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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, grandmother and a retired librarian. I appreciate good books and in my opinion, a good book is one whose content educates, or uplifts, or inspires, or provokes thought in the reader. I enjoy nature and being out in it. My favorite out of doors place is the mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in high school, one of my friends, who was a Latter-day Saint (Mormon), introduced me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church). I began attending the Mormon Church and studying their beliefs. I discovered the tenets of the Latter-day Saint faith appealed to me because of the emphasis on Jesus Christ as the Son of God. I learned the official name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and He is the central figure in all of the Latter-day Saint worship. I found the term, Mormon Church, is a nickname given because the Latter-day Saints believe in the Book of Mormon as the word of God. As part of my study of the Latter-day Saint religion, I read passages in the Book of Mormon. I compared specific passages in the Book of Mormon with Bible passages dealing with the same topic, and found, in addition to being similar, the Book of Mormon enlarged my understanding. I also observed the Book of Mormon is compatible with the Bible in testifying of Jesus Christ. A passage toward the end of the Book of Mormon was brought to my attention. These verses offer an invitation and a promise. If the reader prays to God, the Eternal Father, to ask if the things written in the Book of Mormon are true and prays with a sincere heart, with real intent having faith in Christ, God will manifest the truth of it through the power of the Holy Ghost. At this particular point of my investigation, I had not read the entire Book of Mormon; nevertheless, I decided to accept this invitation, not only for the purpose of learning for myself if the Book of Mormon was true, but also to learn if the principles of the Latter-day Saint faith I had studied were true. The answer came with a powerful feeling accompanied by very clear thoughts, leaving no doubt in my mind the thoughts were not my own and the feelings I felt were from God. After my eighteenth birthday I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

While I was attending college, I met a man who is a Latter-day Saint and we became friends. Soon the friendship grew into love and we married in one of the Latter-day Saint temples. In time, children came and my husband and I raised our children in the Latter-day Saint faith. I have found as I try to use the gospel of Jesus Christ as a standard by which to guide me in all that I do, and pray sincerely, I receive the inspiration, comfort and strength I need. There have been several instances in my daily life where I have been inspired as to what I should do. In many trying times, I have been comforted and sustained. When I have made mistakes, through prayer, I have received the courage to make amends and make the necessary changes. As a member of the Latter-day Saint church, I have had numerous opportunities to accept invitations to serve others in various ways such as teaching children and adults, as a lay officer in the women’s auxiliary, and serving with my husband on a church service mission in employment. I currentlhy assist the president of the local women's auxiliary in coordinating service to women within the boundaries of the local Latter-day Saint Chruch. The service need may come as a result of a death in the family, sickness, accident, or a variety of other circumstances in which assistance is needed.