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Hi I'm Pat Brockett

I wrote a term paper in high school about the church. Later after I was married I joined the Church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a grandmother and have three children and 12 grandchildren. Most of the time when our children were growing up I stayed home, but was actively involved in their schools. This was something that my husband and I agreed we felt important. When the children began going to college, we found it necessary to have a little more income so I worked outside the home to help out. I'm now retired, but keep busy with church activities and helping my elderly mother.

Why I am a Mormon

A close friend joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when we were in high school. That was what prompted me to write my term paper about the Church. In the process of writing the paper I learned about the Prophet Joseph Smith and the way in which his humble prayer was answered. I learned about the Book of Mormon and about the 13 Articles of Faith. The things I read I believed, but it wasn't until ten years later that I had a chance to be taught by the missionaries and actually joined the Church. An LDS family moved in next door to us, and when I learned they were Mormon, I told them about my background and began asking many questions about the Church. We became very good friends and after a period of time they asked me if I would like to have the missionaries come to teach me more. Six weeks later I was baptized. Two months after I was baptized, our second child was born.

How I live my faith

Because we are a lay church, the members are given opportunities to lead, to teach, to follow, and to serve. This has been such a blessing in my life, because I have learned so much from these experiences. I have worked with all ages, all the way from very young children to those who are in the later years of their lives. I have learned more about the Savior through these experiences.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Pat Brockett
The blessings that come from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures are when the Spirit impresses upon the mind that what you are reading is true, or when the Spirit helps you see how a particular scripture has application in your own life. Earthly life is often difficult. As I read the scriptures I feel hope, and I have a desire to keep striving to be good and to do good. I have a greater understanding of what this life is all about and the role of the Savior in our lives. Show more Show less

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

Pat Brockett
Before I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I had the idea that only members could attend Mormon Church services. I'm not sure why I thought that, but perhaps there are others who think that way too. Perhaps there is confusion between Church service attendance and temple attendance. To attend a dedicated temple, one needs to be a member who has received a temple recommend. The temple is not open on Sunday, because this is the Sabbath Day when we attend Church in our meetinghouses. It is in our meetinghouses on Sunday where we renew our baptismal covenants and partake of the sacrament (the bread and water), where we receive gospel instruction, where we sing and where we pray. Visitors are welcome to attend our Sunday Church services as well any weekday activities. Since we are a lay Church, all members have opportunities to participate in many ways. Show more Show less