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Hi I'm Patty

I grew up in a military family. I've been happily married for 33 years, raised 4 children and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Much of my adult life has been spent doing volunteer work. I have raised 4 children and am now "Gram" to 3 wonderful grandchildren. I spent many years volunteering in schools and was elected to a school board. My hobbies include papercrafting, genealogy work, cooking, decorating. I love sports, having sat on bleachers for 22 years watching my own children participate in various sports. I have been married to my best friend for 33 years and have loved every minute, taking the good with the not so good. Each day is a new adventure and I love the journey I'm on!

Why I am a Mormon

As a child my family moved around frequently, due to my father being in the military. I did not grow up in a religious family, other than occasionally going to church with my grandmother, who was always involved in her church. It was my American and my German grandmother's that taught me to pray. My father retired as I was preparing to enter junior high. At that time, I became friends with a girl who was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was very active in her youth group and invited me to join her at some of the activities. At the time, I was looking for some way to be accepted and the youth at church were so wonderful to me, as well as the leaders. My girlfriends family also embraced me and they were such great examples of love and goodness. They invited me to meet with the missionaries and it was as if I had an instant connection to the gospel. I felt as though a part of me that was missing was reconnected. As I read the Book of Mormon, I had constant impressions that what I was reading was true and I really needed to embrace it. My parents, though not interested in the church, were very supportive of me and allowed me to be baptized at the age of 13. I will forever be grateful to them for not holding me back. I am also so thankful that a friend was not afraid to share her beliefs with me. Now, 40 years later, my testimony of the gospel is stronger than ever. I have come to know for myself that I am a member of the church that Christ established during his ministry. I know that God lives and loves me, as his daughter. I know that a living Prophet leads and guides the affairs of God's kingdom on the earth today. I know that this earth life is but a short preface to living eternally with my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ, as well as with my family. I am truly humbled by the way my life has been blessed because of this knowledge.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life I have had many opportunities to serve both in and out of my church. I have spent 20 plus years working with children of all ages as I served in positions in the school districts we lived in and also as a leader of youth in the church. Each month I have the opportunity to visit with ladies from church by taking them a monthly message and making sure they are doing okay. I call them my angels...and they truly are! I've also had the opportunity to be the president of our women's organization and a regional public affairs director for the church. Currently, I get to teach the little ones each Sunday as I serve in the nursery. My husband and I also are teaching classes to prepare individuals to attend the temple. What a wonderful blessing this has been as I watch others grow in the church! It has been said that "if you want to find yourself, lose yourself in service." I have found this to be so true in my own life and always look forward to serving others.