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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm from Idaho.I write clean, teen fiction. I am the author of the time-travel adventure series, "Timesnatched," and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home grandmother of 25 who loves to write as a hobby. I also love to delve into family history. I have compiled a book of remembrance on my father's family which includes all the old photographs that I inherited over the years. I used the information in letters from my own grandmother as part of the history. As for creative writing, I am the author of the "Timesnatched" series of clean teen time travel books. I write with the purpose of providing my children and grandchildren with something wholesome and entertaining to read in their spare time. I traveled with my husband for twenty years in the U.S Air Force. Many of my children were born in foreign lands and have experienced many different cultures. A son and daughter were born in the Orient and we have many special memories of that beautiful part of the world. We spent six years living in Europe where twins were born to us. We grew to love the cultures and traditions of those lands. We still have friends in Europe with whom we still communicate after all these years. Finally, our lives have returned to our roots in Idaho. We live in a remote high mountain valley. We weather the harsh winters and revel in the beauty of the short summers. For the past five years, my husband and I have lived for part of the year in Bullhead City, Arizona. He works at the local high school and I spend my sunny Arizona days writing and doing family history.

Why I am a Mormon

I was not raised in a conventional Latter-Day Saint home. My mother was a member of the Church but my father was not. As a result, many of the practices common to the LDS faith were not practiced in my family. I had a happy childhood and attended church occasionally and remember going to the children's meetings (Primary). Those fundamental teachings helped forge my belief system. I can honestly say that at a very early age, I understood right from wrong and could see the things that were missing in my family as I was growing up. When I was a teenager, I began associating with other LDS youth. They took me 'under their wing' and made me feel welcome at church. Also, my maternal grandmother was a strong member of the Church and had a great influence in my gaining a testimony. I married my husband in the Holy Temple of God for time and all eternity, a dream from my childhood that came beautifully true. We committed to live the principles of the Church to the best of our ability and have been blessed with eight children and twenty-five grandchildren. Now, those blessings of living righteous principles are being handed down to the third generation. They know Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world and only through Him can our fondest dreams of eternal life with our loved ones be realized. God lives and has restored His Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith--if by our fruits we shall be known, I testify that they have been borne out in ours.

How I live my faith

The beautiful thing about the Church is that there is something for everyone to do. I was a painfully shy young woman who was petrified at the prospect of doing any kind of public speaking. I literally shook in my shoes when asked to give a talk in a church meeting. However, over the years, I have had the privilege of leading the Church's women's organization on a local level. There were myriad opportunities to organize dinners, symposiums, and social events of all kinds. I conducted meetings, taught lessons, and did demonstrations on everything from homemaking skills to family history research. There are many sub-organizations within the Church which give us ample opportunity to teach the youth. I was privileged to lead the organization for the young women and also the young children of the Church, which required conducting meetings, teaching and reaching out to the less active members. Somewhere along the line, that shy young woman got lost and in her place emerged a woman full of confidence and the ability to effectively lead out. I know of no other organization which gives women the scope of opportunity than does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Each woman in the Church is asked to visit several other women on a monthly basis. At the present time, I visit a woman who suffered a stroke at the age of 42. My visits to her over the past three years have forged a friendship that I treasure. She does not attend church, but it is my privilege to go into her home and bring the best spirit that I can. This duty has become a labor of love and has blessed my life as well as hers. The foundation of living my faith comes from the knowledge I have of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and the way I keep that strong is to read the Scriptures every morning, to pray constantly, and to obey His commandments. I have developed a keen desire to keep on a sure and steady course that would be pleasing to the Lord.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Barbara
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith but, instead, revere him as the man the Lord chose to be his latter-day prophet. Joseph Smith died a martyr in 1844 in Carthage, Illinois; and, because of the great work he accomplished, he is honored for his life's work. We worship God, the Eternal Father and the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Barbara
The Book of Mormon is a compilation of abridged records. The man who abridged the ancient records is the prophet Mormon. Many prophets actually did the writing, including Mormon and his son, Moroni. Joseph Smith did not write the Book of Mormon; he translated it. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Barbara
A law called The Word of Wisdom was given to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1833. Long before modern science identified the detriments of using tobacco, alcohol, and coffee, Joseph Smith received revelations for the benefit of the members of the Church. In my life, living the Word of Wisdom has been a great blessing. Every time I have a medical physical the phyician marvels at my good health. I know the Lord has blessed me with good health partly because of my adherence to these righteous principles. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Barbara
In 1820, the Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that there was a book of ancient origin. Joseph Smith translated this record with divine help and it was published as The Book of Mormon. Naturally, members of the Church were called 'Mormons' because of the title of this book. Mormon was an ancient prophet in the Americas who abridged many records into the volume known as The Book of Mormon. Show more Show less