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Hi I'm Barbara

I am a Black Belt, a Physical Therapist, a Foster Mom, a Small Business owner, a Grammy, a daughter of God, and a Joyful Mormon.

About Me

My husband I have been married 30 years. Our road together has been filled with ups and downs but all along the way we have felt the Lord's hand in our lives and we are grateful. We have been blessed with eight children and six grandchildren (so far!--grandparenting is the best, isn't it?!?!) Most recently, we have been blessed to have three refugee foster sons come into our home and into our family. They would not have come if we had not started a business that failed, and so I find myself very grateful for a failed business.. I have faith that all things give us experience and shall be for our good and that the Lord is aware of each one of us. I think our trials are a testimony of a loving God who has a plan for us and who wants us to learn and grow through the hard experiences. God has been so kind to place us here on earth in families. It is a divine organization and central to His plan for His children. It is in families that we learn unselfishness, forgiveness, self-control, and love. It is important to me to do things together with our family. Most recently, my three youngest sons and I completed a six year journey together in Martial Arts and earned our First Dan Black Belts. There are very few activities where Adults and Children can start out together--martial arts is one of those--we were all white belts together. I love Martial Arts but I mostly love the memories of making that journey with my children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a Mormon because I have had personal spiritual experiences and answers to prayer that have witnessed to me that there really is just one God, one faith, one baptism, one reality and this church is it! Originally, I was born into the church to a mother who was converted and baptized in her adult years and a father who descended from pioneer stock meaning his grandfather joined the church when it was first restored to the earth in the 1830's. I will forever be grateful for this great gift of being born into the church because I honestly don't know if I would have been open-minded or soft-hearted enough to get past the myths and prejudices against the church so that I could learn the doctrines and pray to know if they are true. (Oh, how I admire people who do that everyday! There are 100,000's of people joining the church every year. They are my heros!) As a child, I was taught the doctrines and as a teenager, I began to have my own spiritual experiences and answers to prayer that changed me from being a member because I was born into it to being a member because I knew for myself that this is truth.

How I live my faith

Today is a Tuesday. We gathered the kids for family prayer before they left for school. We are having dinner together and we have a chance to talk about our day. At 6:30 we, as a family, are cleaning a neighbor's house because she is on bedrest, pregnant with triplets (all the help for this family is organized by our women's organization). Tonight at about 8:30 we will gather around our dining room table and read some scriptures together before we have a family prayer to end the day. I love family prayer. We are a busy family but for a few minutes, twice-a-day, we are together and things are quiet and it feels so great. Yesterday was Monday and the leaders of the church have counseled us to gather our family together for "family home evening" so there are never church activites on Monday night. Last night, we sat down and had a "family council" first, where we discussed schedules for the week (martial arts, Rugby, student council, etc), chores that needed to be done and reminders to "pick up after yourself", etc. Then we asked each kid to share something they had learned at our recent General Conference (March 31 and April 1, 2012). The kids actually remembered quite a lot and we had a good time, Then we had 2-foot long Twizzlers for a treat (which I got for a buck at Wal=Mart)! We go to church together every Sunday. The kids have a youth activity on Wednesdays. We all try to say personal prayers and read the scriptures individiually daily. We teach our kids to remember Jesus Christ and try to be like Him. We teach them to love and serve each other and to watch for opportunities to serve others. A friend of mine once told his wife that he didn't want to investigate the church because it was "too much of a lifestyle"; to which I reply "but it is a GREAT lifestyle and it brings so much joy and helps us raise our childrlen to be strong and stalwart adults!".

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

The prophet on the earth today is Thomas S. Monson. He became the prophet because he was the senior Apostle on the earth when our last prophet passed away. We don't vote for the prophet. There are no politics. Men are called of God by living prophets to be apostles and set apart by the laying on of hands by one who has authority. The line of authority goes like this: Jesus Christ laid His hands on the heads of Peter, James and John and gave them the keys of the priesthood the power to act in the stead of Christ. Peter, James and John laid their hands on the head of Joseph Smith at the time that Christ's church was restored to the earth after an era of apostasy (evidence: the dark ages, so many different Christian churches). Joseph Smith laid his hands on the head of Brigham Young when he was called to be an Apostle (along with 11 other apostles,) and so on down through 16 latter-day prophets to Thomas S. Monson, the prophet today. Many people believe in the prophets of the bible like Noah, Abraham, and Moses but many have trouble with the idea of a prophet in our day. To me, it makes perfect sense that there is a prophet on the earth today. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Of course, he would have a prophet for the whole world on the earth today. We need him, perhaps more than any other generation. Pray for yourself to know that there is a prophet on the earth today. Pray to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet. God will answer. Show more Show less