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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and I love being a member.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother of four adult children and a grandmother. I trained as a nurse before my marriage and now that my children have all flown from the nest, though they return often, I have gone back to my career and spend some time each week caring for people in their homes. My husband runs a business and I am his secretary. Both of these jobs are very satisfying. I love to be busy and am currently involved in the restoration of an old chapel and the building of a native park/rest area in our local community. My interests are family history, music, choir, poetry, gardening, quilting, helping others and enjoying life as a wife, Mum and Nana.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 8 I moved to a community which was and still is a 50/50 community in that 50% of the people are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints or Mormons. During those early years I attended school with some really nice LDS girls and went to church at the local hall where services were held monthly by whichever minister visited that month. Much earlier my Mum had taught me and my siblings the stories of the Bible and I loved those stories of faith and courage, of prayer and dedication, of love and charity. When I was 15 (much too young!!!) I began dating a young LDS man and as we dated over the next 4 1/2 years he taught me of the teachings of his church and I was converted. I attended activities like MIA and had good experiences with the members of the church so after we were married and the missionaries came to teach me, I was ready to learn more. That is 38 years ago now and I have never regretted my decision. My children and grandchildren get the opportunity to learn in an environment suited for their age group and I love to see them gaining the knowledge and completeness in their lives that I longed for as a child.

How I live my faith

I love to serve and be busy so working within the church makes me happy too. I play the organ for our sacrament meeting and the piano for the children as they learn beautiful songs about Jesus Christ, this world and subjects like faith, prayer, families and love. I have worked in the area of family history for many years and this is my favourite area to serve in. Families are so important to us as members and those who have died, my direct ancestors, are the reason why I am who I am. I love to be a detective and put all the pieces of the puzzle together and get to know these wonderful people, to learn of their lives, their stories, their trials and to also prepare records of all my living family too.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Barbara
I think of all the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this is the most attractive to every woman or man who truly loves their partner and children. We all want to be with those we love forever and believing that life together will end at death is just not something I consider. We are married for time and all eternity. We can be a forever family if we work hard here to build a relationship with each other and with God and Jesus Christ which allows us to earn the right to have a forever marriage. When you lose children or grandchildren, this doctrine becomes so meaningful as you know that one day through your efforts, you will be with them again. You will be able to hold those lost little ones or children and enjoy being a complete family forever. Show more Show less