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Hi I'm Patty

I'm a mother, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt. I grew up in Illinois. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am mostly a Grandma who enjoys spending time with both my children and my grandchildren. Since they don't all live where I live, I enjoy traveling to see the ones who live far away. They give me great joy. I also enjoy serving in my community and getting acquainted with my neighbors. My neighborhood has walking paths that meander along creeks and through woodsy meadows. I enjoy walking through them on a daily basis, and taking in the beauties of Nature. A couple of years ago I moved to this community after my husband's death so I could be nearer some of my children, and enjoy babysitting as well as watching grandchildren participate in various activities.

Why I am a Mormon

The most attractive thing about this Church, as I investigated it, was the huge emphasis on family. When I heard the concept that families could be eternal, my interest was drawn to find out more. The summer after my college graduation gave me time to reflect on the things I had been taught as a member of a protestant church. Always having believed that there was a Heavenly Father who loved me and cared about me, I still had questions about some of the doctrines that I had been taught. A friend who was in the same frame of mind came to me, informing me that she had found the answers to our concerns, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She had found, and showed to me, both Book of Mormon and Biblical sources for the answers we sought. I was intrigued, and called the missionaries from the Church to come and tell me more about the religion. As they came to my home and taught me about the doctrines of the Church, I began to feel that I had already heard these things somewhere...the Plan of Happiness sounded familiar. Over the next few weeks of missionary lessons and reading the Book of Mormon, I prayed about the things I was being taught. After a special day of fasting and prayer, I received the answer to the prayer that I prayed...yes, it was true! There was no way I could deny the feeling of knowing that all I had been taught was true, and I was baptized soon thereafter. I have never doubted since that day that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and that His son, Jesus Christ, is the Savior of the world. I know that Heavenly Father's true Church has been restored to the earth through a prophet named Joseph Smith. I also know that prophecy continues in our day through prophets and apostles, and that Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet who leads and guides this Church. There is no other way to get back to the presence of our Heavenly Father than through our Savior, Jesus Christ and His Atoning Sacrifice. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am the president of the women's organization in my Church, and as such I have a great deal of contact with many women of different ages. They are all precious to me as children of our Heavenly Father, and I believe that serving them in whatever way I can is my way of helping them feel His love. It is a privilege to be associated with such charitable women and I value the time that I have for this responsibility. I believe that service is not a thing we do for a specific time, but an ongoing opportunity we have to help our Father in Heaven throughout our lives. I have also served a mission for my Church, helping people to learn about their ancestors and tracing family lines. Serving my mission brought me great joy as I observed those who I helped find information about their ancestors.