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Hi I'm Patti Bateman

I am a Mormon. I joined the church while attending MSU in Bozeman, Montana in 1968. It's the best decision I ever made!

About Me

I am a convert to the church. I have been a member for 44 years. My life would not be the same without the gospel! I am the mother of 7 and the grandmother of 28. I spent the early years of my marriage running a farm/ranch in northern Montana after retiring from teaching. I was a typical farm wife, cooking for hired men, working in the field with my husband, grinding wheat to make bread and churning my own butter. I raised a huge garden, fixed every meal from scratch, and helped with the care of livestock while being Primary president in a small branch as well as scout leader, 4-H leader and PTA president. We moved to Spokane/Cheney, Washington in 1996 where I continued to raise my family, serve in many callings and began working full time to help support our large family. After 10 years we moved to Billings, Montana where my dad lived, so we could help his final years be more enjoyable. 5 years later we moved to Providene, Utah. I went back to school when I was 50 years old and recertified so that I could teach school again. I taught first grade in Wellsville, Utah for 10 years before retiring and then moved to Pleasant Grove, Utah in 2012 to be near my children. I work for my son, who owns DearElder.com. Retiring isn't in my life plan yet though I am past retirement age. Presently, my daughter and her children are living with me and my husband spends a lot of time in Montana on the ranch that his family owns.

Why I am a Mormon

Joining the church was the best decision I ever made in my life. I was introduced to the gospel when I was in 8th grade, but my parents refused to allow me to join the church. After I was married, while attending college, my husband was introduced to the church by a professor, who was a much a missionary, as a teacher, and because of this man's love of the gospel and the people, both my husband and I joined the church. I was resistant at first. My husband was not! He instantly knew the Church was an answer to his prayers. I had been warned when I first investigated the church that being "converted" a second time would be difficult. It was. But my husband kept asking me if the church was "The plan of happiness", why I would object. When the missionaries shared the film strip, "Man's Search for Happiness," and I recognized that I believed that families are eternal. I lost my sweet sister when I was 9 years old. I always knew that we would be together in the eternities. I was filled with the spirit and knew I needed to join the church. (You can find that video on Youtube). Because of that decision I have watched my children grow to be wonderful, caring, good people who in turn are raising their children the same way. I am so blessed! I thank the Lord every day for allowing me to recognize the truth when it was given to me. I look forward with delight to what the Lord has in store for me, in this life and in the life after this life.

How I live my faith

Serving in the church has always been one of my highest priorities. I have worked with both children and youth and spent many years as a scout leader. I even went to Scout camp with one of my boys because the Scout Master couldn't go! The boys' dads came to camp at night and stayed with the boys, while I slept in my car, outside of camp. During the day I was the "Scout Master" participating in activities and making sure the boys did too! I have directed music for both children and youth as well as teaching lessons and planning activities. I have been indeed blessed to have met many church leaders including the Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, when our youngest daughter was married. Raising my children in the gospel, teaching them to love the Lord, obey his commandments, and serve others was my most important "calling."