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Hi I'm Patricia

I want to live each day with purpose and learn all I can about the wonderful world we live in. I choose to be a Mormon.

About Me

I'm blessed to be married to my best friend. Our children are grown and have families of their own. Nothing on earth is more like heaven than when I spend time with my family, especially my grandchildren. I love to read and I love to learn. The more education we obtain, the greater desire we have to make positive choices that impact the quality of our lives and the lives of our children. Two of my favorite scriptures state that "the glory of God is intelligence," and " ... intelligence we gain in this life ... will rise with us in the resurrection." Other things about me: I love dates with my husband, time spent with good friends, cats, chocolate, books, art, music, and paper crafts.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to become a Mormon after I studied and prayed and asked God to help me know which church I should join. He answered my prayer, and I chose to be baptized. Since that day I've never been without hope, and I have faith that He will continue to answer my prayers. I may not always like the answers, or they may not come as quickly as I want, but I know they will always be the best answers for me, because He knows my heart and my worth as His daughter. Entering into covenants with God has helped me understand why the apostle Paul said there is nothing that can "... separate us from the love of God," (Romans 8:38-39) and why we must not let the worries, sorrows, and distractions of life convince us otherwise. Reading the scriptures brings me closer to Christ. So many verses in the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants testify of the love the Father and the Son have for us. I turn to the scriptures for comfort or when I need help making decisions. They have taught me that "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind," (2 Timothy 1:7) and that "he imparteth his word by angels unto men; yea, not only men but women also. Now this is not all; little children do have words given unto them many times, which confound the wise and the learned." (Alma 32:23) I've learned that God does not abandon us, and Christ does not leave us to suffer alone. As Paul wrote to the Phillipians, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." And as he wrote to the Hebrews, "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For you have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." I am thankful for the opportunity I had many years ago to choose to be a Mormon. It's a choice I continue to make every day as I try to seek God's will for my life and follow His plan for me.

How I live my faith

In whatever capacity we teach, lead, speak, or work, everyone's efforts in the church are important. And I know that when we are called to a task in which we feel inadequate, if we are faithful and try our best the Lord blesses us with the abilities we need to do His work. The Church's purpose isn't to shelter perfect people. It's to help imperfect people like me grow closer to God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love the story of the diseased woman who knew if she touched Christ's garment, she could be made whole (Luke 8:43-48). I believe it's important for me to attend church, study the scriptures, pray daily, and discover what God wants me to do with the gifts he has given me. We may not be able to physically touch Christ's garment today, but we can open up our souls to Him and allow Him to touch our hearts so that we can be healed of the sins and infirmities of our day. I live my faith by simply doing the best I know how, giving my best efforts, and praying that the Lord will make up for what I cannot do -- or those things I don't do well enough.