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Hi I'm Patty

I'm a salsa dancer, a gardner, a grandmother, and a Mormon

About Me

I'm a mother of 4 grown kids, that I raised as a single mom. I live in the north-east of the United States. My hobbies are gardening,sewing and Salsa Rueda, a very fun social dance. I work as an administrative assistant at a college. I was adopted at birth, but recently met my birth family, which has been a lot of fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the church because it's true, and if there's one lesson my life has reinforced, it's that ignoring reality doesn't get you anywhere. Fortunately, being a member of the church is also a great blessing. I think for me the greatest blessing is the increased understanding of the nature of existence and the purpose of our life.

How I live my faith

I try to become more like Christ what have me be. I try to be kind, and honest and virtuous. Praying, reading the scriptures and going to church help me in this effort.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe God is not a just a general force of nature, or another name for natural law. We believe he has preferences, makes choices, creates plans, and carries them out. God has will. We believe God has a body. Joseph Smith discovered this when both God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him in the Sacred Grove. But really, when you think about it, it's to be expected. Since Christ frequently declared himself to be the Son of God see John 517-18 in the New Testament, and Christ had a body both when he was on earth, and after he was resurrected see Luke 2439 it only makes sense that Christ's Father would have a body also. We believe God is our father. We believe Christ when he declared in John 2017 that "I ascend unto my Father and your Father and to my God, and to your God." We believe, as Paul taught in Hebrews 129, that God is the Father of our spirit. We believe God loves us. Because he loves us, he tries to teach us the way to be happy, and he created a process for us to grow in abilities and wisdom. We believe God has both the wisdom and power to successfully carry out his plans. He will do what he says he is going to do. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

I can think of 4 reasons why the family is important. First, its a copy of the way heaven is organized. God is our father. We lived with him, as part of his family, before we came to earth. Second, families are important to children. They allow children to live with the 2 people they are most like physically. A marriage at the creation of a new family, is a commitment that increases the chances that this new little unit will be stable and permanent. It is in the give and take of families that children have the best chance of learning to be kind, loving and happy, to be provide for themselves as adults, and to be future spouses and parents. Third, families are important to adults. The process of learning to love and serve each other in the intimacy of the family is the best practice we have in learning to be more like Christ. And as both spouses grow in this ability, they are able to have greater and greater happiness and companionship. Which brings us back, full circle, to the fourth reason. Families are the way heaven is organized. We can maintain our relationships with our parents, our siblings, our spouses, and our children throughout eternity. Our families can be eternal blessings. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon proclaim the reality, divinity and central importance of Christ and the Atonement. The Bible is largely a history of Israelites in the area around Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon is largely a history of Israelites in the Americas. The Old Testament gives information from the time from Adam and Eve to almost 300BC. The New Testament covers from about 1BC to maybe 50 or 60 AD. The Book of Mormon has information from around 600BC to 400AD, with a section at the end from the tower of Babel to roughly 300BC. I think the biggest difference for me is that the Book of Mormon is easier to read, a more frequent source of insight. I think there are 2 reasons for that. Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are compilations of many different texts. But the Book of Mormon went through an editing process where Mormon, an ancient prophet, and his son Moroni, selected and edited the texts into a single story line. I think that editing process helped a lot to concentrate the most valuable sections. Also, the Bible has been translated many times over the years, with some translations better than others, and some of the translations far enough in the past to make the language difficult for us now. The Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith in 1830, recently enough that it's still easy for us to read. Also, since Joseph Smith was also a prophet, and translated it with divine help, the translation is as correct as possible. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

We believe that we are literally the children of our Father in Heaven, and lived with him before we came to earth. We believe that in order to progress, we needed the experience of leaving his presence, of making our own choices and experiencing the effects of those choices. This earthly life is that experience. We believe that this experience would be hard enough that we would all make mistakes. These mistakes would make us unfit to return to our Father. There needed to be a way for us to return to a state of purity. Christ provides that way through the atonement. We believe if we follow Christ's instructions, we can eventually become like Christ, and His, and our, Father. We believe because God loves us, and wants us to return to him, he has given us, and continues to give us, instructions through prophets. We believe that God created an organization to teach these truths, help people live his commandments, and preform his work. This organization existed anciently, during Christ's ministry and in modern times. This organization in our day is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We can know if this is true by praying to God and asking him. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

It was written by many prophets living in the Americas from 600BC to 400AD. It was edited by Mormon, an ancient prophet, and Moroni, his son. It was translated by Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Proxy baptisms are Heavenly Father's solution to the conflict between the need to be baptized in order to obtain eternal life, and the fact that not everyone gets the opportunity to be baptized in this life. We preform baptisms on the behalf of our ancestors, and then our deceased ancestors, in the spirit world, are given the opportunity to choose whether or not they want this baptism to be valid for them. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the power and authority to act in God's name, similar to the way giving someone power of attorney or making them the executor of your will gives them authority to act in your name in caring out your wishes. Priesthood is used for performing ordinances rituals that signify that you are entering a covenant for example baptism or marriage, for giving blessings, and for organizing or leading in the church. Priesthood only has power in blessing others. As Joseph Smith taught in D&C 12141 "No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned" Show more Show less