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Hi I'm Pat

I'm a wife, a mom, a grandma, and I'm all about FAMILY.

About Me

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all my life. My parents taught me the gospel and were faithful examples, and I embraced it completely. When my husband and I were married, we committed to build on the foundation our parents had given us of gospel-centered living. We have now been married over forty-six years, have nine children, eight children-in-law (who we value as our children), thirty-one grandchildren, two grandchildren-in-law, and are excited about becoming great grandparents in a few months. I identify our family this way to show that of necessity and choice, I am all about family. At this point in my life, our children are our best friends, our best teachers, our best examples, our best helpers. Our grandchildren are treasures that delight and nurture us--and keep us active attending their performances and games and birthdays and baptisms, some across the country. Ours is not a family without problems and heartache, adversity and mistakes, but our source of unity, strength, hope, and devotion is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are blessed to know that we are God's children and that He loves us and has a plan for us that continues beyond this life. His Son is our precious Savior, and because of Him, we can be better and be happy in this troubled world. In spite of challenges and uncertainty, frustration and disappointment, my life is full of joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and have come to know through the witness of the Holy Ghost that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church on the earth today. I find in this church answers to my questions and direction for a productive life of service and fulfillment. The organization of the Church is designed to care for everyone in the best possible way on this earth and is obviously not the work of men but of God. I feel as Peter did when Jesus asked His disciples, "Will ye also go away?" Peter answered, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." (John 6:67-68) I testify that "the words of eternal life"--what we must do and be to live with our Heavenly Father, His Beloved Son, and our families--is found in the Mormon Church--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have had opportunity to serve children, youth, and adults within the organization of the Church. At present my husband and I work in the Scouting program as Eagle coaches--we help Life Scouts become Eagle Scouts. This is a demanding process for the Scouts, involving not only an Eagle project but a lot of paper work and detailed follow-through. We enjoy encouraging the young men and watching them develop important attitudes and skills as they achieve Eagle rank. I also serve as a visiting teacher, which means that I care for a few women in my congregation in a unique way. I visit in their homes at least monthly, pray for them daily, pray for myself that I will know their needs, and help and love them as sisters. I have developed the sweetest of friendships through visiting teaching.