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Hi I'm Barbara

I am a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I work full time as a registered nurse; and yes, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah . . . in a loving, but very sheltered Latter-Day-Saint home. However, I still had questions about my faith that I needed to have answered. I had read parts of the Book of Mormon, but never all the way through and never with real intent. My parents moved our family to Pennsylvania when I was a teenager. While attending High School in PA, I was placed in a position where I had to defend my faith on a daily basis. I decided to re-read the Book of Mormon to find out for myself if what I had been taught was really true. I prayed to God and received a witness that I know could only have come from Him. I will never forget it. I was sitting on my bed, thinking about the things that I had read. Suddenly I had a feeling come over me of great joy. It felt like my heart was on fire. I knew that what I was feeling was a manifestation of the Holy Spirit witnessing to me that what I had read was true. The promise found in the last chapter of the Book of Mormon is true . . . if you will study this book, with real intent and ask God, God will make it known unto you by the feelings in your heart. I was 17 years old when this happened to me. Now I am in my mid-50's, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I have felt the Spirit many times in my life, but I will never forget that day when as a young 17 year old girl I had a witness from God that told me He had heard my prayer.

Why I am a Mormon

The Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed my life in so many ways. I know that we are all God's children and he loves us and knows each of us by name. I am a Mormon because I have received a personal witness that this is the true church of Jesus Christ restored here on this earth. It is set-up with authority from Him. I am grateful for a living prophet and 12 apostles to lead us and guide us in these troubled times. The holy scriptures, including the King James version of the Bible and the Book of Mormon give us a blueprint on how to live our lives with integrity and faith. They are each a witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ and His mission here on this earth. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can repent of our mistakes and be forgiven. I am a Mormon and I try and live my faith each and every day.

How I live my faith

Each Sunday I teach little children ages 3 and 4. Our lessons are simple like learning how to pray, or being grateful for our families. I love teaching these precious little children because they have so much innocence and love. After each lesson, we have a big "group hug" where all the children dog-pile on me laughing and hugging. I realize that I have one of the most important callings in our church - that of teaching these precious little ones about our Savior. During the week, my husband and I have made it a priority to visit the temple. Here we do important work for those who have passed away without having the opportunity of hearing the gospel. The temple is a place of worship, a place of instruction, a place of peace and of prayer. Attending the temple weekly has blessed my life in so many ways. By devoting this time to God, I love my family more. I'm a better wife, a better neighbor, a better friend to others. I'm a more dedicated employee in my work at the hospital. I care for my patients with more love and empathy than ever before. Living the gospel has made me a better person in every aspect of my life.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Barbara
The Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ in addition to the Bible. Both books are inspired and contain the writings of holy prophets. The Book of Mormon contains a history of the people who lived on the American continent, the Nephites and the Lamanites. God called prophets from among these ancient inhabitants. Their words, written on gold plates, were abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon. The Bible records Jesus Christ's ministry and the organization of His church with 12 apostles. The Book of Mormon records the personal visit of Jesus Christ to the Nephites soon after His resurrection. Like the Bible, this event records the ministry of Jesus Christ and the organization of His Church here on the American continent and it teaches us what we must do to gain peace and happiness in this life. In September 1823, Joseph Smith was visited by a heavenly messenger named Moroni - the last of these ancient prophets to keep the record. The Angel Moroni informed Joseph that God had a work for him to do. Moroni told Joseph that a record of the ancient inhabitants of the American continent was buried in a nearby hill and that the record contained the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith translated the record into English by the inspiration of God. The Book of Mormon verifies and supports the Bible. It is a second witness of Christ. It is the stick of Ephraim spoken of in the Old Testament (see Ezekial 37: 15-17) Show more Show less