Doctrines ‘fell into place’ for her

Pat Ursic attended college during the turbulent period of the late 1960s, when many young people were questioning traditional beliefs and values.

She began to question the doctrines of her own religion, especially when told by a religious leader that most of the stories in the Bible were not to be taken literally."It seemed like they were saying, `Now that you're an adult, we can tell you the truth, and the truth is, none of this is real,' " recounted Sister Ursic, who now is director of public affairs for the Orlando Florida South Stake and whose husband, Ken, is bishop of the Conway Ward.

"When my husband and I got married, I dragged him through many churches. We felt like there was something better out there. We finally decided to use psychology and philosophy as our religion."

But a friend introduced her to the Church.

She contacted a bishop who put her in touch with missionaries.

"I was interested the first night. By the third discussion, when they started to teach, I immediately knew as they taught that they were right."

She said as one of the missionaries bore his testimony it "broke open the flood gates" of her tears. "I just bawled and bawled, because it was so real to me and from that moment on, everything they said had to be done.

"Before our baptism, I poured all our liquor down the drain. I hadn't had the cleanest language in the world at the time, but from that time on the bad words just stuck in my throat. I could not use an improper word from then on. It just would not come out. Sometimes I'd think them, but I could not say them, and within a week or two they didn't even come to begin with."

All the doctrines and commandments seemed to fall into place for her, she said. "I'm not perfect," she said, "but the basic commandments, the going to Church and paying of tithing were simple for me."

The Ursics were baptized in 1971, but she said it took her husband years to come to experience the same fervency of feeling that she experienced immediately. In the past she has found it difficult to understand why it doesn't happen for everyone as quickly as it did for her.

Her hunger for gospel truth motivated her as she began to teach seminary. She said the necessity to study helped her come to the point in her knowledge "where most people are if they've been born in the Church. I felt like I had to make up for the fact that I missed the first 25 years. So I quickly made up for it."

Her feeling is manifest in the commitment she feels in holding Church callings, as she catches the vision of what can be accomplished if one magnifies that calling. Her husband jokes that he could have her passing out hymnbooks and she would make it a full time job.

The scripture in Mosiah 5:3 that speaks of one who has been truly converted as "having great views of that which is to come" is meaningful to her.

"When I've taught a seminary class, I've been shown the power in the classroom and what the Lord expects out of those young people. It's actually scary sometimes, because you deal with people who don't see the view, and you're trying to get them to the point where they can see it.