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Hi I'm Barbara Morrell Higinbotham

I am a supportive wife, mother, and friend. I run marathons, tell stories at the library, help in my kids' schools.

About Me

I am a wife and mother and serve in the community where I can, such as our local library where I tell stories, and the schools my children attend. I graduated from Ricks College and Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education. I taught school for four years and then quit to raise my family. I am busily involved in the lives of my husband and children. I enjoy cooking, sewing, running marathons and doing other forms of exercise, I play the piano, accordion, and organ and love to share my talents. I enjoy baking bread and have been known to make over 60 small loaves at a time for Teacher Appreciation Week at the elementary school or junior high! I love music and am often attending a concert that one of my children are involved with through piano lessons, band, or choir. I enjoy drama and play acting and have directed a play a few times at a local community theater. I speak Spanish, having served a mission for our church in the Dominican Republic from 1983 to 1985. I love to read, especially historical fiction books that help me understand the lives of those who have gone on before me and helped me to become who I am now. I am the local President of an international organization that studies the lives of those who settled our state. I have a wonderful, loving husband, outstanding children, and I love being a mother and a wife. I keep busy every day, but I enjoy being busy doing the things that I love.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and have always been very active in the Church. When I was young, I went because my parents took me. When I got older, I wanted to be sure that I went because I had a testimony, and not because I was leaning on the testimonies of my wonderful parents. I spent many hours in prayer, studying the scriptures, and asking the Lord if the church was true. The answer came to me as a confirmation of the Spirit, that the church was indeed true, the Gospel of Jesus Christ restored through the prophet, Joseph Smith. I know, with ALL my heart, that the Gospel is true. I know that, after Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected and all his apostles died, the Gospel as He had established it was no longer on the earth. He would need to return and restore it. I know that, on a spring day in 1820, God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to a fourteen-year-old boy, Joseph Smith, who sincerely prayed and asked which church he should join. Jesus Christ told him that he should join none of them and that, through him, Christ's true Gospel would be restored to the earth. I know that Joseph Smith truly did see God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ and that the true Gospel was restored through him. We revere Joseph Smith as a true prophet, but we worship God the Father and Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and is the word of God. I have read it many, many times and my testimony continues to grow. I know that we are led today by a true prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I know that he speaks for God, just as the ancient prophets did. I know that Jesus is the Christ and is our Savior, Redeemer, our Lord, and our God. I know that He atoned for us and that, through His Atonement, we can all return to His presence and live forever with our families. I know that, through Him, we can overcome all things and experience everlasting joy. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I work in my ward (local congregation) as a substitute Primary (the organization for children in our church) teacher. Almost every Sunday I am teaching a class that can range from age 18 months to 12 years. Sometimes I lead the music or play the piano. I also play the organ for our main meeting where we all meet together and partake of the Sacrament. About twice a year, our congregation has the opportunity to serve a local assisted living center and provide church meetings on Sunday, as well as a meeting for the women on Thursdays. I have the privilege of coordinating the music, prayers, and lessons for the Thursday meetings and love those people who have done so much for us in their lifetimes! I also visit three women from our congregation every month. Two of them speak English, and the other speaks Spanish. Since I speak Spanish as well, I am able to communicate with her and enjoy the friendships that I have made. I love to serve in the church, and try to also be pleasant to those around me and to make it a place where others feel the love of our Savior. It is important to me to be the person on the inside that I appear to be on the outside. For this reason, every day I pray, study the scriptures, and try to be a Christian in my interactions with others. I truly desire to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ, and see and love others in the charitable and completely forgiving way that He does.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Barbara Morrell Higinbotham
We love people of all faiths. In our individual congregations, we strive to help all of our neighbors, and not just those of our faith. Job training through Deseret Industries is available to members as well as non-members. When there is a disaster somewhere, our church is the first on the scene to offer aid. We love all of God's children and desire to include all of them! Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Barbara Morrell Higinbotham
Our main worship service is Sacrament Meeting. Of primary importance is the partaking of the emblems of the Sacrament. Young men bless and pass the bread and water to the members of the congregation. Music, talks, and prayers bring the spirit into our meetings and enhance the partaking of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. We have Sunday School where we learn from the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, and Church History. Sometimes classes on family relations or genealogy will be taught. We have Primary for the children ages 18 months to 12 years old and Young Men and Young Women's programs for ages 12-18. As the signs outside our buildings say, visitors are welcome and we are always happy to have those who are visiting or who are not of our faith to join in all our meetings! Show more Show less