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Hi I'm Barbara

I grew up in a small town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. After being widowed at age 25 years, I joined the LDS church.

About Me

I am a single mom and expecting my first grandchild. I have a M.A. degree in Elementary Education, and taught kindergarten in Idaho, and second grade in South Mississippi. I later taught in a Community College. I also have an A.A. degree in Music, and taught 6th grade music in Idaho. I enjoy music, doing Genealogy, sewing, crochet, reading, and many other arts and crafts. I am a writer. I am a victim of Hurricane Katrina, and I have written my life's story. I joined the church after the death of my husband when I was 25 years old, and was left to raise my baby daughter. I later lost two babies at or shortly after birth. A few years later, I had a son. I have lived all across America, and am so grateful to have seen the beauty and diversity of this wonderful country. I am also grateful that the privilege can be mine to raise my babies during the thousand years of peace, and that my family can be together forever.

Why I am a Mormon

After the death of my husband, and left to raise a baby alone, I questioned why God commanded us to live in family units if the family was dissolved after death. My religion to that point did not seem to offer much hope. So, I started praying that my Heavenly Father would lead me to know the truth. Almost immediately, I heard a knock on the door and two Mormon Missionaries stood at my door. They told me they had been fasting and praying and felt led to my door. I invited them in, took the discussions, and was baptized a few months later. My life has been full of trauma, and many have asked me how I can stay faithful through so much tribulation. That is exactly how I do remain faithful. I do not know how I could have survived all that I have been through if I hadn't had the church in my life. The church's stand on the eternity of family is what brought me into the church and it is what keeps me there. Family is everything.

How I live my faith

I have now been a member for over 39 years. I have held almost every calling in the church available to women, such as Primary President (Children's organization), Young Women President, Counselor in Relief Society (Women's Organization), have taught the Gospel Doctrine's class; I have been the Ward (Church Congregation) Organist/Pianist, Music Director, Chorister in all organizations, and choir director. I try to live my religion in every aspect of my life by helping others, studying the scriptures daily, being an example of my beliefs. I have served in community activities, and have helped format a program for giving help to victims of disaster in Columbia, Missouri.

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