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Hi I'm Pat

I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother. I read and cook and play the piano. I love to teach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Wyoming, and grew up in the western U.S. I love learning, so reading and traveling are hobbies that I enjoy. They help me stay caught up on what is going on in the world. I own way too many books, but I love the way a good book can illuminate the challenges and joys of life as a human being! My other hobbies include sewing and cooking. I love touching and sewing fabric and collecting new recipes to try out on my family. And speaking of family -- I have a large one! My husband and I married and moved to California more than 40 years ago. We have seven children and (so far) twenty-two grandchildren! We love to gather our family from their various homes and spend time together. This is usually on the wild and crazy side, but we love it! Music is something that our family enjoys. We like to sing, and I play the piano. Our family has always enjoyed singing together, and music brings us together. It is fun to see our grandchildren developing their musical talents. I am grateful for the uplifting musical moments we share. To sum up, I love to take a good trip, read a good book, enjoy a good song, make something beautiful, eat a good meal, and spend time with those I love. My life is full of many simple blessings, and I am grateful for every one of them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon. Even so, there comes a time in your life when you have to find out for yourself if YOU want to be a Mormon, and if you believe what the Church teaches. My understanding of the gospel came gradually as I grew up, but my conversion happened when I was nineteen years old and a freshman in college. I had a personal spiritual experience at that time that convinced me of the divinity of Jesus Christ. My testimony has continued to grow. I know that God lives, and that He is aware of me. I often feel His influence in my life. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for all of us, and that He loves us. We owe Him so much! I also know that the Holy Ghost is real. I have felt His direction, and peace, and comfort. I know of no other Church that teaches the living reality of these three amazing beings with as much clarity as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I believe that God works through prophets. There are many scriptural examples of God leading people by revealing His will to prophets. I have studied the life and teachings of Joseph Smith, and of the other prophets who have led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I find the same patterns that exist in the lives of ancient prophets. I believe they are men of God, and I am grateful for their influence in my life. They are not perfect men, but good men who have been called by God to bless and lead His children. I choose to follow them. I find in the teachings of the Church a greater understanding of the purpose of mortality and the importance of families than can be found elsewhere. There are lots of questions about life, but real answers are rare. Through God's prophets, we can understand why. Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go when we die? I have found the answers to these and many other questions in the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and they give my life stability and direction. I'm grateful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I accepted my first regular church responsibility when I was thirteen years old. I played the piano for the younger children to sing in Sunday School. Ever since then, I have served in the church. I have worked with children, teens, and adults. For eight years, I taught an early morning scripture study class for high school students, and more recently, I have served as an administrator to help church members develop stronger community relationships. For many years, I have invited other women to come together for regular scripture study in my home. Service enriches my life. Outside of church and family, I have volunteered in the community in different ways over the years -- in the schools, offering phone support to nursing mothers, and in humanitarian projects. My life has been filled with service, which is a natural outgrowth of my faith. I believe in Jesus Christ, who taught us to love others and treat them with respect and kindness. I try to rise to this challenge as I interact with people. I hope to live my life in such a way that others will be better for knowing me, and will be drawn to Jesus Christ as the light that shows us all the way.