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Hi I'm Barbara

I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I am a wife, mother, college professor, author and small business owner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have five grown children, and16 grandchildren. Our favorite times are when we can all get together for a potluck and games of ROOK. Fortunately, all of our children and their families live within 25 minutes of us. I am in my 47th year as a college professor in the Business Department. I love teaching. I am an author of seven online courses and we have a small business that sells these courses to schools all over the U.S. For about 20 years we and our extended families used to go camping at Kinder Springs, just north of Payson, AZ. Every year we would look forward to our camping. We always allowed the children to bring friends. In earlier years, we would stay 1-2 weeks in the summer. Now, they still want everyone to go but we can only stay 2-3 days due to work obligations. We also have a home in the mountains and love to go there with whomever of the family that can go. We love our family get togethers so much, my husband and I decided to build the house in the mountains so we could use it, and our sons and daughter could also use it to go there with their friends. It worked! All of our children love being near the rest of the family and have not moved away. We all feel that money isn't everything--family is most important. They all have great families and are happily married, for which my husband and I feel very blessed. Also...with our home in the mountains we don't have to go camping (tents, outdoor privies, smoky campfires, etc.) for 1-2 weeks!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised by good parents that were inactive in the LDS Church. My two older brothers left the church for other denominations. One brother often told me about how bad the Mormons were, it was a cult, and much more. I was slowly leaving the church at a young age. However, my Primary teachers would come and get me if I didn't go to Primary. And when I got to Mutual age, if I didn't go they would come and get me. Once they even held my Mia Maid's class in my living room. I had been baptized into the LDS Church at 8 years old. As I was getting to be 11 and 12-years of age, I wanted to go to church with my brother. My parents forbid it. When I was 14 years of age, I decided to leave the Mormon Church and no one could stop me. But how was I going to leave it and not deal with interested people from church that would want to talk to me? I decided I would beat them at their own game. I had been to church often enough to know that I should read the Book of Mormon and pray to Heavenly Father to know if it was true. I had no problem with that because I knew it wasn't true. So, without telling my parents of my plan, I saved my lunch money and purchased my own Book of Mormon. When I got to one book in it called "Alma", I felt that there were a lot of good things in it, but that doesn't make it "true". There is a lot of deep doctrine in Alma about why it was necessary for Jesus Christ to make the Atonement for us, justice and mercy, and a lot of deep doctrine. Could this be true? I admitted to myself that I didn't know--it could go either way. I really wanted to know. I prayed "Heavenly Father, I've been reading the Book of Mormon and I'm just curious, is it really true???" I received an unmistakeable witness that it was. It changed my life. The great thing about it is that you don't have to take anyone's word for it--you can find out for yourself just like I did! Listen to the missionaries, study, and pray--and you will know too. That's the promise. Try it!

How I live my faith

I love being a Mormon! We all work in the church without pay because we love Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. My Bishop (the "father of our ward") is an Engineer at the Nuclear Power plant, and my former Bishop is a Dentist. My husband and I both give service in our ward (ecclesiastical unit like parish or church). Since the Bishop has a full-time job plus his Bishop duties, the church is organized in such a way that he always knows what is going on and who needs counsel or help from he or his counselors. My husband and I are "home teachers" who have three families we visit each month. A good friend of mine and I are "visiting teachers" who especially visit the wives in the families. We offer help and support when necessary and report to the supervisor who reports to the Bishop if anyone is ill, hospitalized, or having any other problems. I love the restored gospel, especially knowing that I lived before with Heavenly Father and that I have a purpose for being here on earth. I was not an accident. I love Heavenly Father's plan of happiness that includes eternal families. Our family is sealed forever. Since we are going to be together for a longgggggg time, we work to make our marriage happy. I love and know who the Savior is and Heavenly Father. Basic to any religion should be knowing who Jesus Christ is and Heavenly Father. They are not a mystery to me. It makes sense that they are separate individuals. When Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane that the cup of the crucifixion be taken from him, he wasn't talking to himself. When he was on the cross and his words were "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do", he wasn't talking to himself. When he was resurrected and sits on the right hand of the Father, he is not sitting on his own right hand. We are here on earth to learn and grow to be like them. Heavenly Father loves me because I really am his daughter. I intend to think and act like a daughter of God would to make him proud of me.