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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm a busy college student who loves collecting pennies, smelling flowers, and reading books. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town, so it's an interesting change to attend a university where my class is the size of my town's population. I love it, though--I love learning all sorts of things, from math to English to religion! Currently I'm a biology major, but that could change. I am the seventh of eight kids, and my sibling are my greatest friends and greatest heroes--and, of course, my competition. :) I served months as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tennessee Nashville Mission, which was perhaps the greatest experience of my life thus far.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon brings me more happiness, peace, and purpose than anything else in my life. I have learned to rely on Jesus Christ--I am able to bring my pains, confusion, hardships, heartaches, guilt, anger, and everything else imaginable to the Savior, and He will take them from me, instead giving me peace, relief, joy, happiness, and purpose! As I've grown older, I've had new things thrown in my face all the time. Without turning to Christ, I'm not sure how I would have been able to handle all of those things. Being a member of His church has shaped every aspect of my life--my beliefs, hopes, and principles, everything! In the past three years I have really begun to notice that I am happier when I am more committed to the church, when I am trying harder to apply its teachings in my life. I LOVE this church--because it's true! I know that Jesus Christ lives and has made it possible for me to have so much happiness not only in this life, but after death, too! I love this knowledge!

How I live my faith

My faith is interwoven in everything I do--I try to live right, pray frequently, give service, and study the scriptures! All my life I have wanted to serve a mission for my church, so as soon as I turned 19, I went on a mission (and was lucky enough to serve in the Tennessee Nashville Mission!). Those 18 months of teaching others about Jesus Christ (or more specifically, teaching them MORE about Christ, since most people in the South were Christians) reinforced my own love for the Savior and His restored Church. Now that my mission is complete, I no longer go door-to-door teaching people. However, I play piano for my church congregation, I participate in the church choir, I visit other girls to give them a life, I am responsible to check up on certain girls to make sure they're alright, and I try to participate in all the service projects our church does. Most importantly, though, I just try to be a little more Christ-like all the time: a little kinder, a little less selfish, a little more devoted to the important things.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Proxy baptisms? It can sound strange if you don't first understand that being baptized is necessary for salvation (see John 3:5). Knowing it's necessary brings up another question, though: what happens to people who didn't have a chance to be baptized? Or weren't baptized by someone with the proper authority? God cares about them, too--that's why Mormons perform proxy baptisms for them! These deceased people can then decide whether or not to accept the baptism done in their behalf. Show more Show less