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Hi I'm Patti Wilson

I grew up in a small town in the mid-west and I am a convert. I joined the church when I was sixteen years old.

About Me

I have a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I love working with young children and have six children of my own. My husband and I were sealed in the Salt Lake City temple almost 30 years ago. I have held lots of callings in the church. I also like making baby quilts, cross stitch and I am learning sign language. My husband and I enjoy walking and star gazing (novice astronomers). I have worked in preschool/daycare and I am now working as an aide in an elementary special education classroom. I love working with these children that are naturally so loving.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I received a strong spiritual confirmation that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I received this testimony while reading the History of Joseph Smith found in the Pearl of Great Price in the back of the Doctrine and Covenants. It may seem at first that this was a simple process but it actually took years of previous spiritual experiences that lead me to the church and I received this witness only after trying to follow the commandments, praying and reading the scriptures. This spiritual witness has changed the course of my life and I feel very blessed to have received it. All the blessings I now, have come from my choice to follow the Savior and to try to do his will. No doubt I have also experienced many challenges because of this decision but there will always be consequences for doing what is right. I know that everyone can have these spiritual experiences if they are willing to change their life and follow the Savior.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to serve in and out of the church. I have held many callings and I have volunteered in many school parent organizations. My favorite callings have been Achievement Day Leader, a weekday activity leader for girls 8 to 11 years old, and Sunbeam/Star A primary teacher, a Sunday school teacher for 3 and 4 year old children. I am now serving as the Young Women's President which means I oversee both Sunday and weekday teaching and activities for young women ages 12 to 18 and I enjoy doing this, too.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Patti Wilson
In the gospel of John chapter 3 we learn that Nicodemus comes to the Savior to gain more understanding, the Savior tells him, "Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus is a little confused and asks for some clarification and the Savior says, " Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." The Savior was talking about baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost which are saving ordinances that everyone must have in order for the atonement to be effective in their lives. John 3: 17 states, " For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." In 1 Corinthians 15: 29 Paul states, "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" which lets us know that baptism was a commandment and ordinance during Christ's ministry. Modern revelation through prophets have allowed us to know how these saving ordinances are to be performed for people who have never had the opportunity in this life to perform them for themselves. This is the work that we do in our temples. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Patti Wilson
In order to enter the temple you have to be able to demonstrate through obedience that you have kept the covenants that you have already made at baptism. You also have to have a good understanding of gospel principles which is why new converts and youth participation in the temple is limited. Temples are not just beautiful buildings to be admired but because of the sacred nature of the work that goes on in the temple it would be very distracting to have people walking in and out. We try very hard to keep everything as reverent as we can. The temple is a place where we do saving ordinances for ourselves and our ancestors. We are actively working and learning while we are there. Show more Show less