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Hi I'm Patricia Engelbrecht

I'm a Mormon. Composer, Gardener, Science Buff, Genealogist, but mostly a Wife, Mother and Grandmother, and I know why I'm here.

About Me

I see myself in the roles that I have. I see myself first as a Child of Heavenly Parents, Earthly Parents, and as a Wife and Parent of Children and Grandchildren I see my joys as the talents I can share with others like poetry and composing music, natural medicine, singing and sharing the veggies we grow in our garden. I love to learn and have attended 2 universities and 2 colleges, the last time I was the oldest member in all my classes at 48. But the best education of my life occurs as a member of the church. Here I have learned and maintained many interests, Family History, Music Education, Home keeping, Friendship, and Gospel Scholarship. Mostly I just love life and all the wonderful and diverse individuals I get to meet with every passing year.

Why I am a Mormon

I spent my preschool years growing up in a small gingerbread like house. One sunny afternoon I went to the cement walkway by side of the home with great intentions in my heart. I’d come into possession of a old windup clock. I was determined to take the clock apart see how it worked and fix it! I remember feeling the satisfaction of tearing into the clock, the bright and shiny pieces and the amazing way they interconnected. I removed several pieces, but some seemed fixed in place. I’d not be able to remove them, yet they were wonderful to me! As I worked time stood still, my whole soul was fixed upon the project. I remember feeling the warm sun on my back as I shifted positions to get a better look at what I was doing. Confident in my ability and lost in the work I felt great joy! In the end I wrapped the remains of the clock up and carefully placed it out of sight. I was left with a overwhelming feeling of satisfaction. So why tell this story.. because my relationship to the Church and the Savior Jesus Christ works in much the same way. I am still that child dealing with much that is beyond me. Wanting dearly to accomplish good, yet lacking all the capacity to succeed. As I have conformed my life to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, I loose myself in the great demands of a higher standard. Time stands still as I enter sacred temples and learn my place in an eternal perspective. I know what my goals are in life and can accept things that I can’t control with awe and respect, and patience. Because of modern day Prophets that direct this work though heavenly revelation, I know that I can always bask in the warm light of direction. I can continue to move closer to success here and in the here after. And when life ends I will be able to put it aside with great fulfillment. This True and Living Church fulfills all my needs! The beauty of which cannot be understood until worked at with the intensity of a child on a warm sunny afternoon at play.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by seeking to lift my vision of life to the standards set in the commandments of GOD. Though living the Laws of the Gospel like fasting, tithing, and Sabbath day observance, and the health laws of the Church I have indeed found many benefits in a happy and productive physical and spiritual life. A full life. Volunteering in the Family History Center now consumes a major portion of my time. I find great fulfillment helping the staff, members and public as they come to the center for help finding their own personal History. The Primary Program that teaches the 3-12 year olds in the church where I have spent many years and the choirs and musical programs the church has produced locally in the past have given me confidence and training, in singing, composition and choral conducting. The Relief Society Organization for the Women of the Church has been invaluable to me as I raised my children. The lessons I learned there pay off to my community and family. With the preparedness emphasis of the church I have found security economically. I must say I know that thought the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ my life is full and satisfying, so much more then I could have possibly accomplished on my own. Through it's teachings I have lived for others and found myself overwhelmed with blessings.