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Hi I'm Patty

I'm a traveling financial aid officer, a wife of 36 years, a mother of 6 and grandmother of 12 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a degree in Child Development, which I earned while raising my 6 children. I learned to process financial aid while working as an administrator at a small private school, and have built a business doing financial aid work at a collection of small private schools. I enjoy creating beautiful things from fabric and yarn. I won a ribbon at the State Fair for an afghan I crocheted. I crochet a new blanket for each new grandchild, and try to make one for anyone in our congregation who is having (or adopting) thier first baby. I also enjoy quilting, and embroidry, and I'm working on a "crazy quilt" project that combines both! My favorite day of the week is Friday, because every Friday I do "grandma daycare" and take care of four year olds Clara and Gabe, three year old Ben and one year old Lance. Sometimes I get a few other grandkids to come over, too! I am blessed to have 8 of my 12 grandkids living near by. I love spending time with them.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the church when I was very small, and her faith was a wonderful example to me in my growing up years. My father has never been a member of any church, and he opposed my desire to be baptized when I was 8 years old. He felt that an 8 year old could not possibly understand religion well enough to make a committment to any faith. He wanted me to wait until I was old enough to make an informed choice about religion. When I was fourteen I spent time studying the Catholic, Methodist and Baptist faiths, meeting with thier ministers and priests until they felt that I had learned enough to decide. I am greatful for that experiance - it opened my mind to other ideas, and helped me to appreciate that good people of many denominations are equally devoted to serving those around them and to living the teachings of Jesus Christ. I choose this faith because I truly believe that God still speaks to man - I believe that we have a living prophet on the earth today. The guidance that comes to us from our prophet and the apostles who serve with him is given specifically for our time and the special trials that we face now. I love to read the Bible - it is always relavant, and is a continuing source of inspiration and uplift to me. I love to read the Book of Mormon, especially the parts that tell about Christ's visit to the Americas. These scriptures are precious to me. But I am so grateful that we have more than voices from the past to show us how to live! I choose this faith because I have learned the value of personal service, and our lay ministry gives every member the opportunity to serve. We all have responsibilities within the congregation, our callings from our Heavenly Father. I have learned though my service in these callings that our Heavenly Father cares about each of us, and will help us to help others. I have learned that if I am willing to try my best, Heavenly Father will make up for my shortcomings and help me to accomplish his work.

How I live my faith

My current calling is to help to supervise the children's programs in several congregations. I serve with two other sisters in this role, and we visit the various congregations to provide training and support to the brothers and sisters who work directly with the children. I am a visiting teacher - my assigned companion and I have three sisters we visit or contact every month, providing them with a gosple message and getting to know them. We check on them and try to provide support for them when needed, such as bringing in meals when someone is sick. There are other sisters assigned to visit me each month, and to be my first contact in time of need. Most members of the congregation have this type of assignment - it builds bonds of service and love between us. It's a good system. I also serve twice a month in the St Paul MN Temple. In the Temple we make sacred covenants, and have the chance to be sealed as families for eternity. It is a very sacred place, a place where the Spirit of the Lord is very strong, and I love spending time there. I have two other callings, though they did not come to me though the church. I am a wife, and I am a mother. These responsibilites are the most sacred ones the Heavenly Father has given me. I am grateful for a wonderful husband and loving children and grandchildren. For 35 years my husband has been my partner in leading our family. We have worked together to create a loving home, and tried to make it a place where all can feel the Spirit of God. All six of our children are married now, and all are strong in the faith and actively serving others in thier own congregations. Most importantly, to me, they are all friends - they love each other, and love to spend time together.