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Hi I'm Pat

I grew up in Salt Lake City with a large extended family. I love hiking, gardening and family history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and a mom of five children and 14 grandchildren. I'm also a registered nurse but currently retired. I love our large vegetable garden, hiking in the mountains, and sharing family history stories. I grew up with two sisters and had good experiences as a child, but unfortunately my father was an alcoholic. I feel that I've learned a lot about living with someone with an addiction. I try to be of help to others who are suffering from the pain and struggles of overcoming addiction or having a family member with addictions.

Why I am a Mormon

I was actually baptized a member of the LDS church when I was eight years old. I had attended church classes for children, but my immediate and extended family were not active in the church. My parents wanted me to be baptized mostly because it was a family tradition, but they didn't practice the religion or have gospel teachings in our home. I felt drawn to the spirit that I felt in church meetings and a church girls camp I attended. I also had friends in high school who seemed to find a lot of happiness from church teachings. When I was a senior in high school I felt a stronger desire to make gospel teachings a part of my life. I had a special blessing from a church leader called a 'patriarch'. It helped me to focus my life on the teachings of Jesus Christ as I left for college. I was fortunate to have great roommates with good values who set a good example for me. I also met my husband to be my first year of college. We completed our first year of college and he left for a two year mission for the church. We were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple shortly after he returned. In the temple we were sealed together as a couple by priesthood authority for this life as well as the life to come. This meant so much to us because it gave us the knowledge that we will be connected with each other and our children in the next life. We have tried to make it through the ups and downs of life and raising a family with the help of prayer, study of the scriptures, and following the counsel of our prophet and other church leaders. Even though life has not always been easy, each of these things has blessed my life so much by helping me understand what our Savior, Jesus Christ has done for each of us.. I am so grateful that He was willing to suffer, die, and atone for my sins. The sacrifice of both our Heavenly Father and His Son will always be a great motivating force for me to try to serve and follow the will of God in my life.

How I live my faith

I love people and enjoy getting to know others. I have worked a lot in our church with all age groups--children, youth, and adults. My husband and I recently completed five years of work in the Inner City area of Salt Lake. We were amazed at the quality people that we met there. We also enjoyed helping some people who were really struggling in both spiritual and temporal ways to progress in life and find more peace and happiness. We came to realize that we all have strengths and weaknesses in different areas. I feel that our Heavenly Father just wants us to help one another along in life. We loved the feeling of seeing someone start to make progress and achieve goals--even if it is in tiny baby steps.