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Hi I'm Barbara.

I'm a stay-at-home-mom and a mountain biker. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom and sister. I love to mountain bike and read... but not together. I love playing soccer. I have a degree in math and physics. I have Season Affect Disorder and Anxiety that is controlled with medication. I love people and have never doubted that God that loves me. Oh, and my husband has just reminded me that I'm a wife too. Oh yeah.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I have had experiences where I have felt God's love and presence in my life, I think I'm a Mormon mostly because it makes sense. The LDS church answers so many questions. It is consistent with character of God and makes no changes for what is popular in the world. My study of math and physics has just strengthened my testimony of God.

How I live my faith

I reach scriptures and pray most days, but I seek opportunities to serve others. Some days are better than others, but I hope that if someone accuses me of being Mormon that there would be enough evidence to convict me. Currently, I am a den leader for the cub scouts. The LDS church uses the BSA program to teach leadership to its young men. When they ask me to do something else, I will do it.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

When someone is baptized, basically they are making a promise to keep the 10 commandments. In a sense, the ten commandments are all "rules" you can see. You can see if I steal or kill someone. When one goes to the temple for the first time, you are actually make another set of promises. This set of promises are more internal such as selflessness and charity. I would say that they are a "higher" level of promises. So, just like it wouldn't make sense to put someone in calculus until they have a grasp of algebra, it doesn't make sense to let someone go to the temple to make more promises if they are having a hard time with the ones they made at baptism. Everyone can go to the temple. And everyone can take a calculus class... You just to make sure that you are ready. Nothing in the temple is secret. It is just sacred to us. We only talk about the temple in the temple. This keeps those things from being common. Show more Show less