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Hi I'm Pat

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was home for 21 years. Never having traveled, flying to Hong Kong was an adventure.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for 47 years. We have three children (2 daughters and a son) and 11 grandchildren (8 granddaughters and 3 grandsons). They fondly call me Nana. Home has been located in three different places -- Utah, Arizona and now Idaho. I graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. For most of my married life, I was a stay at home mother, but for 18 years I was an elementary school librarian. This job I loved. Books and children, what a wonderful combination of learning and love. I knew the name of every child attending our school. They knew that I cared and loved them.

Why I am a Mormon

My maternal grandparents were converted to the gospel by missionaries called to serve in the Netherlands. They didn't know each other at the time of their conversions. My grandfather's entire family joined the church and immigrated to Ogden, Utah. My grandmother and her sister were the only ones of her family to join the church. My grandmother followed her sister to Ogden, where she met my grandfather. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple. My paternal grandparents joined the church in Denmark, and then immigrated to Utah where they could mingle with the saints of Zion. They were also sealed in the temple. My parents were born into strong families who attended church. They married in Evanston, Wyoming. Even though they weren't active in the church, they made sure their children attended Sunday School, Sacrament Meeting, Primary and Mutual. In 1960, my Dad decided that our family should be sealed in the temple, so he stopped smoking "cold turkey" and stopped drinking. He and my Mom attended the temple preparation classes. My younger brother and I were sealed to our parents in the temple. The spirit I felt on that occasion in the temple was so overwhelming, I made a promise right then and there that I would be a faithful member of the church, I would marry a righteous man in the temple, and do all that I could to raise a righteous family unto the Lord. Heavenly Father blessed me with an honorable, worthy husband who holds the priesthood and magnifies his callings. Our children have married in the temple and are raising righteous families of their own.

How I live my faith

After moving to Idaho Falls, my husband and I organized a neighborhood picnic on the first Monday in August. We invited everyone in our neighborhood to come and join our neighbors for good food and friendship. We would hand deliver invitations to all of our neighbors and would have around 100 people attend. We sponsored this picnic for 25 years. Since we have retired, our ward has taken over the responsibility for the picnic which is now the second week in August usually on a week day. This is attended yearly by 150 people from our area. I teach the 4-5 years old children in Primary. They are so ready to hear stories about Jesus and His church, the prophets and apostles and how to live the "golden rule" in their relationships with others.