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Hi I'm Pat Wright

I'm a Mormon. I love being a Mom and a Grandma.

About Me

I am a Mom and a Grandma--the best career in the world! I taught 1st grade before starting my own family. After the birth of our first child I KNEW that I wanted to be a full-time mom--7 children and 19 grandchildren later, I have NO regrets about that decision. I also like to organize things--papers, cupboards, closets...I get a kick out of turning chaos into order. I also like to see what I can create using things that I have around the house--making a nutritous/appealing meal using only ingredients I have in the fridge/pantry or making a craft or gift using things that are 'left-over'. I also love photography and scrapbooking. I recently converted to on-line scrapbooking--it's amazingly easy. I try to make a scrapbook of family events each year--births, blessings, reunions, birthdays, etc. It's one of the ways I've found to stay connected to our children and grandchildren that are spread out all over the United States. I am an optimist--a trait that can be annoying to other people at times. I tend to believe that most situations will turn out good, I try to see the other person's point of view and come to the defense of the defenseless. I believe that most people want to be good and that they are capable of doing great things.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church all of my life. My parents were both great examples--they were/are honest, hardworking, down-to-earth people. My Dad was the Bishop (leader) of our congregation for many years and although he had a full-time job, he had the heart of a farmer. We had a big garden and some livestock. We learned to work and we learned to share what we had with others. When we were all old enough to be in school, my mom went to work to earn money so that we could go to college. I grew up attending church and being around other good christian people and decided that I wanted to be just like them when I grew up. When I was about 10 years old, our Sunday School class was asked to sing in church. The song we decided to sing was about the Prophet Joseph Smith. One night I was sitting up in bed trying to memorize the words to the song and my heart felt 'full' and warm and I had a tingling sensation all over my body. It lasted for several minutes. I had never felt like that before. Deep inside I KNEW that the words I had been reading were true! I felt certain, even though I was so young, that God was aware of me and that He had spoken to my heart to let me know that Joseph Smith really was His prophet. I felt an overwhelming feeling of being loved.

How I live my faith

We just moved to a new area and its been a little difficult not knowing anyone in the neighborhood. Going to church has made a big difference, but so has trying to get to know our neighbors. Because our condo shares a driveway with six other families, I decided to plan an activity for our 'pod'--the first one was 'Ice Cream Sundaes' on a Sunday evening. I was a little surprised (and excited) when all of the neighbors came. The adults visited and the kids rode their bikes and played. We started having them every couple of months and it has been so much fun. I feel like my neighbors are becoming my good friends.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Pat Wright
Mormon women are like other women in MANY ways. We want to feel like we are reaching our potential, that we are contributing and that we are valuable. Mormon women may try to meet those needs in different ways than other women. I read a parable/story once about a man and woman who were each given a key to a great treasure. The treasure was kept in a chest inside of a vault. The chest required both of their keys to open it. The man was given an additional key to the door of the vault. The woman's responsibility was to care for and watch over the jewels. The mans responsibility was to guard the vault and protect the woman and the jewels. Their roles were different, but equally important. When the man and woman performed their individual 'roles' they were both able to enjoy the happiness the jewels brought. It was all about the JEWELS. The story, of course, relates to the roles of a father and mother in a family. To protect and preserve the jewels (our children) is our main objective and to do so, BOTH roles are necessary. There is nothing that is of greater value or that brings more happiness than our families. Men and women are definitely equal in their VALUE, but very different in their roles. Show more Show less