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Hi I'm Patti

I live in Ohio, i love to camp, and i love to learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a youth standing on the line between being a teenager and being an adult--with lots of bright ideas and just as many fears...but I know that the Lord cares, and will help me. I come from a family of 8 children, and i have a sister with Down syndrome. I like making things, and I'm really interested in learning more about peace and empowerment.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ have been taught and practiced--but my testimony is my own, and it is my most precious possession. I wanted to believe. The Gospel is so beautiful, and just makes so much sense...but i knew that just making sense wasn't enough. So I prayed, and read my scriptures--especially the Book of Mormon. I studied the words of Christ, and of His prophets, of ancient times and modern. Have you ever felt your heart sing--felt it expanding in your rib cage, making you feel like you needed to laugh with happiness, and that your laughter would somehow turn into sunshine before your eyes? That is what the Holy Ghost feels like to me, and I have felt it. It is real, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly His church restored on the earth today. It is a continuing process, strengthening a testimony, but the journey is so full of light and hope. The Spirit lifts you beyond your own ability. It changes you. It softens your heart, expands it, filling it with peace and love. I have felt that. I still have a long way to go, but the Lord has provided a way for me to learn, for which i am so thankful. He extends that opportunity to us all. You don't have to simply take my word for it--try it for yourself. Plant a seed of faith, and care for it with watchfulness. Read the Book of Mormon, and pray to your Father in Heaven. That faith will grow. You will feel it inside, the feeling of being filled with warm, beautiful, and cleansing light. I testify of this, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

We are imperfect--but the Lord knows this, and has lovingly extended means of helping us improve. Here are some of the things I do that help me: I study my scriptures and the words of the prophets. Not just reading them, but pondering them, too. I find that the more I learn and think of Heavenly Father, the more I come to love Him, and the more I love Him, the closer I want to be with Him. And as I work to draw closer to Him, He comes closer to me, too. Service also helps me. I work with little children during Sunday meetings--teaching simple truths. That they are children of God, that He loves them, and that He wants them to be happy. My time with them, and the study that I do to help me have the Spirit when i teach, helps me become more like the Savior by teaching me more about love. Also serving in my own family, especially my sister, who has Down syndrome. She is such a blessing in my life, and is a big piece of who I am. I find that the more time I spend caring for her, the happier I become. Music is also another gift that i am thankful for. Sometimes, it feels like hard times and challenges can make it hard to feel things as they really are, and I find singing hymns to be a great softener. I feel a little like singing is more from the heart than the lungs, and I have a pretty hard time singing with my heart in the wrong place. It doesn't have to be loud--in fact, most of the time no one else is in hearing range of my singing but the Lord. Prayer The Lord wants us to pray always, and as we keep our hearts turned to Him, He will help strengthen us. He truly loves us. One of my favorite hymns is "Prayer is the Soul's Sincere Desire". The faith required to pray earnestly sometimes takes work, but I am learning that it is well worth it.