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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm a farm girl who grew up to be a lawyer.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a lawyer with three grown children and six grandchildren. I love to travel and meet new people. People fascinate me. I've been a member of the church all my life, but I grew up in an area where church members were very few and far between. For fun I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading mysteries, writing, doing genealogy ( a real whodunit), spending time with my pets, my grandkids and my friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born to a Mormon mother, I had ample opportunity during my life go choose a different path. I chose to remain active because I have a testimony that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to Joseph Smith. I got that testimony first as a child, when my mother taught me from the New Testament how the LDS, or Mormon Church, fulfilled the requirements of Christ's church that he established, with apostles, prophets, the priesthood, etc. As a teenager, I read the Book of Mormon and acted on the challenge in Moroni 10:4-5. I asked in prayer if the things I was reading were true, and I got an undeniable answer that the Book of Mormon was true. Since that time, I have had some rough spots in my life, and sometimes even some persecution for my beliefs, but living the gospel makes me happy, and I cannot deny the strength of that testimony which I have received. Like Alma 32 says testing the gospel is an experiment, and like any good experiment, testing the challenge of the Book of Mormon will always yield the same result. It is as reproducible as a scientific truth.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite scriptures is Mosiah 2:17-"when you are in the service of your fellow beings you are only in the service of your God." I use that in my law practice-which has not made me very rich-but has provided me with rich experiences. I am currently awaiting a mission call to serve a full time mission. In the past I have taught early morning Bible study to teenagers, been in charge of the women's program in the local congregation and worked with teaching children. I also visit women in our branch monthly and I help provide meals and child care for church members who are sick, have new babies, are bereaved etc.

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?

Barbara
I don't know why women don't hold the priesthood, but I do know that women hold significant leadership in the church. In the course of my lifetime, I have had several leadership callings when I have been in branch or ward councils where I have had the opportunity to counsel with the Bishop or Branch President about matters affecting the congregation and its members. I know that every Bishop or Branch President I have ever worked with has listened to my ideas and suggestions and the ideas and suggestions of the other females on the council-and often followed the suggestions of the women. And this happened even before I was a lawyer-even when I was a 21 year old Young Women's president or an 18 year old Young Single Adult leader. One of the great misconceptions is that the priesthood is this great autocratic power that is used to force people to bend to another persons will. In reality, the priesthood is just two things. 1) It is conduit for revelation between God and the people over whom the priesthood leader presides 2) It is a means of providing service for God's children on earth by using the power of God to bless those children by providing the ordinances necessary for their salvation. The scriptures make it abundantly clear that trying to use the priesthood to force ones will on someone else, or for pride or ambition withdraws power and effectiveness of the priesthood. It has been my happy experience that most priesthood holders (at least the Bishops and branch presidents I've worked with and my husband and sons) understand this concept. These men allow the sisters in the church to receive spiritual guidance in the areas for which they are responsible (such as their families, their own lives and their callings) while giving faithful, prayerful, humble and loving service in their priesthood callings and leadership positions. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Barbara
The name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and it is only through Him and his Sacrifice that we can return to live with our Father in Heaven. Some religions question whether we are Christians because we do not accept the "Trinity" doctrine which teaches that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are all one Being. This doctrine was adopted by the Council of Nicea more than 300 years after Christ lived on Earth. Reading John 17 gives a pretty good explanation of what Christ meant when he said that He and the Father are one. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed that the Disciples would be one "as He and the Father were One." Surely He did not intend for all the disciples to be one person! He wanted them to be one in purpose , just as He, His Father and the Holy Ghost are one in purpose. Nephi, an ancient Book of Mormon prophet said it best "We talk of Christ, we preach of Christ, that our children may know on whom to look for salvation". Show more Show less