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Hi I'm Patricia

I'm a Mormon. I have been a member since 1994 after two sister missionaries knocked on my door and taught me the Gospel.

About Me

I love helping people. I love to cook, especially for Church socials or to bring meals to the sick. I like crafts. I learned to quilt in Relief Society, the Church's women's organization. I also sew, knit and crochet. I love scrapbooking, too. I was a history major in college, so for me scrapbooking is a means of preserving history. I'm a mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. My family is very important to me. So is my poodle, Harvey. I am a veteran. I was in the Women's Army Corps at the tail end of the Vietnam Conflict. I also served 8 years in the Army Reserve. I am retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers. I spent a year in Iraq with the Corps of Engineers. I've also worked at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium. My favorite holidays are Christmas, Easter and Halloween. Christmas and Easter because we celebrate major events in the life of Jesus Christ; and Halloween because I get to be a kid! I love to dress up. I have made costumes for Halloween and also for theater productions. I am a huge fan of the theater, museums and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. My major life goal is to be able to go on a mission after I retire. That time is at hand! I can hardly wait.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I know the Gospel is true. Jesus Christ Himself is the head of this church, which He established while He was here on earth. I always felt there was something missing in my life even though I attended other churches. When the missionaries began to teach me the doctrine and principles of the Mormon church, it was as though they were telling me things I had always known. The thing that some people don't understand about the Mormon faith is that it is not meant to replace what I learned as a child, but it completes what I learned. So many truths about the gospel were lost or removed over the years since the last of Jesus' original apostles died. What being a member of this church has done for me is to get back those things or to further explain things that I just couldn't figure out. Granted, there is a lot that the Lord has not revealed yet to His chosen people through His prophets living here on earth. But He will reveal more as we become ready to handle it. However, all that is revealed right now is enough to enable us to return to live with our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. I love to listen to the prophets. They have such great wisdom to impart; it's like having Daniel or Jerimiah speaking to me. Our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, is an amazing man. He has such insight. I also am grateful to be able to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. He helps me choose the right thing to do when I am unsure. He helps me when I'm lost or just need some reassurance. With faith and through prayer, I am able to tap into the power of the Holy Ghost. I know the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are three personages who are One in purpose...the purpose of teaching us and helping us to return to celestial glory. I have chosen to live my life as purposefully as possible, have faith and obey the commandments. I'm so very grateful to be alive in these latter days.

How I live my faith

I am a teacher in the Primary organization, the children's Sunday school, and I teach 10 and 11 year old children. I have just been called to be a full time missionary as an office specialist in the Dallas Texas mission office. I used to be the ward chorister, which means I led the congregational singing during our Sacrament meetings (Sunday services) on Sunday. This was the second time I held this calling (volunteer job). I've also been the choir director and ward music chair. Other callings I've held are first counselor in Primary; single adult representative; and Sunday School teacher for the 14-15 year olds. That was a challenge! I am also a visiting teacher. I have a companion sister and the two of us visit two other sisters each month. The purpose is to fellowship the sister, give her a monthly Relief Society lesson, and determine if she has any needs that we, the Relief Society president, or the Bishop (our pastor) should be aware of. Relief Society is the Church's women's organization. I also sing in the choir. I don't always make it to choir practice, so I need to do better at that. But I usually always sing with the choir on the Sundays we sing. I'm a soprano so it's not too difficult to pick up the music. I love to sing in the choir. To me it's like praying. I also try to read the Scriptures regularly. I find great comfort in them. I try to be an example to my family to show them that living the Gospel is not about restrictions but is freeing and helps me to be a better person.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormons believe the Bible is the Word of God insofar as it is translated correctly. Over the years, verses, chapters and books of the Bible have been deleted, changed or been lost in translation. You may notice that members of the Catholic church, for example, use a Bible that has different books in it than Bibles used by some other Christian religions. Some churches use the King James translation like the Mormons do, but others use other translations. According to Wikipedia, "There is no single "Bible" and many Bibles with varying contents exist. The term Bible is shared between Judaism and Christianity, although the contents of each of their collections of canonical texts is not the same. Different religious groups include different books within their Biblical canons, in different orders, and sometimes divide or combine books, or incorporate additional material into canonical books." So, yes, we believe the Bible is God's word and it is Holy Scripture. I love the Bible as well as other Scriptures because they all help me live my life as Heavenly Father would have me live it. Show more Show less