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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm a teacher of Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, agnostics, and athiests, and I rejoice in our similarities! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of six, five boys and one girl. I am a grandmother of fourteen, with fifteen on the way. I like being around my family, reading, traveling, playing the piano, exercising, and teaching. I teach International students who are trying to improve their English skills so that they can enter the university. It is a wonderful way to learn about other cultures and appreciate the uniqueness and goodness of people from all over the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have always felt a closeness to the Savior, even when I didn't go to church at all. I just had a feeling that He was a special part of my life. I was baptized into the Mormon church when I was eight years old, but I didn't go to church after that. When I was a teenager, I began to pray about going to church. A friend of mine took me to her church, and I enjoyed going with her, but after a while, I wanted to find out more about my own church. I know that Heavenly Father knows me and cares about me because he answered my prayer and helped me go back to church. I have been grateful all the rest of my life for this. Now I know why I am here. I learned the plan of salvation when I was fifteen, and it has guided me through life. It gave me a plan about how to choose a husband, how to raise my children, and how to live my life. I have learned more about Jesus Christ and my relationship with him, and I am very, very happy.

How I live my faith

This church has given me a lot of opportunities to serve. The first service opportunity I received was teaching little children. It was very difficult for me at first, but I learned a lot thanks to wonderful leaders who taught me how to teach and Heavenly Father who continued to answer my prayers through inspiration. I spent several years working with the youth of the church. Sometimes I taught lessons, and other times I helped organize activities for them. I camped with them and I ran a sports program for them. The hardest job I ever had was when I was asked to be a referee for the sports program. I was not gifted in that area. However, Heavenly Father even cares about his weakest referees. I am so grateful for HIs guidance, even in a sports program! Now I work with adult women in the church. I am so grateful to know them. When I first began going back to church, I felt like an outsider. I thought everyone else was sure and confident, and I was the only one who struggled. I have grown to understand that we are all precious daughters of God. We love and serve each other, and none of us is an outsider in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.