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Hi I'm Barbara

I grew up in the Midwest. I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have six children, all grown, and four grandchildren. I'm privileged to care for some of my grandchildren every weekday, and help as needed on weekends. Having been an only child myself, I really enjoy having a large family, in spite of the sometimes-chaos! As a career military wife, I lived in many places, and now enjoy being permanently settled in one. I enjoy reading, writing, history, researching my family history, the result, if not the process, of canning and drying the fruits and vegetables from our yard, sewing, playing board games--and I have a ham radio license that I really should learn how to use! I'm one of those who still reads a paper copy of the newspaper every day. I believe it's important to keep up with and understand in depth the issues in my community, country, and the world. Few things are as simple as they might appear on the surface. I've voted in almost every election since I was old enough. I have a degree in anthropology.

Why I am a Mormon

My last summer before college graduation I decided that "truth", whatever it was, really did exist, that it could be found, and that I was going to find it. A month later, two Mormon missionaries knocked on my door. I invited them to come back in a week and went to the library for anti-Mormon literature. The next week they could barely teach as I kept bringing up anti-Mormon stuff. They finally very politely said they felt their time would be better spent elsewhere; I, in turn, felt I hadn't been fair to at least give them their say, and persuaded them to stay. Over the course of several months, several different missionaries, prayer, study, and pondering, I learned for myself that the "truth" I was seeking was the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that the Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, and this Church that embraced both, were true. The final piece came as I came to a verse in the Book of Mormon about the love of God, and it was exactly what I had been thinking about for awhile; I have always described it as like being hit by a brick--very sudden and almost a physical sensation. I have learned that the Lord always gives us answers to humble, honest prayer, sometimes suddenly, sometimes line upon line, and always when and how we, individually, are best able to recognize and receive them.

How I live my faith

I try to live an honest life. I try to remember that almost everything I say or do or think is a decision, no matter how tiny, moving me toward or away from Jesus Christ. I try to remember that when lots of those tiny things are combined, I've got some real distance traveled, and I want it to be in the right direction. Families are a basic unit of the Church, so having a good family life built on the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ is an ongoing piece of work. That's also why family history is important to me, because my ancestors are part of my extended family, too, and I want to know about them, just like I want my posterity to know about me. I've served in many callings in this Church, most recently as a librarian, as someone who helps others with their family history, and I visit some other women in my congregation each month to bring a gospel thought and check on their welfare. I try very hard not to backbite or gossip, and not jump to conclusions about others' motives or intents. I try to remember that everyone is a son or daughter of our loving Heavenly Father, all of us of infinite worth, and to treat people accordingly.