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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm a Mormon. I joined the church when I was a young married woman.

About Me

I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I have lived a good life, first as a weather technician in the Air Force, then as a military wife raising four great kids. Now we are retired and spend summers visiting the scattered families. I have always liked to travel around our great country and enjoy seeing God's beautiful handiwork. Reading is a favorite pastime as well as solving word puzzles. I have worked in some of our family history centers and spend time on genealogy as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I always knew I wanted to raise my children united with my husband in taking them to church and practicing in our home the values taught there. We had been married four years when we were expecting our first child and being united in a faith became a priority. Visiting the protestant church of my youth, we witnessed an infant baptism and an overwhelming feeling came over me that this was not a proper ordinance. We were left to explore churches which practice what we in the LDS church refer to as baptizing at the "age of accountability". I had already been seeking something in a church while single in the Air Force and had gone with different friends to their services but nothing felt "special" enough to make a commitment to. It took many sets of missionaries, questions, pondering over my thoughts, and prayers to eventually know that the Mormon church was a restored church from that church that the Savior established when here in mortality.

How I live my faith

Everyone in the Mormon church is fair game to be asked to participate by commiting to a "calling". I have served in the children's, youth and adult organizations over the years and always at first felt inadequate to perform the duties asked of me. One reason that I know the church is inspired is the help I have gotten from Our Heavenly Father in these assignments. There is a great feeling when you know you are not doing this work by your own skills alone. The help we receive when we are going through trials is another way I know that the Lord loves me and is watching over me. I am a fifteen year breast cancer survivor. It was at stage three just nine months after I had gotten a "clean" mammogram. Prayers from my congregation and others of my faith as well sustained and strengthened me. The power of priesthood blessings were also very real to me. One of the biggest blessings of living the principles of this church is to see your children grow up as good citizens in their communities, good examples to those around them of honest, hard working and caring people. The principles learned in this church strengthen families and give us the determination to work hard at keeping our families together through all the trials that come with family life.