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Hi I'm Denise Carroll Barber

I love to collect inspirational quotes. I have had 3 careers, mother, teacher, Peer Mentor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Phoenix, AZ, the daughter of pioneers, both Mormon pioneers from my mother's side, and AZ pioneers on my father's side. I love music...singing and playing the piano. My first career was as mother to my 3 children. My second career was as a 2nd grade teacher. My 3rd career, at present, is as a Peer Mentor for Health Services. I collect inspirational quotes and sayings. A favorite is "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why we call it the present". I love to learn and consider myself a lifetime learner. I also love to share what I have learned with others. I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1967 at the age of 10. I have been active most of my life, except for a period of 7 years, when I was in my second marriage with a non-member. I have been married and divorced twice. Since my separation and then divorce from my second husband, I have returned to church activity and my testimony is stronger than ever. I live with my sister and am grateful for my wonderful family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first and foremost by choice. I am a daughter of Mormon pioneers, yet my mother was not active and my father was a non-member until I was 10. I spent some time in California with cousins one summer, and one of my cousins was baptized at age 8. When I returned home, I told my mother I wanted to be baptized. Soon after, I was baptized by an uncle. As we became active, my father then joined the church. In 1968 we were sealed as a family in the Mesa, AZ temple. I will forever be grateful for that. I have had a great deal of challenge in the past 10 years. First of all, my 25 year marriage, to the father of my children, ended in such a way that I was severely betrayed. He remarried in the temple, and this was a time of crisis of faith for me. I remarried within 2 years to a non-member and stopped attending church. While I was not active, I still received Home and Visiting Teachers, who were very faithful and loving. In 2011, my second husband and I separated, and then divorced. I moved in with my sister, who was and is active in the Church, and returning to church was a natural thing to do. Since returning after my period of inactivity, I have sought to become closer to God and live as God would have me live, always looking and listening to know His will for me. Daily I seek to know His will for me, and ask Him for the power and ability to carry it out. It is my testimony that I am the spirit daughter of a Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father is all knowing and all powerful. I know that He knows me and cares for me and that He watches over me always. I have read the Book or Mormon and prayed for knowledge of its truth. I have received a testimony of this book, feeling a very powerful burning within my chest. I believe that burning to be the way the Lord's spirit communicates to me. I live my faith by trying to be the best person I can be each day, trying to be a little better today than I was yesterday.

How I live my faith

I love my current ward, and have lived in 13 different wards in my adult life. I serve as the chorister for Relief Society, which is the Church organization for women. I also serve as a visiting teacher to 3 wonderful women and my companion is a dear friend. We try to visit them monthly and frequently will all meet at a favorite spot for breakfast on a Saturday. I am trying to live in such a manner that all who are within my circle of influence will recognize me as a follower of Christ. I read from the scriptures daily and spend time in meditation and prayer in order to keep up a close relationship with my Heavenly Father. I look for the good in others as well as opportunities to serve them.