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Hi I'm Pat

I am a mother, grandmother, widow, and a retired social worker. I garden, sew, like to help people, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My husband died of pancreatic cancer in 2009. My family all rallied around him and helped take care of him when he was so ill. I miss his sense of humor and the way he cherished me, but I feel comforted and strengthened by the spirit of the Lord. My children and grandchildren are a great joy to me. It was very hard work raising seven children, but it was worth it. I have lived many places--Chicago until I was ten and then Utah. I have lived in Arizona since graduating from BYU and University of Utah. I have lived in big cities and small cities and have enjoyed the benefits of both. We lived on the border of Mexico for ten years and enjoyed the generosity of the people there. I tried to learn Spanish, but I was busy with my children. I started learning Spanish again. My husband was fluent in Spanish. Now I am learning to speak Fijian. I was a stay-at-home mom until my oldest was 17 and my youngest was 4. We had a business failure and I had to go to work. My children all helped by doing their chores and helping the younger ones. I helped elderly people adjust to losing their vision and taught them new skills. Later I helped coordinate help for elderly people who needed assistance to remain in their homes. Before I was married I worked in adoptions. Now I am retired and enjoying it! I walk every morning, try to eat good food, grow a vegetable garden, play the piano, sew quilts for my children, and volunteer in the community. I am on a mission in Fiji.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and my ancestors were early Mormon pioneers from England, Denmark, and Switzerland. They sacrificed a great deal for their faith. I read Book of Mormon stories as a child and felt inspired by the courage, faith, and dedication of those people. I attended classes and activities at church as a child, youth, and adult. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. My testimony has continued to grow throughout my life as the Holy Ghost whispers to me of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I am so grateful to him for redeeming us from our sins and making it so we all can live again. I know that if I repent I can live with him again. He extends his open arms to all of us to come unto him, repent, be baptized, keep his commandments, and endure to the end. I lost my husband to cancer a few years ago, but I know that I will be with him again if I remain faithful. When I go to church I feel the love of my Savior reflected in the lives of the other members. We all try to help each other in whatever way we can. I am grateful for prayer and the direction I feel in my life from the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I love my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ and I know they love me and all their children. One of the best ways I have of showing my gratitude to him for all my blessings is by serving his other children. I did my best as a parent to show love to my children, teach them how to work, to love other people, and to be kind. I encouraged them in their God-given talents and gifts. I was not perfect. They all are wonderful human beings who love each other, their parents, and their children. I love to serve people. I have been on the receiving end of service and it helped to lift my spirit during tough times. I take meals into people who are sick or who have had a new baby. Recently a neighbor got sick with a mysterious illness. When she is tired or has a doctor's appointment, I go over and care for her children. I babysit my grandchildren too. I have volunteered at a senior center by organizing donations in their thrift shop. I helped school teachers with paperwork at my granddaughter's elementary school. I helped a friend who had panic attacks by using relaxation techniques--especially when she was expecting a baby and couldn't take her anti-anxiety medications. I helped an elderly blind woman who lived in my neighborhood type up her life history as she told it. I took care of two small children for several months while the mother was on bed rest for a pregnancy. Our family welcomed a young man from Mexico who had lost his vision into our home for three years while he got training in independent living skills and started college. In my employment I tried to go the extra mile when serving my clients to find resources to help them. I have also served in my church. I have taught adults, teens, and children on Sundays. I have planned activities for families, women and youth. I have helped plan church dinners. I have decorated for dances and helped make floats for parades. I am serving a mission in Fiji because I love the gospel of Jesus Christ so much.