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Hi I'm Patti

I've had lots of careers in my life mother, artist, painter, photgrapher, speech pathologist and now a grandma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married mother of 4 adult children and also a grandma. I also love helping people communicate and relate to others. I have always searched for ways to be creative and capture memories either by playing the piano, sewing clothing or quilts, taking photographs at weddings, family portraits or new babies and painting in either pastels, oils or watercolor. My children are also creative, they were always welcome to come into my studio and use any of my materials. After my children were older; in my 40's I decided to get a degree in communicative disorders or Speech Pathology. The same year my oldest graduated from college I received my Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology. I then went on to get a Master's Degree so that I could work in the public schools as a speech pathologist. I currently work with the severely disabled and other teens with autism and young adults who have communication difficulties. I am able to help them learn to express themselves with either sign language or words; I learn more from them in regards to unconditional love and patience. I love my students and the teachers that I work with. I still find time to be creative and recently made 7 poodle skirts for a Special Education 50s themed prom at our high school. It was so rewarding to see the smiles on the girls faces in their new skirts as they twirled on the dance floor. I also mentor speech interns from colleges in the area, it is a way of paying it forward in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager my familiy life was very dysfunctional; my father had a drinking problem and there was a lot of turmoil on a day to day basis with my parents. The one thing that kept me going was my faith in Jesus Christ and knowing that he loved me. The one bright spot I had every week was getting a ride to church weekly with a family down the street. At church was where I learned that people were happy, they were busy doing good things. The members at the Mormon Church actually took the time to teach me how to pray, treated me with kindness and honestly cared about me! I wanted to get baptized but I kept putting it off until my teenage years because I didn't know if my parents would let me. Finally, one of my friends started going to church with me and started taking the missionary lessons and we both got baptized along with my younger brothers the same evening. That was such a special night for me and my little brothers, happiness and feeling the spirit was so strong. The happiness was shortlived because as I got older the tension at home got worse from my father's out of control drinking. I ended up being a parent to my father picking him up at bars late at night because he was too drunk to drive home. The principal at my high school, was also a Mormon and a Stake President (church leader for our geographical area) knew how difficult my family life was. Even for as busy as he was he went out of his way to help me at the crossroads; He understood when I got calls at school to pick up my dad from work because he had the DT's. This wonderful church leader made sure that I had applied for scholarships for college and other opportunities. Because of this wonderful man and other Mormon's who taught me what a real family is supposed to be like I made the decision to live as a Mormon. Now I share the gospel as I serve and love people where I work and in the community. I am known to be there for my students to help them make better choices in their life

How I live my faith

I look for ways to help others every day in my life and working at a high school with the severely disabled, in so many ways it makes it easy for me to live my faith as I serve the least of these. I have found that people won't remember what I tell them or perhaps what I did with them; however, they will always remember how I made them feel. Many times I do things anonymously because I want the person who received the act of service, kindness or money to think that anyone could have done it and so their outlook towards life and people changes for the better. Years ago I got a few friends who were Catholics involved in one of my "anonymous" acts of kindness campaigns. A dear friend was in school, her husband had lost his job and it was Christmastime and they had two young kids and no money. Everything went off without a hitch, my friends and I were so excited to see the happy children and how things turned out...it was so fun!!! However, the Mom...wouldn't let sleeping dogs alone and had to keep asking around to figure out who masterminded their memorable Christmas. She finally came to me and said..."I know you had something to do with this." I shared "Why couldn't you let it be? It was something that was done out of love for your family. If anything the next time you see someone else having a rough time...do something for them anonymously it is a great feeling!" She found ways after our talk to share her talents and serve and we remain friends to this day...she is a Catholic and I am a Mormon. Sometimes people ask me..."How do you find the time to do all the things you do?" The answer is simple..."It makes me happy to serve Heavenly Father's Children and make a difference in their life." I am happy that I can help people feel the Spirit and find ways to love unconditionally and have forgiving hearts in their life.