Hi I'm Barbara
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 has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
I have often taught classes in the Book of Mormon at difficult times in my life, such as the year we were unemployed, the year both of my parents died, etc. I found that a lot of comfort, and answers to my questions were contained in the lessons I was teaching-sometimes at the exact time I was teaching the class. For instance, when my father died, I was teaching teenagers from Alma 11in the Book of Mormon about what happens to the souls of the righteous when they die. It was so comforting to me to read those scriptures, that I put the scriptures I was reading on the program for his funeral so that I could share them with the rest of the family and others who were mourning his loss. It was just what I needed at that time.
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.