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Hi I'm Patricia

I love creating things. I love exploring the world. I'm feminist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

There are many things that I love and value in life--sports, music, books, dancing--but the most important is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although I grew up in the western United States, I have lived in the east for the past six years. I love exploring the cities up and down the coast, and it has been a wonderful experience to leave here; the humidity, however, I could do without.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons why I choose to be Mormon. It is comforting that no matter where I go in the world, there is a congregation of people whom I can trust and turn to. I have moved many times to new cities, and there is a welcoming community where ever I go. have been to congregations in London, Florida, New York, Berlin, Prague, Arizona, and even though the people might be different, the feeling of warmth and love is the same. I love the teachings of the church, how it focusses on service and family. I love that it helps me be a better person and that it helps me live good principles, such as living within my means and living a life free of addiction. But these reasons alone could never be enough. I am Mormon because I have come to know--through my own personal experiences--that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds the full and complete truth. I have felt the impressions of the Holy Spirit confirming to me that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father, that Jesus Christ suffered for my sins, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and that there is continued guidance from God on this earth.

How I live my faith

I love being part of the Relief Society, the church's international women's organization. I am the president of my local organization, and I am in charge of the spiritual and temporal welfare of 70 other women. My favorite thing is to see how the women learn to care for another and grow together in service. Our organizing principles are service, unity, and developing Christ-like virtues. But we also love to laugh together and have fun, which we do in great abundance.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Patricia
I consider myself a strong feminist, and I love my role in the Mormon church. I feel like my church leaders--both male and female--emphasize that people of both genders have significant talents and contributions to make. In the Mormon church, men "hold" the priesthood, but that does not mean they dominate or control women in any way. In my family, my parents worked as equals. Both of my parents took their roles seriously and helped one another be their best selves. Women also lead organizations. I am the president of our local Relief Society, which is the church's international organization for women. My local priesthood leader--we call him a bishop--seeks my counsel and treats me as an equal. Of course, there are individuals inside and outside of the Mormon church who see women as inferior, and some people use teaching of the Bible to support these claims. But the leaders of my church have stated and re-stated that these perceptions are false. I love being a woman in this church. I feel valued and appreciated. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Patricia
The "First Vision" is the title that us Mormons have given a very sacred experience that Joseph Smith had as a young boy. We call it such because it was the first time that Joseph Smith received direct revelation from God. In this experience he learned that the full truth of the gospel was not yet on the earth. Of course, there were many good religions that had truth in them, and Joseph Smith was searching for the truth in these religions. He read in the Bible that he should ask God, who would give wisdom. So Joseph Smith went into a forrest near his home in Palmyra, NY, and prayed out loud. Like visions that happened through the Bible with Moses, Abraham, Elijah, Paul, and John, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. If it sounds like a miracle, it's because it is! I have prayed to know if Joseph Smith did, in fact, have such a vision. And while I have not had God appear to me, I have felt the same confirming feeling. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Patricia
I believe that there is nothing I could do on my own to earn God's blessings. I'm too imperfect and I'm too human. Without Christ's atonement, I could never return to live with God again. Sometimes, I have heard that I am not a Christian because I don't believe in grace. These people refer to the fact that Mormons believe people must keep God's commandments in order to be saved. But I think they miss the point. I believe that I came to this earth for a purpose: to become better and to learn and grow. While the atonement of Jesus Christ helps redeem me from my sins, it does not force me to become anything. Rather, by using the atonement and learning to live a righteous life, I can become Christlike. If my goal was simply to endure this life, a limited perception of grace might be sufficient. But if I am going to become a better person, I need the atonement not only to redeem me from my sins, but also enable me to become like the Savior! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Patricia
I believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. That He died for my sins, and that He rose again! I love reading about His teachings in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. I am a Mormon, which means that I am a Christian. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Patricia
I am a young, single woman living in a big city. I also don't drink alcohol or have sex, and I spend my Sundays going to church. And I LOVE it. I have so much fun, and I enjoy my life immensely. There are some people that can't understand how I can have fun and live the standards of my church. But I have found that I do not have such a rich and full life in spite of these standards, but because of them. They have helped me live my life free of addiction and free from emotional and physical harm. This church has given me guidelines for a happy life, and I am so glad that I can live these standards! Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Patricia
A "testimony" is a confirmation of truth. Witnesses at a trial give a testimony of things they have seen. I see myself as a sort of witness on a daily basis, giving testimony of the things I know are true. I have searched out answers both with my intellect and my heart, and I have come to know for myself that this gospel contains the truth of God's plan for His children. There have been many small moments where I have felt this kind of testimony. One time, in particular, I was teaching a group of youth, and they were sharing their own testimonies. As I shared my feelings and thoughts about the gospel, I felt this incredible love and peace overwhelm me and I felt the truth of the gospel shoot through my heart. While I don't feel this overwhelming confirmation of truth every moment, I am blessed to feel this testimony in smaller ways throughout my day--whether I'm at work, at home, or with friends. Show more Show less