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Hi I'm Patti.

I am a transplanted Texan. I love photography and music. I am a friend, sister, wife, mom and grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a military brat. I thought everyone went to a new school every year, I went to eight schools by the time I started the eighth grade! Then things changed, we stayed put for the next five years, due to Dad's retirement. Talking to people has always come naturally. I guess I don't feel like anyone is a stranger, because I was always in situations where I was the new kid and if I did not talk to others I might not make any friends. So, I like to talk... about anything. Creativity has been important throughout my life. Music and photography are my favorite hobbies, along with cooking and sewing. It is hard to find time to do all I would like to do. As a mother of three and now grandmother of 3, life is busy. I love family life and get so much joy from teaching my children and grandchildren. They bring meaning and purpose to my life. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a wife and mother, though it sometimes is a challenge as I work outside the home. Finding balance is the key. Being Mormon has had a big impact on teaching me the importance of families and taking time to be together, work together and have fun together.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was four. But, they became less active members as the years went by. I always knew the light of Christ was guiding me, even when my parents were not at a place in their lives to get me to church, there were members/leaders who went out of there way to pick me up and take me to church because I wanted to go. I always felt the love of my Savior and knew I needed to choose to be good and obedient. I did not understand the Doctrine of the Church while I was little, so it got to a point that I would go to any church I was invited to. I just wanted to feel the spirit, learn of Jesus and sing. As I got older and was able to drive myself, I returned home to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I knew that it was the right choice, I was old enough to begin to understand the doctrine and it made since to me, it was logical. My parents eventually returned to activity not long after that. As I have grown and been faced with real difficult circumstances I have been thankful for the knowledge I have of who I am and what this life is all about. After six years in my first marriage, it ended, and I was left a single mother with a toddler. It was hard to think of my marriage failing, but I could not let this define me, I knew I was a daughter of God and He was aware of me and my life. He would not leave me alone, He would be my strength. Marriage came again and now, 25 years, 2 more children and 3 grandchildren later, I know He has been there all along the way. He has blessed us and sent others to guide and teach us. We have truly been blessed for following the teachings of the church and most importantly instilling in our children the same desire; To love God and to serve God by serving our fellow brothers and sister in this big human family. I know this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the true and living church which He organized while He was here on the earth that has been restored in these last days.

How I live my faith

Becoming a parent has given me a glimpse at how much God must love us, and knowing my children have found the same truth and knowledge of a loving God drives me to strive to live my faith. Service, that is the only way to live this faith. Serve your God by serving your family and other members of the church, your neighbors and community, and so on. We are a lay church, no paid ministers, so we all are called upon to do the work of ministering and administering to the members, and needs, of the church. We also reach out to the community through service projects and getting involved in local community organizations and participate in local civic and political causes. Answers to prayers and scripture study help strengthen and clarify what I need to know and do to stay on the pathway that will return me to live with my Father in Heaven, and all my family who have gone on before or who will come later. That is the beauty of the Mormon faith, it answers all those questions about life after death, family relations in the next life. The mysteries of God are answered and logical. That is what gives me comfort. There are also many supports systems within the organization of the church set up to help us care for one another, fellowship and learn that the pure love of Christ is charity. Service, again. It is really so simple and beautiful. The challenge comes from worldly influences which would have us believe untruths. When all manner of immodest images and vulgar language are flashed in front of us day in and day out it is easy to loose site of what is right and good. The standards outlined in "For the Strength of Youth" (found on the church site www.lds.org) give me a pattern to keep me on the path of choosing those things, from modest clothing to uplifting music, that will help bring me to a better understanding of my worth as a daughter of God and impart that to my children and grandchildren. Living my faith brings me joy and I'm a Mormon!