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Hi I'm Patty

I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. I'm a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, and an educator.

About Me

I have lived my life in stages; first, as a registered nurse working on an oncology unit, then, as a stay-at-home mom to two wonderful children, then, as a special education teacher teaching English and World History to high school sophomores and juniors, and now, as a grandma enjoying time with my grandchildren. Through it all, I developed a love for travel, reading, flying, and most recently quilting!

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I attended various churches. My father had been a Catholic, and my mother a Baptist. But, by the time I was in my youth, neither attended. I generally went to whatever church my friends were going to. Once I could drive, I branched out, looking for the "right" church that matched what I believed, and what I had read in the Bible. For awhile, I settled on the Episcopal church, even going so far as to take the Confirmation classes and set a baptismal date. However, as the date approached, I grew more and more nervous. I definitely wanted to get baptized, and had read in the New Testament that this meant being immersed in the water, but this was not an option. I also believed in paying tithing, as this was in both the Old and New Testament, and although this was an option, it certainly was not encouraged. Finally, I wondered, "Why, if God loved us so much, had He left us here with nothing more than ancient scriptures?" There were so many topics not covered in the Bible. Why was there nothing more? The night before I was to be baptized, I prayed as to whether or not I should join that church, and felt very strongly that I should not. I called and canceled my baptism. A year later, I went through the D.C. Temple prior to it's dedication. Standing in a stairway, alone for a moment, I prayed again, "Is this the true church?" Truthfully, I felt nothing. Two more years would pass before I would meet my first Mormon. After many questions, he suggested I get the discussions from the missionaries, and within weeks, all my questions had answers. God did in fact still communicate with man, through Holy Prophets, the same as in days of old. Revelation was still received today. Scriptures, about our day and time, did exist. I read The Book of Mormon, and immediately recognized the words of Christ, having been familiar with the Bible. Now, finally, I could enter the waters of baptism and begin my progression back to my Father in Heaven!

How I live my faith

When I was younger I volunteered in my community working on PTA boards, helping in the Special Olympics, and serving as a Camp Director, basketball coach, and Youth Leader in my ward. I loved working with young people from all walks of life. Their enthusiasm and joy was contagious. Now I am the President of our women's group at church. I am blessed with opportunities every day to serve other women and their families. Life is sometimes hard, but by serving others, my burdens are lightened, and my capacity to love is enlarged.