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Hi I'm Patti Stewart

I grew up in Connecticut. I'm an adult convert, I'm a mother of four and a grandmother of five and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother, grandmother and recently a great grandmother. I love to work with children and have owned and operated my own child care centre as well as worked in a centre here in Canada. I enjoy reading good books, being amazed at the talents of others as well as learning new things. Although I don't enjoy moving I have moved several times in my married life; from Ct to Utah to Ct (again) and Utah (again), to Kamloops, B.C., Canada, and finally Calgary, AB. I have returned to school as an adult and as much as I enjoy the growth that going to school affords me, I find that it's a lot easier to complete school when you're younger.

Why I am a Mormon

As a Catholic I found myself often confused because as I questioned my faith to the teachers, they simply said that I needed to stop asking questions. I never liked that answer and so when I was 18, I started going to church less and following my own path. I did a lot of experimenting as a young person trying to find that one thing that would give me a feeling of peace and fulfilment but I never really got there. I met the missionaries through a friend, and I tried their patience until I realized they really cared about me as a person. Every time we met, they answered more of those questions my Catholic teachers couldn't. And they told me to pray about their answers. Later I knelt beside my bed and I began to pray, and as I finished my prayer, my heart filled with joy and I felt peace and I knew that it was an answer from my Heavenly Father as promised. I was baptized six months later and it was the most amazing experience. I have never regretted that decision for one minute and I have seen so many wonderful blessings come into my life because of that one decision. I am grateful for the many young men who entered my home, but mostly I am grateful for their love of the gospel and their willingness to put their own lives on hold to serve a mission.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have had many marvellous experiences serving others. I have been given the opportunity to teach young children from the ages of five to sixteen, I taught young children about the gospel and loved seeing their eyes light up when they feel the spirit of our Saviour's love. As a youth leader I was impressed with how the gospel teachings helped young people to make good choices in their lives and how those choices made them feel. As a newly baptized member of the church at age 25, I was overwhelmed with genealogy and family history, but as I began the process of learning about my ancestors, they have come alive in my life. I have grown to love them as I researched their lives and their struggles. They have become a part of me and I have been blessed with a greater love for them for all that they sacrificed so that I could be where I am today.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Patti Stewart
As a young person growing up I believed that life was all about finding happiness within what the world had to offer, but I realized that what the world has to offer doesn't last. As a member of the church I learned that the true purpose of life is to find joy -- true joy -- and that joy can only be found through understanding and following Heavenly Father's plan for me. I know that I can live with my family forever and that those relationships that I form here on the earth continue in the next life and that thought brings me such peace and joy. I know that the knowledge of Heavenly Father's plan can bring me great peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come. Show more Show less