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Hi I'm Barbara Astle

I was raised in California. I love to quilt. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 52 years. We have five children and 14 grandchildren. I earned an Associate in Arts degree in medical assisting and worked briefly in the medical field. I was a stay-home mom while my children were growing up but worked as a registrar in a high school after the last one left home. Since retiring, I've been able to pursue a lilfelong interest in making quilts. Over the last three or four years I've learned a great deal about designing and piecing quilts. Seems like I learn something new with each quilt I make, and those I make today are much better than my early quilts. I do not like to 'quilt" the quilts, and fortunately my husband decided three yeears ago that he would like to learn to do longarm quilting. So now that I have a resident longarm quilter I can make all the quilt tops I want and never have to quilt them! Since he became interested in quilting too, we've shared a number of quilting adventures, and we both enjoy very much sharing a common hobby. Our family, friends, the Project Linus organization, and Quilts of Valor have been the recipients of the fruits of our labors. In addition, we have a nice collection for ourselves of quilts for various holidays, table toppers, and lap quilts on which our two cats love to curl up as we watch TV in the evenings!

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Mormon Church when I was dating my husband in high school. I accompanied him to various meetings and was very impressed by what I saw and heard. I was especially impressed by the self assurance of young children as they prepared and presented talks in the meetings. About a year after our marriage, we requested that missionaries come to our home and teach me about the Gospel. The first lession was about The Godhead, consisting of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as three distinct personages. This made so much more sense to me than the common concept of a God that could "be everywhere," yet "nowhere" and could dwell in a tree or a flower or a bird, etc. In other words, there was no God as a person but only as an intangible essence. With each successive lesson, I became more convinced that I was hearing the truth, and that the Church as organized by Jesus Christ had indeed been restored to the earth through Joseph Smith. My testimony has grown over the years as I have experienced the Gospel in action. I have had the great privilege and pleasure of serving in all of the various Church auxiliaries, i.e. Primary (for young children up to age 8), Young Women (for those 12 to 18), Sunday School (a class of 15- and 16-year-olds), and especially in Relief Society, the Church organization for women. Most of my Church service has been in Relief Society, which I love with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Humanitarian Specialist for my local Church unit (Ward). My duties include identifying agencies and organizations to which our members may contribute time as well as means. In the past year, we have made and filled Christmas stockings for the USMC Operation Santa project last Christmas, made and sent Valentines to deployed Marines which they could personalize and send to their sweethearts for Valentines Day, made quilts for Project Linus, donated blood to our local blood bank, donated school supplies in the fall for needy families, donated Christmas gifts for needy families, and written Christmas cards and messages to deployed Marines. My husband and I also participate individually in the local chapter of Project Linus. We have sewn, quilted and donated numerous quilts to this wonderful organization over the last several years. Project Linus is a national organization which collects and distributes blankets to children from birth to 18 who are in need of a "blanket hug." They may be be hospitalized, suffering from a serious illness or have a family member who is terminally ill, or they may have suffered a traumatic event, such as being removed from their families and/or placed in foster care. They may be victims of fires, or natural disasters. The blankets are given to service agencies throughout the community, who then distribute them to the children. I love having an excuse to make adorable children's quilts, and Project Linus gives me that opportunity! I have always enjoyed serving others, and this particular assignment, as Humanitarian Specialist, gives me the perfect opportunity to not only serve personally, but to provide opportunities for all of our members to participate in community service as well.

What is the Relief Society?

Barbara Astle
Relief Society gives women in the Church the opportunity to fellowship with one another, serve one another, learn from one another, teach one another, and enjoy the sisterhood that develops through all of these activities. Over the years I have learned so much from Relief Society, everything from how to train my children, how to teach my children to love and serve one another, how to teach them good work habits, to how to make freezer jam, how to sew a dress, how to make bread, how to serve a member who is unable to care for herself or her family because of illness, how to extend compassionate service to those in need, how to serve in the community, how to be a good leader, how to conduct a meeting, how to organize a social function--the list is endless. I LOVE RELIEF SOCIETY! Show more Show less