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Hi I'm Colleen Hatch

I was born and raised in Montana. Everything great in my life involves my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Montana with my mom and dad and nine siblings. My dad raised cattle and sheep for a living and horses for enjoyment. It took the whole family working together to be successful. I learned then that sometimes real enjoyment requires a lot of work, but a good day's work has its own rewards. I loved the country life and said I never wanted to live in the city. Since I knew for sure that I wanted to attend college, I knew that I would eventually have to "endure" the city life. I discovered that city life is not so bad, in fact it even has its advantages. I learned that there are good things to be enjoyed no matter where you live. I met and married one of those "city boys" and had 37 wonderful years with him before his untimely death as a result of a car accident. We have ten children who are the greatest blessing in my life. I have had many interests over the years, some that I have grown out of by virtue of my age, some I continue to do, and others that I have set aside "until I have more time". These include sports, camping, hiking, reading, music, art, cooking, sewing, and handicrafts such as knitting, crochet, tatting, embroidery, and quilting (I have made a quilt for each of my 34 grandchildren and hopefully will be able to continue this tradition for those who are yet to join our family.) Another love of mine is doing family history research, which I have enjoyed since I was in college. Family is the greatest gift from a loving Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born to loving parents who were already members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through regular church attendance I learned the principles of the gospel and how to be a follower of Christ. There were some challenges in growing up in a small farming community. Our small congregation actually consisted of families from four different communities. Ours was the only family in my school who were members of the Church. This made it harder to find friends with the same standards that I embraced, but it provided opportunities to share my beliefs with others by word and example. I have received a quiet reassurance to my prayers as to the truthfulness of the teachings I have received regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that God continues to reveal His word through living prophets, that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore the gospel of Christ in its fullness, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that Jesus Christ is the promised Savior, and through his infinite atonement my sins are forgiven and my sorrowing heart is healed because he has already suffered these things for me just as he has for all mankind. He invites all of us to come unto him and partake freely of his love.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ's ministry was an example of selfless service, and if we are to follow his example, we will also need to serve others. Service brings blessings. My life has been enriched by my opportunities to serve in the Church as a leader of both young women and young men wherever we lived. I have had the pleasure of working in church-sponsored units of Boy Scouts of America for more than 20 years, first with 11-year-old Scouts and then in Cub Scouts as both a Unit Commissioner and Roundtable Commissioner. I learned that the activities for the young women are quite different from those for the young men, and that is as it should be by nature of their different roles. But the personal values of the young women program (Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity, and Virtue) and the values taught to the young men through the Scout Oath (Duty to God, to others, and to ourselves) and Law (being Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent) are closely aligned and stand as a worthy pattern for all of us to follow. These are values that when followed will prepare the youth to make lifelong choices of ethical and moral behavior. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to have been a part of their lives in helping them become well grounded as future leaders in the Church and in their communities.