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Hi I'm Pat Johns

My husband and I live in Wisconsin. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three adult children. I love dogs, working jigsaw puzzles, taking photos of pretty scenery, doing my family history, and traveling. This summer I am going to begin to learn to paint. I took a tap dance class a few years ago but our teacher retired and there wasn't any other dance studio that taught seniors to tap dance. Just recently I found my tap shoes, and the notebook that our teacher had us use to write up the routines that she made up for our classes. They were just tucked away in a closet. I am going to make a portable tap dance floor and try to do some of those old routines and maybe learn some more using DVD's. Hopefully this will help me get back into better physical shape. Getting into better physical shape is one of my goals for the winter.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe from deep within my heart that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and I want to learn all I can about him. I believe that he is coming very soon and I want to be ready to see him. When I was growing up I just couldn't understand how the Godhead could be three in one. It never made any sense to me. As a Mormon I learned that God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate beings. That makes much more sense to me. I also learned that we can become like they are some day, but first we must take the beginning steps of repentance and baptism. I also learned that we can be together as families when we go back to Heavenly Father. That is important to me. I have two older brothers who were born but lived for only 24 hours. I know that they live even now in the spirit world, and that one day I will be with them again. My father is with them now. When I die, I will be with my brothers, my father, and my mother and all of my aunts and uncles and grandparents. That gives me great joy. I can not think of anything greater than knowing that I will be with my family again. I also know that each of us has a purpose in life and I have found mine. I have served a full time mission for the church and have worked in many positions teaching the youth of all ages. My life has been very fulfilling. Before I was a Mormon, I was lost, but now I know why I am here, and where I am going. I have been blessed to know without a doubt that God lives. I don't need to wonder about that anymore. He lives, and Jesus sits on the right hand of the Father, and I love them very much.

How I live my faith

I love to teach the youth of our church about Jesus. I taught the children ages 3 to 12 for about 30 years. Now I am teaching the high school youth daily about Jesus in a one hour class before school. I also try hard to help my neighbors and my friends whenever I can. I take meals to famiies that need them from time to time. My husband and I make sure that the two widows that live on our block have their driveways shoveled in the winter. Since my husband is in scouting I save the lint from my dryer for when they go to the Klondike derby! They use it for starting fires. I'm probably the only woman on the block who saves dryer lint for the scouts! Our scouts also collect pop cans to recycle to raise money for scout camp so we always save our cans for them. Sometimes we have activities at church that require some crafts so my husband usually asks me to make some patterns that he cuts out of wood for the ladies of our church. My friend and I also visit 4 women of our church every month to see how they are doing. We visit about our families, and we see if there is anything that we can do for them, and we take them a spiritual message every month. This helps all of the women in the church learn to be spiritually strong in the gospel. I love all of the activities that I am involved in. It keeps me feeling young!

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Pat Johns
Mormon women are women of great faith in their Heavenly Father and in Jesus Christ. We believe in getting as much education as we can so that we can be capable of doing all that we need in order to provide a good home for our families, but also so that we can be prepared should we find ourselves raising our children alone. Men and women in the Mormon church are equal but they have different roles in life. I am thankful for the role I play in our family as a woman. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Pat Johns
I love the stories in the Bible. It is scripture that has been given to us from God so that we can know how to return to live with him. In the Bible the Lord speaks of other sheep that he had to go visit. I wondered where they were. I found out that some of his sheep had gone in ships to the American continent 600 years before the time of Christ. After Christ was ressurrected he went to visit them. Their stories are told in the Book of Mormon. Mormons love the Bible and The Book of Mormon and regard them both as holy scripture. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Pat Johns
Self reliance is important because the more you know how to do for yourself, the more you can give to your community when a time of crisis may arrive. We had some straight line winds take down hundreds of trees in Eau Claire in July of 1980. It was a week before we had any electricity. My husband and I have worked in the scouting program for years and because of that training we were able to cook and live in the outdoors without too much discomfort. Because of our food storage, we didn't need to rush to the store for water or supplies. We had it all in our home. Show more Show less