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Hi I'm Sister Patricia Burkman

I'm a retired business woman and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am Sister Patricia Burkman, I have survived murder attempts, stopped organized crime, killed a bear, sent thousands of paperback books to US Military in harms way, and I am a Mormon. I've lost loved ones. My father to heart attack, my mother-in-law to pancreatic cancer, my father-in-law to stroke, the father of my children to a brain aneurism, we even lost a grandson in 2009. I've had big prayers answered. It snowed on Miami Beach during February 1977 and was sunny and warm in Anchorage, Alaska where my son, Michael was born. I am now remarried and blessed to have a fabulous Husband, two children, three step-children and 15 grandchildren. I am now retired and have joined my husband on a mission for our church.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a mixed faith family. My father was Catholic, my mother Primative Baptist. We did not attend church services very often and were taught from the Bible and religious materials purchased from the Catholic Church by my mother. I occasionally went to the Baptist church with my grandfather, who was a preacher. I attended the Catholic Church for weddings and funerals. From a very young age, I felt a need to find the right church. As a teenager I studied different religions and philosophies never being able to fulfill this burning need in my heart. As an adult I took my search for the correct religion more seriously. I attended Catholic services and took classes to convert, but during a conversation with a Priest about questions I had I realized that being Catholic would not be the right path. The same was true for the different Baptist faiths, the Methodist and other faiths. I finally gave up my search realizing that all the churches start out looking great, but the more I learned about them the more I realized that they couldn't come close, to what I knew in my heart Christ would want his church to be. In February 1996 during an ice storm, two sister missionaries came to my home and I told them of my failed search for the true church. I refused to hear what they had to say, telling them instead of what I thought Christ's true church would be like. To my shock, the LDS church had everything that I knew Christ wanted in his church. I took several months to investigate further to make sure that I wasn't being misled and that all of my questions could be answered correctly and in a manner that I knew in my heart would please Christ. I'm Mormon because this is Christ's true church reorganized on this earth and that the members are daily and actively working to be more Christ like in every way. I'm Mormon because I'm inspired to be a better person. I'm Mormon because once you discover the truth you cannot deny it.

How I live my faith

Everyday is another day to learn to be kinder and more loving of others. Besides reading and studying scriptures, I occasionally enjoy doing random acts of kindness. I will hand fold flowers or make clay hearts and have even taken balloons out into the town and handed them out to people who look in need of cheering up. These are simple things that can quickly cheer me up as much as the receiver. In addition to the acts that have no lasting affect on a persons life, my husband and I help lead a peer recovery group, I teach the gospel, I take meals to the sick, and for several years I and other sisters from the church provided personal care assistance to a very ill and disabled woman. There is always good works to be done and in every situation I have learned valuable lessons about Christ's love for His children.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Sister Patricia Burkman
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has over 15 million members. Just as there are a wide variety of religions that teach using the Old and New Testaments with dramatically different religious practices, there are different religious organizations that also include the additional scriptures found in the Book of Mormon with equally dramatic differences in religious practices. All religious groups that use the Book of Mormon are referred to as "Mormons" by the press and members of their own religious sect, regardless of the real name of their church. Unfortunately the ugly and socially unacceptable actions of some of these other groups continue to be reported by the press without distinguishing them from other Mormon faiths. Show more Show less