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Hi I'm Barbie Jones

I am a world traveler, a musical theatre lover and an avid reader. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Germany to an unwed teenage mother. She gave me the best life she could by allowing my American parents to adopt me. My Dad was in the Army and I spent most of my young childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas where my Dad was stationed at the Naval Air Station. As a teenager I had the opportunity to travel/live in such places as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Iran. This gave me a great respect for our global community and a love of cultural diversity..

Why I am a Mormon

I was always an inquisitive child. When I was 13 years old my parents and I moved to Tehran, Iran for my Dad's job. There in Iran I began to ask questions about the nature of God. I became frustrated because I wasn't able to find satisfactory answers to my questions. I was admonished that I should not expect to understand the great mystery and power of God and that I would simply have to accept by faith that which I could not understand. Soon afterward I stumbled upon a Book of Mormon in a second hand bookstore in Tehran. I was intrigued. I purchased the book for 35 cents. As I began reading I was surprised to discover it was filled with testimony of Jesus being the Messiah. The book piqued my curiosity. I wanted to know more. I did some research and I read about the boy Joseph Smith. Joseph's explanation of the nature of God rang true in my heart. I finally had every one of the answers I had been searching for! Life hasn't always been easy since becoming a Mormon, but having the gospel has brought me peace and comfort during the storms. Grace takes me with all my weaknesses and lifts me up to be able to do things I never would have been able to do on my own. It is the most amazing thing!

How I live my faith

I live my faith rather simply, actually. I live it day by day by tapping into the flow of grace that God gives me that makes it possible for me to do God's will that day. Grace gives me the strength and ability to better serve my fellow man. Living my faith makes me a better person than I could ever be on my own merits. It also gives me a contentment and serenity I have never found anywhere else.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Barbie Jones
Mormons believe that it is through the gift of Grace that we are saved. As much as we mortal humans may try to perfect ourselves with our own willpower and strength we will always fall short. Simply put, none of us can "work" our way to heaven and be reconciled to God because of our sins separate us from God. It is only through the power of grace that we are "perfected" and it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that we can be saved. We believe it is through a LIVING faith in Christ that we are reconciled to God and saved. The fruits of our living faith includes good works and discipleship. Good works stem from the power of grace and come from a living faith. For Mormons belief and faith in Jesus is essential for salvation. We believe faith without works is dead and works without faith is likewise dead. As we grow in our faith it becomes a vibrant living faith that allows us to glorify God through the way His grace transforms our lives. Our hearts are changed. We no longer desire to do selfish acts and instead we glorify God as we tap into the power of his grace which gives us the strength to be able to perform good deeds, to be willing to follow his commandments, have righteous desires and be filled with an all consuming love for our fellow man. Show more Show less