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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm a Mormon. I am a musician. My grown children are writers. My husband was a Policeman.

About Me

I'm a woman, wife, mom and a grandma. When I was growing up, my friends would see babies and exclaim with delight. I wasn't that girl. I wanted to graduate from college and become a writer or even better, a drummer in a band! I still love the same things that I loved when I was 13: Music, sports and the great outdoors, but I have added children and grandchildren to that list. They are at the top of that list.

Why I am a Mormon

Recently we had a family meeting with my mother and father, my two younger sisters and myself. We were discussing the changes that may come our way, as my parents are in their 80's, although still very independent. As we finished up with the business of the evening, and pizza, my father bore his testimony of the Savior and of the divinity of the sacramental prayers we hear each week in our sacrament meetings. I told him that his testimony, one that he lived, but also talked about frequently during my youth and now in his older years, is what lit the fire of my testimony. I was 14 years old and at a girl's camp when I remember first feeling the Holy Ghost, as I stood to bear my testimony to the other young women and our adult leaders. I have served in the organizations in the Mormon church, in both my local congregation, and our larger congregations which we call "Stakes." I have grown to love the youth of the church a LOT. I have developed close friendships with the women I've served with in these women's organizations. I have worked closely with the men who lead and guide the church and serve us. In 40 years of serving together with the Priesthood men in the church I have always been treated as an equal. I have counseled together with them, I have listened to them and followed their wise counsel, and they have always listened intently to me as we reason together, follow through, and get to work and support each other and link arms to try to do what is right.

How I live my faith

The Mormon church provides its members opportunities to study, learn and serve. Sometimes I'm over-scheduled or exhausted and can't attend everything, and we are not expected to be superwomen. But every time I make the extra effort to be where I should be, and have a heart to hear, I am so glad I'm there. I feel nourished and strengthened. I have sincerely asked the Lord to confirm that the Book of Mormon is true. I have doubted. I have walked in faith. I have felt the warm, spiritual confirmation from the Holy Ghost that it is true, and those feelings often come when I least expect it. I am grateful for my testimony. There is an old song that says "I have a testimony, sacred and dear to me." That says it all for me personally. It takes great mental, spiritual, emotional and physical energy to learn, experiment, feel and decide spiritual matters but in my experience it's worth the effort. I try to pray every morning and every evening and read the scriptures every day. I am studying the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. I try to listen with wisdom since I am now a grandmother of 16 and my grown children are on their own and living their own lives and I am sometimes able to just listen to them and hope I can be helpful to them. I am trying again, to treasure up things in my heart and not to be too quick to say the first thing that pops in my head! I try to remember to be kind, because everyone is fighting some kind of battle.