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Hi I'm Barb

I grew up in Navy towns. I was a Vista Volunteer. I am a nurse. I am a wife, a mom, and grandma. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a mom, and a grandmother. I'm also a nurse. I graduated from a major university with a BS in Nursing and was excited to venture out into the world and use my profession. And I also felt a desire to give service. So I applied to be a Vista Volunteer and was assigned to work in a State Hospital with emotionally disturbed children. I loved that assignment and worked in similar positions once my one year commitment to VISTA was completed. My husband and I were married in December, 1971. We decided right from the start that my "real" job when children came was to stay home to raise them. And within the first 14 years of our marriage, we were blessed with nine beautiful children, four boys and five girls. There were lots of "ups" and lots of "downs", but the ups far exceeded the downs! The time seems like it has zoomed by. Now, all of our children are married and we've been doubly blessed as we now have 29 grandchildren, and more on the way! And, Yes, I'm back to using my Nursing once again. After taking a refresher class in Nursing, I was excited to go back to work, part-time, just to stay current and share the skills and knowledge that I have. My life is full and every day brings exciting challenges.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were never active in the churches in which they were raised. But they wanted my bother and me to have a religious experience. So every Sunday they drove us to church and picked us up at the conclusion of the service. For me, since I didn't know anything different, I just thought that was the way it was supposed to work. But I remember laying in bed at night when I was a young teenager thinking about the family that I would have someday. I had a picture in my head of a lot of little kids running around and having so much fun playing with them. But also in that picture I saw my husband and myself packing them up in the car on Sunday morning and going a to church with them. I remained active in the church of my childhood all the way through college. By this time I had formed a very personal relationship with my Savior and relied on Him to help me in figuring out what I should be doing in life. I knew something was missing...and felt that there was something else out there for me. I started questioning my belief system. What DID I believe in? Why was I here? What did I want in life? But more importantly, what did my Heavenly Father want for me? I remembered the dreams of my youth. I asked my Heavenly Father to help me find the right church. Within months I had the occasion to talk with a co-worker who told me about his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I wanted to know more. He brought me a Book of Mormon one day. I took it home that night and read the Joseph Smith story. I was intrigued. I had to know for myself if it were true. I read that book every night for two months. When I finished I asked my Heavenly Father if it were true. I felt a burning in my chest that was a witness to me of the Holy Ghost answering my prayers. I attended church the first Sunday after finishing reading the Book of Mormon. I met the missionaries that Sunday. Two weeks later I was baptized. That was 41 years ago.

How I live my faith

We are a Church of service. There are so many opportunities to serve others. As a young mother I had many opportunities to work with the youth. I remember that after our twins were born, I was pretty much home-bound most of the time as we also had five other children ages 20 months to nine years of age. The babies were about six weeks old and I was itching to have a church assignment. I had been the President of our women's group and was used to being really busy. But I needed to be at home overseeing a very busy group of young children. The opportunity that came allowed me to do both! Our Cub Scout group needed a Den Leader to work with the 9-year old boys. I was asked to fulfill that assignment! It was a perfect fit. I had the opportunity to work with the "Bears" for the next few years. We had a great time working on advancements, crafts, sporting and fitness events. I was able to stay home with a growing family but still feel I could give service in my church. Over the years I have had many opportunities to grow through service. I have worked with the women and the youth in our Ward on several occasions. My most cherished memories are of the years I was able to work with the young women in our Ward and Stake as I served as Camp Nurse during their summer camp experience. I loved this opportunity to use my nursing. I was camp nurse to all five of my daughters as they went through the six-year Young Women's program in our ward. I have had many opportunities to be involved in school-related activities, as well, serving as PTSO president, room mother, Committee member, and a myriad of other related activities as our children progressed through their academic years. I can't even imagine life without service. Indeed, I believe strongly in the scripture from the Book of Mormon that states: "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." Mosiah 2:17