Hi I'm Barbie Jones
I was born in Germany to an unwed teenage mother. She gave me the best life she could by allowing my American parents to adopt me. My Dad was in the Army and I spent most of my young childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas where my Dad was stationed at the Naval Air Station. As a teenager I had the opportunity to travel/live in such places as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Iran. This gave me a great respect for our global community and a love of cultural diversity..
Why I am a Mormon
I was always an inquisitive child. When I was 13 years old my parents and I moved to Tehran, Iran for my Dad's job. There in Iran I began to ask questions about the nature of God. I became frustrated because I wasn't able to find satisfactory answers to my questions. I was admonished that I should not expect to understand the great mystery and power of God and that I would simply have to accept by faith that which I could not understand. Soon afterward I stumbled upon a Book of Mormon in a second hand bookstore in Tehran. I was intrigued. I purchased the book for 35 cents. As I began reading I was surprised to discover it was filled with testimony of Jesus being the Messiah. The book piqued my curiosity. I wanted to know more. I did some research and I read about the boy Joseph Smith. Joseph's explanation of the nature of God rang true in my heart. I finally had every one of the answers I had been searching for! Life hasn't always been easy since becoming a Mormon, but having the gospel has brought me peace and comfort during the storms. Grace takes me with all my weaknesses and lifts me up to be able to do things I never would have been able to do on my own. It is the most amazing thing!
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
Though I was raised in a Christian home we did not attend church as I was growing up. It wasn't until I was 13 years old and found a Book of Mormon that I truly became a Christian. Reading the Book of Mormon changed my life. Its pages testified that Jesus is my Savior. It was through its pages that I first came to have a personal relationship with Christ. Reading the Book of Mormon inspired me to pick up the dusty Holy Bible that had sat unused under my parents' coffee table for years and at 14 years old I read the Bible from cover to cover. Without the Book of Mormon's healing message of love, hope and Grace I may have never acquired the thirst to read the Bible and may have never had a personal relationship with Christ. Some 30 years later I still delight in daily study of the two sacred volumes of scripture, the Holy Bible and Book of Mormon --together - hand and hand. I love comparing their message and studying the word, tapping into the grace of Christ as I do so. For me what Matthew 16:18 says has proven to be so true. "...that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established." These witnesses of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ saved me and I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father that I found that old worn Book of Mormon.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
My parents separated when I was in high school and eventually divorced due to my Dad's drinking problem. Fortunately I married a man who puts God first in his life. On our wedding day my husband and I found a private time to kneel in prayer together. I was so tenderly touched when I heard his humble plea to the Lord to help him be a good husband to me. He also asked for help to be receptive to my needs. Twelve years later has he been perfect? No, but neither have I. However, praying together and setting that standard in the first hours after of our wedding brought an eternal perspective to our marriage. I might grumble under my breath when I see my hubby's socks left on the floor for the umpteenth time, but perspective is everything. Our knowledge of the gospel makes it so we don't miss the forest for the trees. We know we will be sweethearts and husband and wife for eternity!!!!!! Little idiosyncrasies in our mortal selves are of little to no importance except to remind us both we are still human.
How I live my faith
I live my faith rather simply, actually. I live it day by day by tapping into the flow of grace that God gives me that makes it possible for me to do God's will that day. Grace gives me the strength and ability to better serve my fellow man. Living my faith makes me a better person than I could ever be on my own merits. It also gives me a contentment and serenity I have never found anywhere else.