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Hi I'm Pat

I grew up in the Western US. I am a grandmother of an active family who loves to have fun together. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to be outdoors! I enjoy the sunshine, camping, picnicing, or just walking. I even enjoy working in my yard, producing flowers and vegetables and making it look nice. It is fun for me to play with grandchildren, although none live too close to us to see very often. I married soon after I graduated from high school in southern California. My husband and I were blessed with six wonderful children. One son died in a vehicle accident when he was 18 years old. Only because of my faith in Jesus Christ, and through the power of His atonement, was I able to endure that tragedy. Because of what I experienced during that time, I was also able to help others who had tragedies occur in their lives. I was truly blessed to have the gospel in my life and to know that God lives and he knows and loves each of us individually. After forty-three years of marriage, my dear companion passed away. All my children by that time had left home, so I was left to live alone. The Savior brought peace into my heart and into my life, so I knew that I was not really alone, and I again was able to comfort other women when their spouse also passed on. My husband and I had married in the holy temple, and we had been sealed together as a family by the priesthood power of God; because of that, I know I have the opportunity to be with my dear son and my wonderful husband, and all the rest of my family for all eternity. What a fabulous blessing this is for me, and for all of our family members.

Why I am a Mormon

I originally became a Mormon because my mother was a member and raised all of us 7 children in the church with the approval of my father, who was not a member. I chose to be baptized because I learned that that is the first of what Jesus said we needed to do to qualify to live with him again. But that was only the beginning. I love reading the scriptures; I have read the Bible, and I have read the Book of Mormon many times, and through that reading I have learned that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the same organization as the church that Christ organized. I have learned about the old-time prophets in the scriptures, and realize that people always need prophets. We are blessed to have a prophet that leads and guides the people today. As I have learned about the gospel through the many years since I was first baptized, my testimony of the truthfulness of it has been enriched immensely. This has happened "line upon line, precept upon precept" until I have come to a full knowledge of its truthfulness. I know the Book of Mormon contains true doctrine and is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. I know the prophet leads and guides us in modern times and that he is a spokesman for God on this earth. I know that the priesthood power--the authority to act in God's name--was restored to the earth at the time that the gospel was restored. I know that Joseph Smith prayed to God and received a direct answer when God the Father, and His son, Jesus Christ appeared to him in vision. I know these things to be true through the power of the Holy Ghost, who is the third member of the Godhead. I am a Mormon not only because of the truthfulness of the doctrine; I am a Mormon because that way of life is so clean and good; it helps me to live a full, enriched life. I know that through the Atonement of Jesus, I can be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. I am truly blessed beyond measure. I love being a Mormon! Come join me!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church every week and participating in the services as much as possible. In our church we have a variety of meetings; in some we listen to talks given by members of the church; in others we present lessons or listen to those given by others; therefore there is plenty of opportunity to learn about and to share the gospel with each other. I have served in varying capacities in the church; administrative postions, teaching young children, teenagers, and adults, serving on committees for organizing varous functions, and in playing the music for the singing, or in directing it. I love to serve in the church; it gives me an opportunity for more studying and learning, and I know how I serve helps other people, which is very rewarding for them and for me. Reading and studying the scriptures on a regular basis is another way I live my faith. I have had many problems resolved in my life because of the knowledge and testimony I have gained from the scriptures; they are invaluable to me. I also live my faith by serving others in the community by visiting the sick or helpless, organizing and supporting various community functions, and supporting the government by always placing my vote. This is not always an easy thing to do, but it is a function of my faith to support the land in which I live. Another function of my faith is by trying to be obedient to the commandments of God by loving Him with all my heart, might, mind, and strength, and by loving others by being kind, caring and considerate of them. I strive to abide by the counsel given by the prophets throughout the ages, including our modern prophet today. I am a virtuous and honest person that is trying to be an "example of the believer". I feel it is important that I seek after anything that is honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, or of good report or praiseworthy, and in doing good to all men--at all times, everyday, and in every way. I am happy with my chosen way of life.