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Hi I'm Patti

My husband and I are the owners of a small family business and we are Mormons!

About Me

My father was an FBI agent, and we moved a lot. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, moved to Detroit, Michigan, where my sister was born, and then we moved to Maryland, where my brother was born. We lived in Maryland until I was ten. Then we moved to Mexico City where my father worked as Legal Attache in the American Embassy. We were next transferred to Monterrey, Mexico, but soon we moved on to our new home in Rome, Italy where we lived for two years. After that, we moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a year and a half. Living right there on Copacabana Beach was pretty nice! We next moved back to Maryland, where I graduated from DuVal Senior High School. I joined the church while earning a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the University of Utah. From there I moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado where I got my Master's Degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Colorado State University. Immediately after that, I served a church mission in Hong Kong. After my mission, I lived in Denver, CO, then Cincinnati, Ohio, and then Portsmouth, Ohio, where I worked as a hospital dietitian for 3 years. After returning to Maryland, and working for one more year, I quit my job, married Tom Donnelly in the Jordan River, Utah temple, and moved to Colorado where we've been ever since. I have a wonderful husband, six awesome children, one lovely daugher-in-law who provided us with our first grand baby (a boy) in 2012, and, two great sons-in-law. I work part-time at our little family business.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents who let their children decide for themselves what church to join, so when I went to college I decided to study different world religions, in addition to my other subjects. My college advisor, Dr. Edward Eyring, was also an LDS Church bishop. He offered to have the missionaries teach me what Mormons believe. Initially, I listened to the missionaries out of curiosity rather than to know if the church was true. Before I left town for the summer, they challenged me to read The Book of Mormon and I accepted the challenge. As my family drove around Europe on vacation, sightseeing, I spent my time in the car reading The Book of Mormon. After returning to school in the Fall, I attended church regularly. I decided next to read The Holy Bible from cover to cover, and found that there were things in the Bible which had previously puzzled me that now made sense, either because of things the missionaries had taught me or things that I had read in The Book of Mormon. Finally, I decided to pray about the church. Immediately following each of those prayers, of which there were many, I felt like I was inside a cloud of happiness, but I did not know what that meant. Eventually I came to understand it meant that the Holy Ghost was testifying to me that the church was true. Not long after that I decided to be baptized! Joining the church was the gateway to an amazing journey! I will be forever grateful for my membership in this wonderful, true church of Jesus Christ!

How I live my faith

Three years after joining the church, I served a mission for the church in Hong Kong. Ten years to the day after joining the church I married my husband for time and all eternity in a temple of God. I have raised my six children in the church and have seen three of my children be sealed to their spouses inside holy temples. I have had children graduate from each of the three BYU locations (Utah, Idaho and Hawaii), with one currently attending BYU Provo. I have had one child serve a mission for the church and expect to send another into the mission field soon. I attend the temple once a week to do important work for the Lord. I have served in the church in many capacities, including working with the children, working with the youth, working with the women of the church, and working as a missionary here in my home area. I love this restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It is my life. I thank my Heavenly Father from the depths of my soul for allowing me to find it and gain a testimony of its truthfulness.