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Hi I'm Pattie

After my husband died unexpectedly, I found peace through serving others. I love people, I love life and I love being a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in the Midwest. There were very few members of the church in our area. It was an interesting challenge knowing most people I associated with had no idea of my faith or beliefs. Most didn't even care. But I did, and after facing powerful and difficult social pressures, I decided to make a change by moving west. I found friends who shared my beliefs and validated my lifestyle. It was a time of tremendous growth. Out of gratitude, I served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 22 years old. The experience strengthened my knowledge of truth and my love of people. After my mission, I moved to Utah. I met and fell in love with a handsome carpenter. We married, adopted 2 children, and were enjoying life's adventures when, at age 44, he had a heart attack and passed away. Being a young widow was extremely challenging, but the Lord was with us and He strengthened me in ways that are impossible to describe. Now I know there is life after death. Three years after losing my sweetheart, and during a time of great stress, I plunged into anxiety disorder and depression. I suffered for 3 years. My feelings of anguish were excruciating. But with the Lord's help, and the help of others, I was able to develop tools that brought me out of my suffering and I achieved strong mental health. My life is now filled with amazing joy and a deep love for the Lord and all of His children. Without Him, I would be lost. I will be forever grateful!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents lived in Wisconsin when the missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints knocked on their door. They had been searching for truth for years and felt they had finally found it. This happened before I was born and I was blessed to grow up in the Church. The Church was small in that area, which was good in some ways, and not so good in others. I felt the need to live the teachings of the Church, but it was sometimes difficult to explain these to friends and neighbors. I felt peace while at church and with my friends who were members, but there were no other members at school and I had feelings of insecurity that were challenging. After graduating from high school and attending a year of college, I had the opportunity to move to California where there were more members of the Church my age. It was a gift in so many ways. I made friends who found joy in wholesome activities. They didn't need substances and immoral behavior to relax and have fun. I felt free to pursue a greater knowledge and understanding of Gospel principles and also of what the Lord wanted me to do. I look at that time as my time of conversion. I learned how to feel the Holy Ghost and to receive answers to my prayers. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true. The peace and joy that filled my life were delicious and I felt a desire to continue in the path of church activity and service. Now, after years of life with its ups and downs, challenges and blessings, I can honestly say with profound gratitude that I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly Christ's Church restored in these latter days. The authority Christ gave to His apostles is on the earth once again. Jesus' pure and simple teachings are here in their fullness. The Book of Mormon is a record of Christ's teachings in the western hemisphere. It is also the way to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of the Lord. I love my Father in Heaven and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith and testimony of truth are completely integrated with my active membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is through the Church that we get to practice our beliefs. It is by serving in the Church that we help the members of our congregation in numerous ways. We learn to love and support each other in our daily challenges and joys. I have had the opportunity to teach, lead, and assist in programs involving virtually every age group. It has taught me how to interact with others in positive and healthy ways. Using the skills and talents I develop while serving in the Church, I can reach out to many others in my community who are not of my faith. It is easy for me to be positive and helpful to those around me and it is a pleasure for me to encourage, learn from, and teach other people. I try to see others as the Lord sees them, always remembering we are truly brothers and sisters traveling the road of mortality together. Volunteering in my community with various groups has always been important to me. This includes serving local people in need, as well as those living far away. I have helped provide and assemble kits with various supplies for people living in crisis. This includes crises of natural disasters and political unrest. My heart is filled with love and compassion for these struggling families, especially for the children. I am blessed with the opportunity to support a charity whose work is primarily focused in Ghana. We sponsor children in an elementary school. We built a library in a small village. (As a result, the government will now provide electricity for that entire village.) We are also building a home for disabled children and a school where they will be able to attend and interact with other local children so that they can learn from each other. Through service in and out of the Church, I have felt my faith grow. It has stirred within me a strong desire to become more like the Savior and to live life abundantly.