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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm an optician, a wife, and a grandma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the LDS church in southern California. I studied at BYU, received a B.A. in math education, then stayed home raising 5 children and teaching piano lessons. As the children grew, I started teaching part-time at Ricks College, and continued teaching for 22 years, until my husband retired. Our family has enjoyed camping, hiking, gardening, bicycling, card games, and going to church together. I have also done some needlework (sewing, cross-stitch, and crocheting), play piano and organ, and I love to read and play games. Now the children are scattered and raising families of their own, so I love traveling to visit them, too.

Why I am a Mormon

As I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I had several spiritual experiences that convinced me of the truth of the Gospel. Perhaps the most poignant came in the process of studying the New Testament in early-morning seminary in my sophomore year of high school. I came to understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ in a deep way and truly felt His love for me. A few years later, I actually applied the Atonement in my life for the first time and felt the true healing, liberating power of His forgiveness and love. This foundation was strengthened when I studied Church History and realized that Joseph Smith spoke face to face with the Resurrected Christ and received instruction from Him and from other heavenly messengers sent by Jesus Christ. I am looking forward to the day when I will also meet Heavenly Father and Jesus face to face, and when I will renew my relationships with loved ones who have passed on, particularly my mother. Throughout my life, my love for my Savior has increased, and my desire to reflect His love to others has also increased. I feel great peace, knowing that I have Him as my ally in all of my worthy endeavors. He has sent his Holy Spirit many times to calm me, to comfort me, to protect me, and especially to teach me. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches me about my relationship to my heavenly parents and to my savior. It gives me opportunities to learn, to serve, to develop my talents, to grow, and to associate with others who have the same beliefs and values that I do. The programs of the church supported me in raising my children, reinforcing what I was teaching them at home and filling in where I lacked. I love the Church.

How I live my faith

I feel that the way I relate to others is the best reflection of my faith in Christ. I try to see them as a loved son or daughter of God, and when I talk to them I speak with respect and genuine interest in them. I try to live my life with integrity, keeping my words and actions consistent with Christian values. I am honest, kind, and I try to be helpful in any way I can. My main volunteer activities are in the form of math tutoring. There is a great need in the community for math tutors. Computers will never take the place of a person encouraging, motivating, and individualizing the teaching to the student. I have also had a variety of church assignments over the years, teaching principles of the Gospel to the young children, teenagers, or women of the church, or leading music or accompanying on piano or organ. I have also been a cub scout den leader, participated in humanitarian aid projects, sorted clothes at Deseret Industries (the church's thrift store), worked at the church's cannery, helped in the temple--all of these things are done on a volunteer basis. From this service, I have learned many skills, increased in confidence and ability, made many friends, and been filled with a spirit of faith and love.