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Hi I'm Pat

I'm a 76 year old Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, retired accountant, Red Hatter, Hospital volunteer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 76 year old Mother of 2, Grandmother of 7, Great Grandmother of 8. All of my children and grandchildren live in other states or other countries. "Usta" has become one of my most frequently used words. I "usta" be an accountant (which I loved) until I retired. I "usta" be a jogger, but now I only walk every day. I moved to Georgia from Orlando FL 10 years ago. I "usta" be an "active Red Hatter" until I became an "over active" Auxiliary volunteer at our local hospital, where I now serve as co-manager of the Gift Shop. At the Gift Shop I have the opportunity to use my accounting skills. I am blessed with good health which allows to participate in many activities with my dear husband.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I didn't grow up in a religious home, when I became old enough to go to church on my own I was eager to go and was baptized into the Methodist church . Since before I can remember I have always read the Bible and knew that someone or something was in charge of this great earth. As I grew into young adulthood, as a result of my reading the Bible, I began to have many questions "What happens to all those people in Africa who have never heard of Jesus Christ, some who actually eat each other, because they don't know any better. Question? How is it a person can live a wicked, sinful life ignoring God and just before he breathes his last breath call on the name of Jesus Christ and be promised the same reward as someone who HAS lived his or her entire life doing good...someone who honored and respected Jesus Christ regardless of his religion. I had many other concerns, but when I questioned the leader of the church I attended I received no reasonable answer. I ask those questions of the leaders of other religions and received no answers. At one point I thought of not attending church anymore, but by that time I had 2 small children and wanted them to grow up attending church (since I hadn't).This is where I was when those 2 Mormon missionaries knocked on my door on Thanksgiving night in 1963. Because of conflicting circumstances in my family I found myself trying to prove the things I was learning and studying weren't true. But as I studied the doctrines and principals of the Mormon church I gained a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the things I learned and was baptized, at last, on June 26, 1966. My testimony that the Mormon church is led by Jesus Christ through a living prophet gives be much comfort. My testimony of this and of the divine mission of the prophet Joseph Smith has continued to grow through the past 46 years.

How I live my faith

I am still impressed by the fact that the Mormon church has no paid clergy. We are all given opportunities to assist in supporting the spiritual leader called to guide and direct the affairs of each unit of the church. I served as a youth leader (teenagers) for the first 15 years of my membership in the church, as the president of our ladies' organization, as a teacher and leader in our younger children's group. I have been magazine representative, "chief cook and bottle washer", and everything in between. Currently I serve as the librarian in the unit I attend. I am a faithful full tithe payer, I also attend the Temple as often as possible where vicarious work is done for all our kindred dead and for all "those people in Africa" who have not been blessed to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ". I attend all church meetings unless I'm sick. I do church service as well as community service as often as I have the opportunity. I try to "love my neighbor as myself"...though sometimes that's not always easy. I have to add, though being a member of the Mormon church has not made ME ( nor my LIFE) perfect, I have received a PERFECT peace through these 46 years that has sustained me through many trials.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Pat
I was a smoker in 1963 when the Mormon missionaries knocked on my door. I continued to smoke and drink coffee and tea (never alcohol) until March 19, 1966, 2 months before I was baptized. I have never smoked or drank coffee or tea since and I do try to eat healthy. I am still amazed that the Lord revealed to his prophet in 1833 (Doctrine & Covenants, Section 89) regarding these substances. Surely not even the prophet understood why the members of the church were counseled to sustain from coffee, tea and alcohol back in 1833. Only in the past 25 to 30 years have we learned through science how harmful alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea (of course these days illegal drugs have been added) are to our bodies. That one revelation alone sustains my testimony that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet of God and that we have continued to be led by a living prophet throughout all these years. Each prophet who has served in the years after Joseph Smith was killed in 1844 has continued to received vital revelations for the benefit and protection of those who will listen. Show more Show less