heart is still at home. My in-laws live with us. My mother-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinsons a few years ago and so they are here in anticipation of her future needs. We all work together to make our home fun and functional. Dad is kept busy by tending to the lawn and other home needs. I do the cooking and Mom washes dishes and keeps the house looking tidy. My husband works and joins us in keeping our home maintained. We and our home are a work in progress.

Why I am a Mormon

My family attended the Catholic church regularly and I went to church even as a teenager. I was married in the Catholic and continued to attend until my first child was born. It became difficult to go to mass because if he cried the people would glare at me. I finally stopped going because I felt I wasn't able to pay attention since I was so focused on keeping him quiet. After I had my third child I felt that the children needed to be taught about God so I started taking them to the Methodist church that my mother-in-law attended. They seemed to enjoy the classes that were held and I felt good about them going although I never really felt that I belonged there. One day there was a knock on the door. It was sister missionaries. We were on our way out so we scheduled an appointment for them to come back. That was in October. I remember thinking that what the missionaries said was interesting but I was not about to change religions. We didn't make a return appointment. I'm so grateful that those sister missionaries didn't give up on us. They came back to our home unannounced and we let them in to teach us again and again and again. Every visit we would have a list of questions for them to answer. The missionaries would visit twice a week and we got to know all 14 missionaries serving in our ward. One day I was thinking about the sealing of families for all eternity and the thought of my deceased grandmother came to my mind and I had a peaceful feeling come over me. It was at that very moment that I knew the Church was true. I didn't understand everything and I still had questions. I hadn't even read The Book of Mormon but I knew I needed to be baptized. I knew that those things that I had been taught were from God and that I couldn't deny the feelings of peace and excitement that I felt. I was baptized on Dec 20th. My membership in the Church has been a blessing to me and my family and has changed my life for the better.

How I live my faith

I have had lots of assignments and experiences in the Church. There are too many to name but I will talk about a few of them. Most of my years I have been with the teenagers. I've been the adult leader for the teenage girls from 12-18 years old. As their leader I've had the opportunity to teach gospel lessons and plan activities and go on conferences with them. I have also taught a daily religion class for teenagers in grades 9-12. In the locations where I have lived the class has been offered in the morning before high school starts. What a great blessing that was. I was able to start my day teaching about our Savior from the scriptures. This class is not something mandatory that the youth are forced to attend so it's pretty neat that these kids were willing to give up some sleep to come. Besides working with teenagers I have been the president of the women's organization where I was able to lead and teach the women. I helped with welfare issues and assisted with providing help when needed. I've been a Sunday school teacher also. I can't express how much I love to teach the scriptures. It truly brings me the greatest joy to serve as a teacher. Right now, I am working with the children. It has taken me a little time to get used to it but I love it. The children are taught about the Savior, learn stories from the scriptures, and are taught fun, uplifting songs. They keep me on my toes, that's for sure. Because of the many things I have been able to do in the Church, I can honestly say that my talents and confidence have grown since becoming a member. For example, I never liked speaking in front of a class when I was in school but now I love it. I love to teach and I feel like I have a lot to offer in serving God. There is so much that the Church offers to help us to learn and grow. Another neat thing about the talents I developed is that I was able to get employment because of my church experiences. I think that is an amazing blessing.