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Hi I'm Barbara

I live outside of Washington D.C. I'm a cello teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of two teenage children, both in highschool. I enjoy reading books, gardening, and teaching and playing the cello. My husband and I like to ride bikes with our children when we get a chance.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this faith. In fact I have many ancestors who were among the early pioneer members of the Mormon church. But when I was a teenager I had some questions about the church. I wondered if there really is a God and if Jesus really lived and really died for me? I prayed about it and I read and studied the Book of Mormon and Bible. I guess for me there wasn't any "one" particular moment when I knew the answers to those prayers--there were many little moments that I had where I gradually came to recognize the spirit stirring inside of me telling me that these things were true. As I would read the Book of Mormon I would feel in my heart that this book was filled with great truths from God. I would also have moments when I would attend church meetings and feel strongly that what the speaker was saying is true. Little by little my faith in God grew and my convictions deepened so that now I can say I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) is God's church and that this is a good place for me to be. I'm a Mormon because I know this is where I belong and I'm where I want to be. Even now, more than 30 years later I still have those same convictions--they've grown stronger in fact. This is God's church. I love the church, I love the Book of Mormon. It has blessed my life and my family's life with a lot of peace and joy.

How I live my faith

My family and I attend church at least once a week. Once a week on Sundays we attend sacrament meeting where we partake of the sacrament--the emblems of Jesus Christ's sacrifice for us. We have a class in addition to sacrament meeting just for the women. My calling at church currently is to oversee the instruction for the women. This entails preparing the classroom, making sure there is a teacher and that she has the materials she needs along with a few other details. I also have a monthly visiting teaching assignment. I visit three ladies from church in their homes. I am a friend to them, we visit about all kinds of things but before I leave their home I try to give them a gospel message. I really enjoy visiting teaching, it helps me make more friends from church. We are all so different in personalities, talents and skills; we learn and come to appreciate each other as we serve each other.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Barbara
No. We worship God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. We speak pretty highly of Joseph Smith because he helped bring the Mormon church into existence. Joseph Smith. as a young 14 or 15 year old wondered about which church to belong to. He finally decided that to get an answer to this question he should pray about it. That's just what he did, and the answer he received was a vision of God and Jesus together. In this vision Jesus spoke to Joseph and told him he should not join any church at that time. Joseph later organized a church under the direction of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was the first prophet our church had. We know and understand more about the very nature and being of God because of what Joseph Smith has done; for which as a church we are truly grateful. Although we are grateful to Joseph Smith we do not worship him. Joseph Smith was a man not a God--we worship God. Show more Show less