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Hi I'm Patricia

I am a daughter of God and my goal is to make my Father smile each day.

About Me

I am a wife, mother and a new grandma. I love the outdoors! Spending time in nature makes me feel close to Heavenly Father. I enjoy snow skiing, camping, taking pictures, decorating and classic rock music. I like to entertain and to surround myself with family and friends. I am a blogger and have a blog about women in the scriptures.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 18 years old, I had a friend who was going on a mission for the church. I was not a member and wanted to know why he would leave his personal life behind to be a missionary for two whole years. My questions to God were sincere and I honestly wanted to know if the gospel was true or not. In the Book of Mormon there is a promise in Moroni 10:4 "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I put these words to a test. I will never forget the first time I read the Book of Mormon and the peace that came to me. I knew that what I was reading was from God and that my prayers were answered. I cannot imagine what my life would be without the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It brings me great peace and happiness in this life. Everything that I am and hope to become is because of my faith.

How I live my faith

One of the great things about our church is that we really take care of each other. I am the Compassionate Service Leader in my congregation or ward. This is a position in the Relief Society, our woman's organization. I help to organize service to those in need. At times these acts may be small and at other times the Relief Society may be called upon to perform service for much longer periods of time. Recently, one of the members in our ward passed away and I organized a luncheon to be served after his funeral. It was amazing to see how many volunteers came forward to provide food, kitchen help and support to the family. The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to "comfort those that stand in need of comfort" (Mosiah 18:9). That is what we do. Whether it is providing meals, babysitting for a new mom or helping an invalid, we are there for each other. I am so proud of that and it is a blessing to have a calling where I see so much love in action.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Patricia
Absolutely not. We respect and appreciate him for his role in the restoration of the gospel but he is not prayed to or deified in anyway what so ever. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Patricia
Jesus Christ taught the world the value of women and the significance of their discipleship. The Priesthood teaches men in our church to emulate the Savior. Therefore, our Priesthood leaders covenant to serve with the same love, compassion and respect towards women. The Bible teaches that " For neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord." We believe these words and that men and women are equal in the sight of God. I have never felt inferior or denied in anyway as a woman in my church. In fact, I feel just the opposite. I have been President of two different organizations in our congregation, have given talks from the pulpit and have been included in important decisions for our members. I do not hold the priesthood but I share it all of it's blessings. My role as a woman is just different from the men. As explained in "The Family: A Proclaimation to the World" (located on lds.org) , God created man and woman with our own unique roles and eternal destinies. As we fulfill these roles, we are blessed and compliment each other. Together we help fulfill God's plan, which is " to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39) Show more Show less