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Hi I'm Patricia Potts

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah. I'm a wife, mother, writer and speaker. I've suffered from depression and bipolar illness.

About Me

I am 55 years old and proud of it. Gotta love that Senior discount! I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 35 years. We have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. I am an author, speaker and guitar teacher. Some of the biggest challenges we have faced have involved my bipolar illness, an illness called Conversion Reaction, issues surrounding the adoption of our son, our daughter’s substance abuse, and my brain tumor surgery. Through all of this and more we have been sustained by the love of my Savior, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and the faith and support I have found in the gospel. I have also found wisdom through experiences with the Church's 12 step program.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ has been a solid anchor in my family for many generations. My great-great grandparents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and came from England and Sweden to be in America to practice their new religion. My husband's mother and father were converts as well.   Now that we have a family of our own, my husband and I continue to be active in our church because we both have testimonies of its truthfulness. We are also thankful for the ways it enriches our lives not only in providing service opportunities but also in providing a deeper understanding of true principles and in the values it instills in our children. The teachings of Prophets relating to The Plan of Salvation has helped us face deaths, health challenges, and so much more.

How I live my faith

To me the word "faith" is opposite of the word "fear." When I am fearful about my health, my bi-polar illness, my work etc., I find faith through talking with my Father in Heaven as I walk, drive or kneel. I find faith in talking to my husband or calling my friends or family. I find faith when I call my visiting teacher or listening to an inspirational song. I find faith as I lead the singing for the children's choir at church. I find great faith when I attend the church's 12-step recovery support groups http//providentliving.org/content/list/0,11664,4177-1,00.html. I love the bible scripture 2 Timothy 1:7 "God hath not given me a spirit of fear but a power of love and of peace and of a sound mind." The gospel of Jesus Christ helps decrease my fear and increase my faith. 

Who was Joseph Smith?

Patricia Potts
 Joseph Smith was a prophet. Since I grew up in the church, I took for granted that Joseph Smith was a prophet. It wasn't until I was in my early 40's that I knew for myself. Our family of seven went on vacation to the Eastern United States. We scheduled one day to visit the sacred grove where Joseph saw the Father and Jesus Christ. We each separated to different parts of the grove so we could pray and seek inspiration. I found a small opening between the trees and knelt to pray and ask my Heavenly Father for a witness of Joseph's mission. I waited for some kind of sign or confirmation but nothing came. The only thing that accompanied me were swarms of mosquitos and gnats. Finally I gave up and with a heavy heart started back to the car. The walk along the cement slabs was deserted and nearly the length of a football field with a dip in the middle. As I started down the hill, words came forcefully and clearly to my mind. They were "It is true. It is all true." Light burst into my heavy heart as I received a witness that Joseph truly was a prophet of God and that he saw the Father and Jesus Christ. Of this I testify. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Patricia Potts
We lost my sister-in-law last year after a long illness. We love her dearly and miss her intensely but we believe she is learning, progressing, and serving in the next life. We definitely believe we will see her again when our turn on earth is finished. This knowledge gives us hope. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Patricia Potts
I was blessed to be able to stay home during our children’s growing-up years. Although I ran a few small businesses, my husband has worked and sustained us through all these years. As a young mother, I did most of the homemaking and errands. In addition to finishing his schooling and being the bread-winner, my husband helped the kids with their homework. He has also been very supportive in my interests such as writing and speaking. We will soon reach retirement and look forward to serving a mission. In our family and marriage, we strive to work as a team in reaching our goal to live eternally with our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less