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Hi I'm Barbra

I'm a native Arizonan, Health Assistant at a Public School and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happy, fun loving, easy to get along with, creative woman, wife, mother, and grandmother. My strong faith in the Lord is forefront in my life. I have been married for 36 years, which by today's attitudes is amazing, right? We have never considered divorce ... murder, but not divorce. Just kidding! After all these years I still love my husband and am look forward to many many more years together. We have 4 remarkable children and 6 and counting darling grandchildren. Playing games and getting hugs and kisses from these 6 darlings are some of my favorite times! I work part time in the Nurse's office at an elementary school and love it! Most of the time I feel like the "mother" of the school. I give lots of tender loving care and wipe lots of tears. I see a lot of bumps, cuts, scrapes, rashes, broken bones, and have even survived a completely awful, but faith promoting experience when a child was hit and killed by a bus on the school grounds. Like I mentioned, I consider myself to be pretty creative. I have sewn dresses, curtains, pillows, and quilts. I adopted my father's creative philosophy that, "I can do just about anything because, no body told me I can't". I love to decorate my home and always seem to have some on going project and some projects that are going on too long. : ) It is important to me to have a clean and mostly organized home. "Everything has a place and everything in its place" has been my motto.

Why I am a Mormon

I have come from a long line of faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many of my ancestors sacrificed so much and were such an example of faith and love for the Lord. I would feel all their sacrifices would be for naught if I did not do all I could to continue on that line of faithfulness. But, you know even though I was born in the church and have this heritage, I needed at some point to decide if I knew the gospel was true for myself. So I am a Mormon because I do believe in and love my Savior Jesus Christ. I did seek out for myself and have had prayers answered. I have wept with joy because of the reaffirming witness of the Spirit that the Christ lives and loves me and is aware of my struggles and my joys. I believe that Jesus came to earth to do His Father’s will. I believe that he came to be the example in all things. I know He came to save us from our sins and willingly chose to suffer inconceivable pains so that He would be able to understand the physical and emotional pains of us all. I believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His restored gospel on the earth today. Being a member is my life. I love my Savior Jesus Christ and striving to follow His teachings is forefront in everything I do. Just as not continuing to be faithful for my ancestors would make their lives for naught, I feel not continuing in faithfulness and love for the Lord would make all He did for me for naught and I am not willing to do that. I am so thankful for the peace, comfort, support, and strength I receive from the Lord and am forever indebted to Him.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith at all times and in all places. One of the things I love about the church is that it brings a sense of unity and belonging. Everyone has a responsibility. These responsibilities are what we term as "callings". In my adult life I have had many callings, most of which have been with the young women, 12 to 18 years of age and the women of the church. I have enjoyed serving in these callings to help women come closer to Christ. In serving them I have been blessed and strengthened. Many people might feel that they don’t need organized religion, but I feel that we are organized in such a way that we can better care for each other. I feel that those who may reject the need for organized religion reject the work of the Lord, who established His Church and its officers in ancient days and who reestablished them in the latter-day. I begin each day with prayer and reading my scriptures. Right now I am again reading the Book of Mormon. I love the Book of Mormon and believe with all my heart that it is true. It does not replace the Bible but is a companion to it; it is a second witness of Christ. By reading the scriptures it helps me know the Lord and what he requires of me. I believe that by doing His will and loving others shows my love for Him. I try always to live my faith and strive to be an example to those around me, and especially to my family. Family is so important to me because I believe families can be eternal. I love to be with my family and having fun together. But most of all I love discussing the gospel. Hearing their testimonies and love for the Lord. I have no greater joy than to know my children walk in truth. However, our family is not perfect. Remember I mentioned that I have four remarkable children? Well two of them have chosen not to live the standards of the gospel. Do I love them any less? No. Do I pray for them? Yes! Sometimes that is all we can do. Living by my faith is who I am!