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Hi I'm Patty

I have been married 41 years to the same man, I am a mother, grandmother, office manager and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mother died when I was 2 years old and my father left us before that. I was passed around between relatives who all had alcohol and drug problems and various other issues. I did not live with my other brothers and sister until I was 13, even though we attended the same schools. I never felt like anyone in my family cared about me; there was no love, only fighting and dishonesty. Everyone who knows my background asks me how I turned out so well. My answer is always the same. At age 8, I attended the Mormon church for the first time. I saw families who loved each other, fathers who were nice to their children and a congregation that did not smoke or drink alcholic beverages. I felt like I was finally 'home.' I was baptized at age nine. After that I did not need a father, because I felt the love of my Father in Heaven and the direction of the Holy Spirit. There were many times that something awful almost happened to me as a child, but I was protected and always knew that my Father in Heaven was there beside me. The family I was born to did not feel like my family. I felt apart from them. This allowed me to be who I wanted to be. I knew I had a choice and I chose not to fashion my life after my earthly parents, but after my heavenly family. My other brothers and sisters had the opportunity to make the same choice. Most of them did not choose the church after they were baptized. Because of my choice, my life is very blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I know that this is Jesus Christ's restored gospel upon this earth. I am as sure of that as I am that the sun will rise and set daily. I have read and studied the scriptures, prayed about their truths and the spirit testifies the truth unto me. This belief is in every fiber of my being. I know that those who join his church and follow his commandments will not only lead happy lives, but will bless the lives of others.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a good example to my children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends, by loving my husband and keeping our home a place of love and peace. I live my faith by serving others. Currently I am serving a mission with my husband in Durban, South Africa where we are offering getting to know the wonderful people of africa. I live my faith by serving them. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we see miracles daily.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Patty
Families are the center of society. It seems in the world today as we see more and more families break apart, we are also seeing decay in our societies. I believe that if we want our society to succeed, we must keep our families together. It is only in the family that we can provide them the love they need, take care of their physical needs and teach them truth and righteousness. A loving mother and father can be there for their children, no matter what their age. My daughter lived in another state and when she and her husband got the news that they were having twins, she asked mom and dad to come and live there. We both had jobs and were not in a position to retire, but after conversation and prayer, we packed up and moved to where she lived. We have not regretted it for a minute, because we can enjoy our grandchildren more than twice a year visits. They know us and we know them. We can be an influence in their lives for good. Prophet David O McKay said, "No success can compensate for failure in the home. I testify, through personal experience, that this is true. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Patty
Women do not hold the Priesthood, because God had a special purpose for the men in his plan and that plan is the same today as it was in the New Testament where only men held the Priesthood. That does not mean that women are not important. In fact, women were given the most sacred of responsibilities to have children and nurture their physical and spiritual growth while in their care. Women hold powerful positions in our church and I have never heard a woman say that she wish she could have the priesthood. Our church does not have a paid Priest who speaks each Sunday and runs all the affairs of a certain church building. Instead, each member has a part of teaching the Gospel and running the church in their building. None of them are paid for this opportunity to serve and the Bishop and Relief Society President (women's group leader)spend many long hours helping members (including youth) with their problems and needs. A previous prophet, Gordon B Hinkley, said, "The men hold the priesthood, yes. But my wife is my companion. In this church the man neither walks ahead of his wife nor behind his wife, but at her side. They are co-equals in this life in a great enterprise." This is what I believe, how we live and who we are. Show more Show less