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Hi I'm Barb

I grew up in Kansas. I'm a military wife and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom of 4 and a grandmother to 4 as well. Our family has moved 14 times in 30 years. The life of a military family was not what I pictured myself doing when I was younger but I am thankful for the opportunities it has brought to me and to my children. We have lived in many parts of the country and in two places overseas. We have learned that there are great people everywhere! It has been wonderful to make friends in each place and it has always been difficult to leave when it is time to move. Our children have learned to make friends in many kinds of situations. They have learned to be tolerant of the differences in cultures and customs not just in foreign countries but in different regions of the United States. My life has revolved mostly around my family. I have been a stay at home mom for most of my marriage but have worked in public schools for about 9 years. I love to read a good book. I love to sew quilts and I love to plant flowers. I think the quilting and the flowers are related. To see something beautiful start from something as small as a seed or a scrap of fabric is gratifying.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church but that is not the only reason I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For those of us who have been raised in the faith, there is a time when we have to decide do we really believe or not. For me it was not a particular event that made me make that decision. It was more of an evaluation of where my live had been, where it was and where I wanted it to be. As a young person I was not rebellious. My dad had died when I was 15 and I certainly didn't want to cause any trouble for my mother. I could see the happy life and marriage that they had had. I also had been taught and believed that just because my father had died didn't mean I would never see him again or that he and my mother would not be together forever. The gospel of Jesus Christ taught me those things and they have been a comfort to me in the many years since then. As I have lived the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ I have received the blessings promised for obedience. I have prayed to know how the Lord wants me to live and my prayers have been answered. I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it is true and I have a testimony, from the Holy Ghost that it is. I know that we have been blessed to have the gospel restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith and we have a living prophet today. And last but not least, I know that Jesus Christ is my savior. He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane and died on the cross and was resurrected the 3rd day. He is the son of God. I know that our Father in Heaven loves each of his children and wants to bless us abundantly.

How I live my faith

I am blessed by the opportunities I have had to give service in the church. I've had many different kinds of opportunities from teaching an early morning scripture study class for high school students to helping in the nursery for toddlers. I currently work with the teen aged girls in our congregation. These girls are aged 12-18. I love them and love being with them. We have time for lessons each Sunday and then have an activity of some kind on a weeknight each week. Our weeknight activities can be anything from learning a skill like cooking or sewing to learning how to do genealogy or write a personal history. Sometimes the activity is just to get together and get to know each other a little better. I work specifically with the girls who are 16 and older. These girls have so many challenges in the world today. They have to make decisions every day about the kind of person they are going to be. Will they be someone who chooses to keep their language clean? Will they be someone who dresses modestly? Will they avoid degrading media--songs, movies, video, etc.? I hope that through the things they learn and the examples set by their parents and leaders we can help those choices be easier to make. I hope they will see the blessings that come to daughters of our Father in Heaven who follow his commandments and will live in a way that will bring them the most happiness.