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Hi I'm Pat Leavitt

I grew up in American Fork, Utah. I love to teach, travel, dance, read and spend time with my family. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I believe we are all blessed with talents which can impact for good those we associate with. For the past 21 years I have been a part of a voluntary accredited High School Show Choir having up to 125 students. This builds self esteem and gives students an opportunity to express themselves in a safe environment. This is a non-auditioned choir where students can be a part if they are willing to put in the work. I love seeing students excel and find satisfaction in their accomplishments! As a mom of 5 children, I find great joy in spending time with them and my wonderful husband. He and I enjoy biking (just finished a "pedal for polio" fundraising bike ride of 100 miles) and raised $35,000 to eradicate polio in the world. We have been to Uganda to provide humanitarian aid and are engaged in other voluntary service activities. Love giving service to others since we have been blessed with so much. I always wanted to finish the degree I started when I was younger. When our children graduated and left home for lives of their own, I went back to university and received my BA/BEd degree. I substitute now - love every minute and still take time to be with my kids and grandchildren. I feel so grateful for such a supportive husband and family. Supporting each other brings so many joys.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always needed a purpose for doing things. Even though I grew up in the church, I needed to gain my own belief system. At age 18 I left American Fork, Utah for California and realized I needed to find out for myself just what I believed. While reading the Book of Mormon and attending other churches I compared, contrasted and made a decision. I asked God if what I had decided was true. I prayed earnestly because I really wanted to know. A warm feeling of assurance came over me, which enveloped my whole being and I KNEW it was true. From then on I have tried to live the commandments and follow the Saviour. Sometimes I fail and other times I succeed, but because of Jesus Christ I know I can repent and He will forgive me. This hope which fills my heart is so complete that I know my purpose on earth, why I am here and who I am. The teachings of the church are tools which help me in my journey here on earth to understand and support me when I am presented with challenges. The joys and peace I feel are real and worth all the effort I have put into living with faith in Jesus Christ. I love my family so deeply and understand that The Lord has given me a Plan to return to live with Him again with my family - that is the greatest blessing. Enjoying and creating wonderful moments now can and will continue forever. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives me so much more through the tools and knowledge which we have - I love it! Happiness is definitely a product of living the gospel, why wouldn't I want it in my life? It's work, yes - but so worth it. Nothing physical can give that much hope, faith, love, happiness or peace.

How I live my faith

I have been involved with performances on the elementary and high school levels and enjoy choreographing dances and plays and teaching students. As a leader of young women in the church, I have loved working with them - as I have organized and engaged them in positive, self building activities. As president of women in my church I have helped them with physical needs and spiritual understanding. I love how the church has a women's organization to help support us with the challenges we all face. I have also taught the small children the basics of the gospel. This has been wonderful since they too are eager to learn about Jesus and how much He loves them. One aspect I enjoy is visiting with ladies in our area. Once a month another lady and I visit, as companions, 2-3 other ladies. This gives us opportunity to really get to know them and serve them. I have had some wonderful experiences with ladies over the years as we have shared our struggles, our joys and solutions with one another. We usually have these assignments for 1 year. It's great to be part of a larger family! No matter what age there are always opportunities to serve one another. We believe that as we look around us there are those who need a shoulder to lean on, understanding of life's trials, a helping hand, or someone to just listen - we can be the hands of our Saviour to others. When trials come, as they will to all of us, I am so grateful I can turn to my Saviour for comfort and help. Through reading the scriptures I find answers and through prayer I feel the closeness of my Father in Heaven. Because I understand The Plan of Salvation I understand my trials and am strengthened through them - even though they are not easy. I find joy through service to my family, friends and others. Meeting others enlarges my scope and perspectives. Observing the beauties of life gives me such an appreciation for Him who created this beautiful world.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Pat Leavitt
There is a saying that totally encompasses the purpose for welfare services: give a man woman or child a fish and you feed them for a day, teach them how to fish and you feed them for a lifetime. Show more Show less