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Hi I'm Pat Bersie

I claim the western United States as home. I'm divorced, retired, and have two children and ten grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Pat. I'm divorced and have two married children and 10 grandchildren. Needing to support myself I returned to school and earned a Master of Public Administration when I was 48 years old and worked until I was 74, retiring from a 22-year career in the field of emergency management. Presently, I'm serving as a volunteer missionary in Georgia for 23 months, at my own expense. When I'm done I'll go home and enjoy my grandchildren, genealogy, gardening, and reading. For good measure, I'll throw in some involvement in political activities. Another past-time is listening to "good" music which for me means classical, Broadway musicals, Tabernacle Choir recordings and similar inspirational and patriotic music, along with favorites from the 50's and 60's. And I love nature---like taking in a beautiful vista, listening to birds chirp, or watching a hawk soar. I grew up in the West and called California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming "home." I liked every place that I lived. When I was 22 I served a two-year mission in Japan. My more recent work provided opportunities for traveling to points east, including Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg. On any trips that would take me close to ancestral homes I'd take a few days of leave, rent a car, and go exploring. I love America.

Why I am a Mormon

Religion wasn't part of my home life. I heard about Jesus at school Christmas pageants and from the words of Christmas carols. I learned a little more by attending vacation Bible School when I was nine and ten. "Duty to God and Country" I learned as a Girl Scout. Singing grace at camp impressed me. I was seemingly searching for more. Occasionally I went to different churches with my friends and for a while I regularly attended Sunday School at the church where my scout troup met. Shortly after turning 14, two Mormon missionaries knocked on the door and Dad invited them in. I don't remember details about their lessons but I felt that what they taught made sense, that it was true. I believed them when they taught that there was a prophet on the earth today. I was soon baptized. A few weeks later we moved to Nevada where during my four years in high school I wasn't able to attend church more than a few times. But Father in Heaven was mindful of me. While in high school my participation in the Future Homemakers of America and attendance at Girls State brought me in contact with a few other Mormon girls who were good examples and told me about Brigham Young University (BYU). In my senior year I asked my principal if the school had a BYU catalog. "Yes, in the library," he said. I couldn't find it---even though there weren't more than 500 books in that dinky library. And then one day a recruiting team came from the University of Nevada and several classmates and I were seemingly hooked. But later that same day I found the BYU catalog sitting on top of the desk in the library. I read it and knew for a certainty that I wouldn't be going to the U of N. That catalog's timely appearance is one of the greatest witnesses in my life that Heavenly Father loves me. Blessings awaited me at BYU. At BYU I experienced a spiritual feast that left me knowing in my heart that the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Mormon Church are true. It remains so today.

How I live my faith

Service to others is part of my faith. Since my freshman year in college I have always had one or two "callings" at the same time. A "calling" is a voluntary opportunity to serve others. For example, my list of callings includes, in part, being a Sunday School teacher, president of the 12-18 year old girls' group, girls sports and camp director, homemaking leader, chorister for weekly worship services, and Boy Scout troop committee chairman. Besides feeling good about helping others and learning to love them, these opportunities lead to learning and personal growth and development of talents. What a blessing! I strive to keep all of Heavenly Father's commandments including the Ten Commandments and others that have been revealed to latter-day prophets. Paying a full tithe on my gross income is an expression of faith. Even though the budget has been tight at times, there have always been enough to meet my needs. By obeying "The Word of Wisdom" (a code of health) I've been blessed to not have to deal with the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Following the Lord's commandment to forgive others has blessed my life and left me free of anger and resentment. Keeping the Lord's commandments is a blessing because it liberates me from the actions that can be harmful to body and spirit. And it demonstrates my love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Living my faith is a way of life---a constant striving to follow the Lord's example.

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Pat Bersie
Other than my travel to and from the location to which I am assigned, I am paying for all my expenses including housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothes, and communication. Show more Show less