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Hi I'm Pat

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an empty-nester and I deal with chronic pain. It limits my mobility but it doesn't keep me from blogging, reading, cake decorating and staying in contact with people I care about. I've sent two sons off to war. One to Iraq and another to Afghanistan. That was a difficult to do, especially since the youngest one went and made me an empty-nester at the same time.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because I love my Savior. I grew up with exposure many different faiths and many conflicting doctrines. Through the Bible & The Book of Mormon, & by studying both it was confirmed to me that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I have read it over & over again, and I've PRAYED about it & received an assurance from the Holy Spirit that it's true. The gospel just makes sense. It is simple. Man has confused it. The Lord loves all of us & wants us all to be with him again. He wouldn't make it confusing & conflicting if He only wanted some of us to make it. Life gets hard for everyone, but living the gospel strengthens me. He gives me the help I need when I don't know how I will meet the challenges I face. Somehow He always makes a way. When my brother was killed in an accident, I grieved, but also had peace knowing I'd be with him again, & we'd be a family forever because of the blessings of the gospel. Seeing & feeling this peace within our family is such a contrast to what other families without the gospel go through. Witnessing this firsthand caused my husband who I was dating at the time such curiosity & hope that he became interested in the gospel. I believe the doctrine of eternal families had a great bearing on his conversion. Heavenly Father loves all of us and wants us to be happy. I've learned (the hard way) that without Him I'm not happy. Living the gospel brings me both peace and joy, even when life is hard.

How I live my faith

I like to visit with other members of my church, especially my sisters. We develop some deep friendships and can learn and teach each other a lot. My husband loves to sing and he participates in our church choir. I love to listen to him practice all week long and church music is often heard in our home. We do our very best to keep the Sabbath Day holy. We don't do any business on that day. It belongs to the Lord. We have 6 other days to do our business, iron shirts and gas up the car. We often visit friends, family and neighbors who are unable to come to church due to illness or age or other reasons. I've been known to make a meal or a batch of goodies to deliver to a friend or neighbor, teach someone how to balance a checkbook or a variety of other ways to serve my brothers and sisters. I have also served in our church library helping class teachers with supplies, visual aids and other items they need to prepare and teach their classes with. I do a little genealogy and recently have been 'indexing' and arbitrating records of the 1940 Census, ships manifests and other records so they can be made available to the public.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

The Church opposes abortion except in the rare cases of rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother and also in cases when qualified medical opinion that the mother's health is in serious danger. Even then counseling with a local presiding priesthood authority & after receiving divine confirmation through prayer. I personally believe this. I have had the experience of an unplanned pregnancy myself. I've always been taught to take responsibility for my actions weather it's convenient or not. It is wrong to deprive a child of a chance at life, even if I couldn't provide an environment in the best interest of a child. Every child deserves a loving home with a father and a mother who want them. I see so many people who want children & are unable to have them but desperately want them & that could provide such a home for a child. When faced with the difficulty of this unplanned pregnancy I knew in my heart that this child deserved a chance at life. I chose to go through the pregnancy & gave the child up for adoption to a loving couple unable to have a child of their own. It wasn't an easy thing to do but it was the right thing to do. I know this child went to a family that loves them, cares for them and wants them and could provide both a mother and a father to raise them. I know I did the right thing and that there were great blessings that came from a difficult situation. A family was blessed, a child was blessed, and I was blessed too. Show more Show less