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Hi I'm Patricia

I grew up in the United States. I'm an artist and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from the Northwestern United States. My family converged at the end of the Great Northern Railroad line, in the late 1800s. They stopped in a most beautiful place, where I'm proud to be from. They were loggers, hoteliers, engineers. I grew up planning to be an artist, and realized that goal, partially. That BA was worth far more than a career; it made me an educated worker, whatever I did, and assisted my parenting. I apprenticed in a studio in Italy, and sold artwork by commission early in my marriage. I've also worked in administrative assistant and medical transcriptionist. 25 years a parent, I've been able to be at the crossroads of my kids' lives and loved that. So, yes, a big job as an at home parent (moving my family 11 times was only accomplishable because of it). During that time, a philanthropist and volunteer, serving on a film festival board, among other things. Culture and art are critical to society, so I love supporting them, but also support kids' dreams through 4-H, besides supporting women's health initiatives. How about this, how many know what a Rainbow Girl is? I also was a State Officer in Washington and Idaho.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young girl I needed answers to questions of the soul: what is the point of life? Who (and why) is Jesus Christ? I found that answer and knew the answer to my prayer came from the Holy Spirit. As a college student I carried with me a miniature copy of the New Testament, reading it often and completely. I loved, and still do, the Gospel of John, chapters 14-17. They grow in meaning every year, as they are rich in doctrine and understanding of the nature of Christ, of God the Father and of the Holy Ghost (or Comforter). When missionaries came to me and offered the Book of Mormon, I wondered. Does it teach the same? What does it have to add? There was only one way to know. Hand in hand with God, by the power of the Spirit, reading prayerfully, with my own eyes on the page, asking my God on my own two knees. I found that, indeed, it does have a great deal to add. It teaches of Christ as the people of the book understood and taught of Him. It teaches the Atonement with clarity. That book, and the full, complete understanding of life's purposes, opened the door to a great beauty. I'm the person I would have never thought I could be.

How I live my faith

I do a lot of family history. Growing up in an dysfunctional family, but with good parents, who loved me and cared for my education, I still had a lot of questions about what my larger family was like. Who were they? Finding them through Genealogy has given me a needed sense of family identity. I've served with the Cub Scouts, in every aspect. It's a great way to teach boys skills and values, patriotism and faith in God. I work with music, a "joyful noise," in praise. Music brings the Spirit of God to a congregation in a way nothing else can. So, I direct a choir, and direct congregational singing. I love to keep in contact with fellow congregation members through a visiting network.