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Hi I'm Pat

I grew up in No. Calif. but lived in North Idaho most of my life. I'm a retired school teacher. I've been a Mormon all of my life.

About Me

I am a retired high school theater teacher of 40 years. I loved teaching and helping kids to learn to be self confident and creative. I directed plays and musicals in the local high school and volunteered in the local community theater. I love to travel and have taken students to Europe and New York many times. Now that I am retired my husband and I travel as much as we can. We love nature and historic places. I love to take photographs of all the places I go and have hundreds of pictures of our travels. I enjoy crocheting to keep my hands busy as I travel. One summer we worked at a church recreational camp and I was the cook for the staff. That was a great learning experience for me. I love to stretch myself by doing things that might be out of my comfort zone. My husband and I have just been married five years. My first husband passed away from cancer and so this new love was truly a gift from God. Neither of us were blessed with our own children but I do have a step son from my first marriage. We both have been involved with youth through schools, scouting and church youth and so we feel that we have dozens of "kids." We have just completed an 18 month full time mission for the church in San Diego at the Mormon Battalion Historic Site and loved it. Serving others and giving back for the blessings we have is an essential part of our lives. We currently are serving as Employment Missionaries for the LDS Employment Services in Spokane, WA. We are also Bear Cub Scout leaders.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon by birth and by ancestry. My grand parents and great grandparents immigrated from Europe because of their faith in joining the Mormon church. But that is not why I am a Mormon. I am a faithful member of the LDS church because I believe in it's teachings and precepts through study and prayer. There was a time in my life when I questioned if I was a Mormon because of my family or because I knew it was right for me. After much soul searching, fasting, study and prayer, I came to know that I what I had was priceless beyond gold. My conversion is on going I guess you would say. The more I read, study and pray the more I learn and the more I am assured that this is the true and full gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that God loves me and that I am His child. I feel His guidance daily in even the small things of life. When I look at others who do not have the assurance I have I am saddened because life is so wonderful when we have knowledge of His complete plan. I have chosen to be a Mormon because I know it is the only way I can live my life and be truly happy. This knowledge has guided me as a teacher and helped me to be a positive influence for my students and associates. It has helped me through times of sorrow and loss and and bouyed me up through discouragements. Through the gospel of Jesus Christ I have had great joy in life. God lives and He loves everyone of His childen, this I know because I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by example. As a teacher I could not openly solicit my beliefs, and yet my students always knew my stand on moral values. One of the things I always made sure of when selecting the plays I would do for my theater department was to make sure they were of a high moral caliber. I live my faith by being involved in positive causes in our community. I started an orgainzation for youth called Idaho Drug Free Youth. It rewards and encourages youth to remain drug free. I teach after school theater classes with a nondemominational chriatian youth theater group that encourages good and positive theater. I have been a youth camp leader as well as worked with the young children's groups. Every year my husband and I play secret Santa to several underprivledged families. He dresses as Santa and I do the shopping and we show up on their doorstep with a bag of food and presents. That is one on my greatest joys to see the faces of those deserving folks. We were involved in a community service project to repair the mobile homes for folks who are nearly homeless. For 2 years we had young missionaries from our church living with us and we provided a home and food for them while they served their missions. I look for opportnities to serve others like teaching my 80 year old neighbor how to start her car and how to do email. There is a scritpture that says "When you are in the service of your fellowman,you are in the service of God." I have tried to make that my motto.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Pat
People are searching for stability and for truth. Many are not sure of the most common questions of life and what is beyond. I think they see in the Mormon church answers that ring true to what they have been seaching for. I think the growth in the computer age has allowed more people to be exposed to the teachings of the church and sites such as Mormon.org are helping to answers people's questions. My husband and I are currently full time missionaries in San Diego and everyday we meet people who are searching for something more to life. When they hear the message of the restored gospel it rings true to their ears and they take delight in gaining this knowledge for themselves. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Pat
Yes I do beleive there is a prophet on the earth today just as in the Biblical times. Why would God send prophets to His people in former times and just leave us on our own now when more than ever we need His guidance. Show more Show less

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

Pat
After we die our body becomes separted from our spirit. Our body returns to the earth, until it is one day resurrected. Our spirit goes into the spirit world where we will be reunited with loved ones and where we will continue to learn and progress. Eventually our body and our spirit will be reunited in what is called resurrection. At this time our body will be perfected and all those ailments or imperfections will be made whole. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Pat
That is one of the most beautiful precepts of the Mormon belief. Husbands and Wives are sealed together for eternity in the LDS Temple by those who have the authority to seal on earth. We will be with our families and loved ones through these sealing powers in the next life. This is a concept that helps me realize how important it is for me to have a happy marriage and to strive to make it the best I can. Show more Show less