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Hi I'm Pat

I'm a Mormon. I learned about the Book of Mormon and Jesus' visit to the Nephites at 15. The spirit bore testimony - it was true.

About Me

I am a mother of seven children and have 22 grandchildren. I was born in England, and went to Chicago to be a "Nanny to 8 children". I met my husband at the Church in Wilmette, after he returned from his mission. We were married in the Alberta Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My husband served a mission in Sao Paulo Brazil, and after graduating from University, he got a job in Brazil. We lived there as a family for a number of years. 5 of our 7 children are Brazilians. I speak fluent Portuguese, and grew to love the Brazilian members of the church. They are willing to sacrifice a lot. After returning to live in the United States I studied and took the Nationalization Test, and became a United States Citizen. I love to travel to visit with my children and grandchildren. They live in many different cities. I enjoy doing family history and try to work on the Indexing Program. My husband and I have enjoyed being baptized for our ancenstors who have died. That is a special work. We live close to a Temple, and have enjoyed the experience of going to the Temple every week for the past 5 years. I teach the 7-8 year old children at church, every Sunday.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth, my brother met the missionaries and they invited him to go to Church. My brother went to church, and was baptized. He invited me to go with him, but I went to the Church of England, and was happy there. After a few invitations, I decided to go and see what it was all about. I went with another friend to Church, and the missionaries taught us the messages of the Church during Sunday School. I do not remember what was said the first lesson, but I do remember the second lesson. The missionaries were talking about the Book of Mormon, and they read about Jesus' visit to the Nephites (in 3rd Nephi 11 - ). They taught us that Jesus loves all his children, and so he visited the Nephites after his resurrection. I can remember the Holy Spirit teaching me that YES. Jesus did love the Nephites, and visited them, to teach them His gospel. AND... He loves me also. That had a great influence in my life. I needed to know that Jesus loves ME. The Holy Spirit taught me along with the missionaries, and I was baptized a short time later. I have never regretted this decision. I set my goals on dating and marrying a good LDS Man in the Temple. This goal was realized, and once again, the Holy Spirit bore a strong testimony to me, in the Temple, that this sealing was from Heavenly Father and Jesus. And that I would have the opportunity to be with my husband, and my future family, and my past family for Time and All Eternity. The Holy Spirit has been my companion, and has taught me many things about my Savior, and the gospel. I know that our Saviour Jesus Christ came to the earth to set me the example, and he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for me. I know that because of His resurrection, that I too can be resurrected, and if I live my life worthily, I will be able to live with my Saviour and my own family again in Heaven. I, like most people, have to work hard, to keep the Holy Spirit with me. But it is worth all the effort that it takes.

How I live my faith

I always believe that it is through our works, that we are blessed. Just one month after being baptized, I received a “calling” (responsibility) from the Bishop, to work in the children's organization as the Secretary. This was my first responsibility in the Church, and I have always had at least one “calling" - position or responsibility. For many years I worked with the children. When I receive a “calling”, I truly believe that it is from Heavenly Father and Jesus, and then I do everything that I can to fulfill my calling to the best that is in me. I have received many callings in my years in the church. I have worked with the women’s organization, with the children, with the youth. For the past 6 years I have been teaching in the children's organization. I teach the young children who are turning 8 years old, and are going to be baptized. I know that this is important to teach them the correct ways. It also helps my testimony grow and helps me remain faithful to the teachings. We can learn a lot from little children. Also, I have had the opportunity to serve in the Temple for 5 years. Going to the Temple is wonderful. One can feel the spirit of the Lord, and enjoy helping others serve the Lord.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We all need to be baptized to return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus. Jesus set the example by being baptized by John the Baptist, even though Jesus was without sins. He showed us the way. There were many years when the Gospel of Jesus Christ was not on the earth, and many people did not hear the correct Word of God, or have the opportunity to be baptized for themselves. For this reason we who are members of the Church, after being baptized for ourselves, have the opportunity to be baptized for those who have died without the True word of God. How wonderful to help others this way, especially our family members. We read in the New Testament that Paul said "Else What shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all. Why are they then baptized for the dead?" 1 Corinthians 15. Paul was teaching the doctrine of the Resurrection. But using a principle which the people must have known. Baptism for the dead. Show more Show less