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Hi I'm Barrie

I'm a Jewish convert. I love being a wife, mom and grandma! I love to sing! I love owning my own business! I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Southern California. My parents were divorced when I was 5. I lived with my Mom and only brother until I was 13 and then moved to Orange County to live with my Dad and Step-Mother. I joined the Church shortly thereafter, and met my husband when I was 18. I have been married for over 31 years to my best friend. We have 4 grown children, 3 daughters-in-law, and 7 grandchildren! I love spending time with my family, even though we are spread between California, Utah and Colorado. I love music, and particularly love to sing. I have had the privilege of singing the National Anthem at several major league baseball games and other sporting events. Four years ago, I decided to leave the corporate world and become the Owner / Operator of a quick service chicken restaurant. I like to think of myself as an optimist. Life has a way of throwing twists and turns into your path, but having a positive attitude has always been a blessing in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child, I attended the Jewish synagogue. I remember asking the Rabbi once about where did we come from and what happens after we die. I remember his response being, "it's okay, you don't have to know all the answers." I walked away feeling a little empty. My parents were divorced when I was 5 years old and my Dad remarried an LDS woman who began to share the Gospel with him. After many years of missionary lessons and many patient ward members, my Dad was baptized. Several years later, I went to live with my Dad and Step-Mom. The first thing I noticed when I drove up to their home was a bumper sticker on the back of their car that read, "Happiness is Family Home Evening." I didn't know what that meant, but it resonated with me. It wasn't long before I was introduced to the Gospel and started taking the missionary lessons. Because my Dad had joined, he greatly influenced my acceptance of Jesus Christ. Jewish people don't believe or recognize that Jesus is the Savior or Son of God. Knowing my Dad received that witness, helped me have confidence to get on my knees and find out for myself. When I was 13, I was baptized. I believe I have the best of both worlds. I still celebrate my heritage and lineage, but I am blessed to have an understanding of God's complete plan for His children.

How I live my faith

I'm not always the best at reading my scriptures everyday, but I try because it always makes me feel more spiritually connected. I love praying and talking with my Heavenly Father -- sometimes on my knees, sometimes in the car or when I'm taking a walk, but I always feel closer to God when I pray, and then stop and listen for His answers. Growing up Jewish, I believe I have the best of both worlds. I have the heritage of my Jewish ancestors, as well as being a Christian. I have tried to teach my kids about their heritage by celebrating Passover and Hanukah, but also help them understand how all the puzzle pieces fit together between Judiasm and Christianity. In the Mormon church, everyone has an opportunity to serve in various capacities. I have had several "callings" over the past 35 years as a member, but currently, I have the opportunity to work with the youth, specifically the young women, ages 12-18. These girls are amazingly strong -- they fight off the temptations of the world everyday! Their spunk and zest is so much fun! I feel privileged to be able to spend Wednesday nights and Sundays with them during this very critical time of their life. We have a lot of fun on Wednesdays doing service for others, working on life skills, playing games, or just hanging out talking. Sundays we have lessons to help the girls come closer to Christ and His teachings. Personally, I think it's one of the best callings in the church!