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Hi I'm Pat

I'm an artist, a grandmother, a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Forty seven years of being a mother, 23 years of being a grandmother, 13 years of being a temple worker, still leave me feeling that I've a long way to go. One of my children and two of my grandchildren died as infants and we have experienced the challenges of infantile leukemia, deafness, autism and Down's Syndrome in our extended family. I am active as an artist in a variety of media but I try to reflect the values of the Gospel in my creations, whether drawing a pastel of a grandchild or making a stained glass panel of Church history events as they affected my ancestors.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in a family that had a heritage back to the opening scenes of the Church, I chose to follow the Restored Gospel because of early experiences in my own life that witnessed the truth of Christ's love for me and the mission of Joseph Smith Jr. as a prophet and restorer of lost truth. In my 67 years of life I have often leaned upon my testimony for comfort and peace through scenes of death and betrayal.

How I live my faith

I try to reflect the Savior in my actions toward others. I work on quickly forgiving.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Pat
The primary activity of attending 'church' is to partake of the Sacrament of the Last Supper, a continual renewal of covenants made at baptism. In addition, 'church' provides and opportunity to listen to other members of the congregation through their talks over the pulpit and as they share their thoughts during lesson periods in Sunday School and (for me as as woman) Relief Society. Socials, special meetings and gatherings for purposes as varied as providing school packets and baby blankets for those in need through Holiday parties are also part of 'going to church'. The temple provides the setting for other precious ordinances and blessings. Once a person receives his own ordinances he or she can return to the temple to provide access to those same ordinances by proxy to those who are no longer mortal. The temples are places of prayer and teaching and quiet meditation with the joy of weddings and sealing of children to families as a leaven. Show more Show less