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Hi I'm Patty

I am a grandma who has learned a thing or two during my lifetime...things I want to pass on to my four grandchildren.

About Me

I retired in 2008 after a 35 year career in Human Resources. I have four grandchildren, and I spend as much time as I can with them. I love working on Family History, and enjoy helping others learn the process of searching out their genealogical roots. I often feel like a detective when trying to find that elusive date or location of one of my great-great-great...well, you get the picture. It's also a great way to keep in touch with all my extended family members through sharing what I find with my family. I love to read, especially cozy mysteries. I never had time to read fiction when I was a going to school, working full time and being a single mom. So, now I'm making up for lost time. I read pretty fast, so I've been able to average about 100 books each year since I retired. I love photography, and would like to take a couple of classes to become better at setting up my photo shoots. A lot of the pictures I take end up becoming subjects of the watercolor paintings I enjoy creating. I also love cross-stitch, needlepoint, crochet, and quilt. I love music. I play the piano, organ, guitar, flute, recorder, and drums. This past Christmas holiday I learned to play the Irish whistle, and I'm going to try to get better at that. I'm a volunteer indexer, and love transcribing from old vital records. I can imagine a story for every family I come across. I am trying to find the time to write and publish children's books and would like to try a cozy mystery.

Why I am a Mormon

I have experienced a good two-thirds of my mortal life so far, and I can say without hesitation that the times I have been the most happy is when I have worked at learning, living, and exemplifying the beautiful truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Trials and sorrow come to all individuals at some time throughout our lives. Each time I have experienced a traumatic event, a sorrow, a disappointment, or the repercussions of not always making the right choice, or not always paying attention to the promptings of the Spirit, I have found that the gospel has helped me heal, facilitated learning, and increased my awareness of the promises the Lord has made to his children here on earth. The happiest times of my life have been when I have worked harder to become a better person, to remember why I'm here on earth, and to reach out to others who are struggling to discover what I have discovered...that is, our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, love us and want us to return to them when we leave this life. The Lord has given us scripture, in the past AND in the present; He has spoken to prophets, both in the past AND in the present; He has provided comfort and counsel through the gift of the Holy Ghost, if we will just abide by gospel principles and commandments so that we can be worthy to receive divine guidance in all that we do. Our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy and return to Him. Jesus Christ has atoned for our sins IF we truly repent, receive ordinances that have been restored to us in this time, and do our best in searching out, learning and living the commandments provided to ensure our happiness. Nobody, other than Christ himself, has lived a perfect life. However, we can try to be better, and work towards perfection. It is more than the "journey of a lifetime." It's a journey to a celestial life with God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the opportunity to have our families (through all generations of time) with us for all eternity.

How I live my faith

A grandmother has multiple opportunities for wonderful (and challenging) service to children and grandchildren; also a chance to serve parents, if one is fortunate enough to still have them here on earth. I hope that I have been of benefit to all my family in my humble attempts to serve. And remember, time is of more value that "resources" when it comes to service to family. I have served in church callings with the youth of the church, as well as in organizations supporting the women of the church. I having enjoyed sharing my musical talents in the areas that I have attended church during my lifetime. The Lord blessed me with those talents, so I feel I would be extremely ungrateful if I didn't use those talents in serving in my ward, stake and temple district. I have been blessed with an interest and ability in searching records, documenting family history, and indexing. I have served in two family history centers during my adult life. Again, this is something that I was blessed with, and have been told that I should develop and use this talent in searching out my own family history, as well as helping others who want to do the same. I love this work, and find it one of the most exciting and rewarding things I've ever done. I also provide volunteer community service through participation as a board member with the Hearing Loss Association in my area. I love this opportunity and have met many wonderful people during the past three years. I hope I am an example to those around me of someone who cares about others... someone a person could come to when needing a listening ear if they felt burdened by the trials and obligations of life. I feel I have been lacking in that trait in recent years, and I would like to change that. I am trying to take my own level of spirituality up a couple of notches, and make more time for my own "continuing education" in the searching, pondering and praying about the scriptures. I have more to do to be what I know I can be!