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Hi I'm Pat

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents joined the Church when I was 4 years old, when a couple of missionaries knocked on their door. I married a non-member just after my father got released from being a Bishop. We have now been married for 47 years. We had a still-born daughter after 6 years of marriage, then had 2 sons. My husband joined the Church after we'd been married 18 years, and our sons joined at that time, too. I love to crochet (baby blankets, toys, sweaters, etc.) and play on the computer. We have 5 grandchildren, one of whom is deaf, and is attending Gallaudet University, in Washington DC. My husband and I are now retired, and enjoy living in a mobile home that we purchased after my mother passed-away. Our sons are not active in the church at this time, but we love them dearly. I have recently undergone bariatric surgery and have lost 70 pounds this year, and have some more to go before I level off. My youngest son is my inspiration for doing this. He had his surgery almost 3 years ago, and has lost 275 pounds. My husband and I are volunteers, we enjoy working with others who need a friend, a ride, a meal or whatever, we work with RSVP, which stands for Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and we believe that working with others helps us to keep from being lonely, depressed and feeling inadequate. We enjoy our church callings, no matter what they happen to be at the time. I have 2 brothers, one is an active member, and another is not a member. My husband has/had 5 brothers and sisters.

Why I am a Mormon

When I met my husband I was a member of the church, and he was not. My father was a Bishop, my mother had been a Stake Relief Society President, and I'd grown-up in the church most of my life. I married, and became inactive. After 18 years, my husband decided that he wanted to become a member, too. We raised our sons in the church through their teenage years, and enjoyed all of the activities that the church has to offer. When our children left home, we continued to be active in the area we were in. It is a feeling of friendship, fellowship and love to be a member of this church. One of the most important feelings is our attendance at the temples. We were sealed (married) in the Washington DC temple, but have been to many of them through the years. It is always a wonderful feeling to go to the open-house of a new temple..anyone can do this. We've taken many friends, member and non-member alike, to these events. It was our pleasure to accompany them through a new temple, seeing through their eyes the beauty of each temple. One of the joys of life is living and sharing with others, and in this church we feel like we can do this.

How I live my faith

I have been many things in our church. I've been a Visiting Teacher, a worker in the Relief Society organization, a Relief Society President, a worker in the Primary organization, working with children. I enjoy working on the computer, and I can express my enjoyment by doing the newsletter for the sisters on my computer. I enjoy attending church meetings, the temple, and working with others in my Ward. One of our greatest enjoyments is going on vacations that are church-themed. We have gone to pageants in Palmyra NY, Nauvoo IL, and we drove from Carthage IL to Salt Lake City UT, stopping at all of the Mormon landmarks along the way. We took our 5-yr-old grandson with us to all of these events. One time we took a trip just to Missouri and went through all of the sites where the Mormons had experienced trials and joys in that state, beginning with the St. Louis temple, and ending, a week later at that same temple. It is a joy to go through these experiences together. It is even more fun to be able to take others to some of these same places.

What is the Relief Society?

I love the Relief Society. It is an organization where all women can gather, enjoy each other's insights, perceptions and ideas on many subjects, not only church-related, but on any topic. We help each other, we share love and strengthen each other through attending meetings and doing our visiting teaching (where we visit other women and try to watch out for their needs). The Relief Society is world-wide, and is the same no matter where you live. It is sisters helping sisters (and occasionally we invite the brothers to enjoy our shared insights and perceptions). Show more Show less