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Hi I'm Patti

I love learning, traveling, and playing the piano. I am living my greatest dream: being a full-time wife and mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a big believer in dreams. One of my earliest childhood dreams was to one day attend BYU, and I worked hard in my youth to achieve that goal. I got my degree in Spanish Teaching, with a minor in German Teaching. I love languages and cultures and learning about people and places all over the world. I also love traveling and VISITING people and places all over the world! I currently live in Colorado, another childhood dream. I grew up in Texas, and we would often travel through CO on our way to visit my grandparents in Idaho. This was such a beautiful state that I vowed I would live here one day. We LOVE Colorado with all of its wonder and majesty. We really enjoy hiking, camping, and playing in the snow! Another lifelong dream was learning to play the piano, which I put on the back burner while raising my children. I'm now finally realizing that dream, and it brings me so much joy. I have always loved music (I also play the flute), and I could listen to or play music for hours a day. My GREATEST dream in life was and is being a full-time wife and mother, and I couldn't be happier fulfilling that role. My family is my life. I am married to my best friend in the world, and we have six beautiful children. My happiest times are when we are all together, talking, singing, playing, laughing, and enjoying each other. When the kids are all grown, my husband and I dream of serving missions for the Church and bringing the blessings of the Gospel to the people of the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a Mormon by birth, but I AM a Mormon by choice. I had to find out for myself if the things I had been taught growing up were true, or if they were just traditions passed on from generation to generation. To gain my own testimony, I went through the same process as do converts to the LDS Church. I studied the formation of Christianity and how the Bible and many of the world's religions came to be. I understood more fully why there was a need for the restoration of Christ's church on the earth. I knew that to act in God's name, one would have to have authority from Him. I learned more about that authority, why it was and is so essential to His church, and how it is administered today. I read the Book of Mormon and felt the POWER that comes from reading it. I prayed and asked my Father in Heaven if it was true, and I received an answer that it is!! I knew that the Book of Mormon was never intended to replace the Bible, but it is another witness of the truths that are contained in the Bible. It testifies of Jesus Christ and of His divinity and that the only way back to our Father in Heaven is through His Son. I had to learn these things for myself, and I'm grateful that my Heavenly Father helped me understand and TRULY come to know these marvelous truths. His Church has been restored on the earth, and our Savior Jesus Christ leads it today! What a marvelous concept!

How I live my faith

I think some people mistakenly believe being a Mormon is hard. I love being a Mormon because it is easy! The standards and principles we choose to live by, and the values we espouse, all work together to make life more rewarding, more fulfilling, and in short, just plain easier! While some people feel that our standards are restrictive, I believe they allow us to live lives that are more LIBERATING. We are not bound down to the heartache and sorrow that so often come from living a life in the world. That's not to say we don't have trials and hardships, because everyone does. But as we strive to live according to the commandments and values we know to be true, we avoid much of the pain that sin, guilt, and sorrow bring into our lives. We find peace and joy in accepting the Savior's Atonement and trying to be like Him. I live my faith by striving to be true to the commandments, values, and principles that are part of the Savior's great plan of happiness.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

One of the great regrets of my youth is that I had a friend who thought you could be a Mormon only if you were born a Mormon. He told me recently that he loved the family values that are a great part of our faith, and he wished he could have been a member of the LDS Church, but he didn't think he could. If I had known and told him otherwise, it could have changed his life! I want him and everyone to know that you CAN be a member of the LDS Church, and it is never too late. Jesus Christ invites ALL to come unto Him ... to embrace His gospel and be baptized and return to Him. If you are even remotely interested in learning more about the the LDS faith, please click the "Visit Us" tab at the top of this page. We would love to have you come visit one of our congregations and see for yourself what our church is about. (There are so many misconceptions and falsehoods about our beliefs that the only way to really find out is to see for yourself!) Or click the "Meet with Missionaries" tab and learn about the the church in your own home. You will likely meet two of the nicest young men or women you will ever know, and they will be more than happy to answer your questions in a loving, non-threatening way that you can understand. You will LOVE your meetings with them and will probably feel a sense of peace and joy, or a feeling that you are "home." If you so desire, they will tell you how to become a member of the LDS Church. You have nothing to lose...and everything to gain! Show more Show less