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Hi I'm Barbara.

I'm a wife, mother, business owner, school bus driver...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for 27 years and have 4 sons, ages 25-14. The oldest is teaching English in S. Korea; the next two are attending community college; and the youngest just started high school. Like many other parents, we've spent many, many hours at little league baseball, football, and soccer practices and games; and yes, let's not forget the Tae Kwon Do sessions and tests. Our life has revolved around our family and church. We've attended high school football games just to watch our son perform in the marching band's half-time show. We've traveled around South Texas to watch another son play with his club soccer team in various cities. We've watched our other son march in parades with the high school ROTC; and at present, we're enjoying our youngest son's freshman football games every Thursday night. Besides raising a family, my husband and I own and run a water filtration business, which keeps us quite busy. My husband is quite the entrepreneur, which always keeps our life interesting... I also drive a school bus shuttle that runs back and forth between the two high schools in our town. I've enjoyed getting to know the students over the past couple years and have been impressed with the youth in our community. Most of them are friendly, polite, and very respectful.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad's family have been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ever since the 1800's. My mom's family joined the church when she was 2 years old; so I was raised in the church also. However, when I went off to college at age 18, I really wanted to know for myself if the religious teachings I had been taught my whole life were really true. I needed an answer to the question, "Was Joseph Smith really a prophet of God?" Everything I had been taught my whole life hinged on that one question. So, I started reading Joseph Smith's personal history and praying to Heavenly Father to let me know whether Joseph was a prophet or not. I studied and prayed for a couple weeks and one day while I was reading Joseph's history, the Holy Spirit testified to me that "Yes, he was a prophet of God." Right then and there when I received this pure knowledge, I knew with my whole soul Joseph Smith was a prophet of God; Jesus Christ's Church had been restored to the earth; the Book of Mormon is the word of God as is the Bible; and all the rest I had learned about God's eternal plan for me and my family was true. This witness of truth that I received that day will ever stay with me. This testimony has given me strength in the Lord. I found out that day that if you "ask, it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

How I live my faith

I try to live the teachings of Jesus Christ; whether it's at home, at work, or in the community. Sometimes I fall short, but don't we all. That's why Christ's atonement is so important. Serving in various callings at church has helped me grow in the gospel. I served a mission in Italy a long time ago, but I continually use things that I learned while on that mission to help me come closer to Christ. I truly learned to serve others while in Italy. I learned that serving others strips us of selfishness and pride; and that by serving others, we come to love them and we become more like Christ. I've worked with the young women of the church in the Youth program, which focuses on helping them understand that they are daughters of God. I've served in the women's organization of the church, teaching classes, helping the needy, and making sure the women and their families are doing o.k. I'm now serving the young children at church by playing the piano for their meetings on Sunday. I also visit several women each month to make sure they're doing o.k. and leave them with a spiritual message to brighten their day. I try to help out where I can; whether it's at home, church, school, or work; and hope that I can be a good example to others. I'm a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and have enjoyed making cookies for and playing Bingo with some of our veterans at one of the Veterans' hospitals. It's nice to be able to help brighten somebody's day...Sometimes it's the little things that people do that mean so much. The main focus, though,in living my faith, would have to be helping my children understand that they are children of God and that He has a plan for them here on earth; and that through the atoning sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ, we can return to live with Him again as an eternal family.