Hi I'm Barbara
I have raised my children and now enjoy my grandchildren. I became an empty-nester at a young age. A family never ends and I am so thankful that they can be eternal. I enjoy continuing to learn and experience new things everyday. I love people! I love when I am serving others.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in a non-LDS family. I searched throughout my life for a Church that I felt was teaching me what God wanted me to know. I found pieces in various churches, but when I found the LDS church I found what God wanted me to know. I was raised in a very splintered family. Sometimes I was with siblings and sometimes I was not. My family members smoked, drank, enjoyed drugs, and other non-healthy lifestyle choices. I knew I wanted to make different choices - some were very obvious and some more subtle. I have never regretted my decision to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the best decision I have made in my life.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon helps fill in the blanks that are missing from the Bible. It does not contradict the Bible, it adds to my understanding and gives me a more complete understanding of God's plan for me.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
We know through the teachings and example of Jesus that baptism is an important ordinance that each of us need for eternal salvation. We also know that many wonderful people have lived on this earth and never had the opportunity to be baptized. We do family history and genealogy work, so that all of God's children have the opportunity to have this and other ordinances performed in their name; that they may follow the teachings of Jesus and receive eternal salvation. We do this because it is part of God's plan, so that all of his children have the opportunity to return to live with him for time and eternity. Since the spirit is eternal and lives after it leaves the mortal body, those people who have already lived and died still have the opportunity to accept or reject the ordinances performed for them. By doing family history, we find our ancestors and make sure each of them actually get the opportunity to make that choice.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by following the teachings of Jesus. I teach 5 & 6 year olds at church. I volunteer at a local hospital where I get to cuddle babies in the NICU. I listen to the promptings of my Heavenly Father and serve him by serving those he directs me to.