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Hi I'm Barbara Jamison

I was born is Austin, TX and have deep Texas roots. I have an amazing family, and am a Mormon by faith.

About Me

As a busy mother of six children, much of my life has centered around my family and family activities. My amazing husband, five daughters and one son, and their families are the great joys of my life. For me, a great love for camping and the outdoors, service to others, and interest in the world at large were developed as a young girl through many years of Girl Scouting adventures, and those activities have continued to be greatly perpetuated in my own family. My passion for cooking and food presentation prompted me to start my own catering business which was extremely fun and creative. I was able to involve my children in this family venture as a stay at home mom. Now, as a senior citizen and grandmother, I find great happiness and contentment in that role as well, and in having the opportunity to pursue many of my other dreams. Volunteer work has allowed me to learn and use Spanish as a second language. My hobbies include water aerobics, entertaining, music, travel, volunteering and most especially spending time with my family. I have overcome my trials with the help of the Lord and with perseverance. One of my other passions is helping people find healthy solutions to life's problems and challenges. I am a forth generation Texan, and a long time convert to the Mormon church.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young child, I was drawn to religion, and learning about God's plan for me. No one in my nuclear or extended family was affiliated with a church, so I sought out friends and neighbors to take me to church with them as young as 5 years old. For all of my childhood and youth, I attended church regularly with anyone who would let me "tag along". I was very actively involved in the Baptist, Lutheran, and Methodist churches at different times, and cherished the many things I learned in each. When I married, I was actively attending the Methodist church, and my husband was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, tho not regularly attending. Because of my experience with several religious affiliations, this didn't seem like a problem to me--I assumed we would go to a church when we had children. After the first baby was born, I felt it time. My husband halfheartedly said he wanted to go to his church, and, since churches and religions were all the same to me, I was happy to go there. The missionaries began to teach me about his religion, and immediately I realized this was something much more profound than my previous religious experiences. I learned where I came from, why I was here, and where I was going after this life; things I had probably heard before, but not with the same clarity and witness to my soul by the Holy Spirit. It was as if a light bulb had been turned on in a dark room. When I learned that I could be sealed (married) to my husband in a Holy Temple, just as in ancient times, by the priesthood of God, for time and eternity and not just till death do us part, I knew with every fiber of my being that of course God's plan for his children would be eternal, and that this was his plan... that families can be together forever. I was overjoyed to know that the same priesthood in the Old and New Testaments was restored to the earth and is a part of the LDS church. The Spirit bore witness that it was true, and I was baptized in 1967.

How I live my faith

Attributes such as obedience, integrity, fidelity, morality, honesty, charity, and tolerance are all major things I strive for in living my religion, and all are part of who I have become as a Mormon. My church provides many opportunities for service and growth, being a lay church where there is no paid clergy, and everyone assists in blessing the lives of those in the congregation. Through this I not only help others, but also develop myself and my personal talents, giving me the opportunity to learn so many new things. I have been privileged to associate with and lead the youth of the church by teaching weekly Sunday lessons, encouraging goal setting and personal progress, planning and executing spiritual seminars and conferences, and chaperoning social activities and dances. The youth participate in many service projects to help in the community and they to learn give back. A highlight of my life has been my involvement with the Young Women's Summer Camp (ages 12-18) over the past thirty years. There I have seen many young lives changed and enriched through this inspired program. Visiting the homes of other women in my congregation to bring a spiritual message and hopefully a ray of sunshine each month is also a rewarding part of my life, and I always take away more than I offer in love and knowledge. In the Women's Auxiliary (Relief Society) I have cherished friendships, and there I learn about becoming a better wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend, and how to reach out and serve others! These opportunities have strengthened my love for my Savior and assisted me in becoming a woman of faith and courage. My husband and I together have nourished struggling congregations along the Mexican border in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, and have served for the last year 18 months at our local LDS Employment Center to help people find jobs. We have also assisted in several LDS temples on a weekly basis. In these ways, I live my faith...by commitment and service.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Barbara Jamison
Mormons are generally a happy and joyful people. "Man is that he might have joy". We believe that it is only through obedience to the laws that Heavenly Father has given us that we will find joy in this life. We are here for a period of our earthly probation, to see if we will to choose good or evil..the good bringing us joy, the evil bringing us misery and pain. Each of us is an agent unto ourselves, and can choose to be happy, by making wise and careful choices based on the principles Christ taught, or to be in bondage to sin by disregarding Christ's teachings. Our families bring us the greatest joy, and are an essential part of our earthly existence. Families can be together forever..that is part of the good news! Our greatest desire is to live with our families in the presence of God and Christ forever. and our good choices determine that outcome. Show more Show less