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Hi I'm Patty.

I grew up in rural Minnesota; your typical W.A.S.P. (white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant (Lutheran). Now I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up believing I was going to be a career woman; I also believed in "zero population." After my conversion to the True church, my perspectives on life changed drastically. I realized family is the most important thing on earth. After the birth of my second child, I stayed home to raise my family--a cozy little family of 10 children. Nothing is more important to me than my family. Those 16 years that I stayed home with family were the best years of my life. About 14 years ago I returned to the work force to pursue my career; I teach students with special needs. I absolutely love the challenge of working with these special children and their unique abilities. I have gone back to college and recently earned my Master's degree. As much as I love teaching, there is nothing more I would like to do than stay home and teach my precious 9 grandchildren and care for their sweet spirits. The church leads me and guides me and shows me the true meaning of life. I am so very grateful to have been introduced to the church almost 40 years ago. My life has been richly blessed because of what I have been taught, what I have learned, and all the wonderful people that belong to the Lord's kingdom on earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because Mormons live their religion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not a Saturday night or Sunday religion; it is not a religion that is just observed on Easter and Christmas--being a Mormon is an everyday way of life. Being a Mormon means living your religion day in and day out; being a Mormon means giving service and doing it wholeheartedly with joy in your heart. Every single person I have ever met at church is morally straight, strong in their faith, friendly, kind and sincere; the genuine goodness of the people in this Church is one thing that really stood out for me when I joined the church and it still does. Everyone knows everyone and everyone cares for one another. I really love the organization of the Church and its home teaching and visit teaching program. I love how everyone is expected to serve in whatever capacity they can, how each of us is expected to learn, study and share our knowledge and provide leadership. We are here on earth to help and serve one another because then we are in the service of our Lord and Savior. In fact, in my mind, I consider our religion Christianity +++++. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I know who I am. I am a Mormon and proud of it.

How I live my faith

I go to Church every week and encourage my family to do so. I have had a multitude of callings( opportunities to learn and serve others) within the church. Currently I am teaching 12-13 year olds lessons of the Gospel. I have worked with toddlers in the nursery, worked as a music teacher and pianist in the Primary, and served in the Young Women's organization. It doesn't really matter where you serve or whatever calling you have, these opportunities help you grow and bless your life.