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Hi I'm Babs

I watch television for a living. I play tennis for fun. I am grateful that families can be together forever. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 12 years-old, I had a brown children's Bible that I read from cover to cover. I wanted to know my Heavenly Father more and find out how I could serve Him. I would attend any church I could get to on my bike, but it was not until the missionaries knocked on my door years later that I had all my questions about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ answered. That was more than 30 years ago, but the happy and fulfilled woman I am today began with that first conversation about God's plan of salvation for me -- His daughter. As a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have enjoyed a purposeful and joyful life. I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I try to stay mentally active by reading -- I love history for non-fiction and Jane Austen for fun. I love to study the scriptures! I stay physically active by playing tennis, hiking and going to the gym -- that's to balance all the baked goods that I love to make and eat. I live in the South, so it is mandatory to make a mean peach cobbler; and I do! I actually do watch TV all day and I get paid for it. I have worked in public television for more than 30 years. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my family -- Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because we all get together for a reunion each year. It is a wonderful time to count our blessings! Eternal families is an important Church doctrine for me. I cannot imagine eternal life without having my family at my side.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I studied the Bible and developed a list of questions -- things that did not make sense to me like "Why would God send so many prophets in ancient days and abandon us in a modern world where we need their guidance so much?" and "Why would I have a family on earth and not be with them after this life?" The missionaries were able to answer these two, and many other questions of mine, on my front doorstep the first time I met them. Shortly after my conversion, I attended a large meeting of youth where we were going to hear the then prophet, Spencer W. Kimball, speak to us. We filled a basketball arena -- you can imagine the chatter! Suddenly, 20,000 teenagers stopped talking, stood up and started to sing, "We Thank Thee O God For A Prophet." I had never seen nor heard anything like it -- my eyes filled with tears and the Spirit testified to me that this was Heavenly Father's prophet on earth. I have been blessed with many such moments -- though usually on a smaller scale :) I have read and prayed about The Book of Mormon and received a witness; I have followed the commandments and been blessed; I have seen miracles in my own life and in others and I know that this is God's church on the earth. My Mother, who is not a member of our faith, always says, "You were meant to be a Mormon." I am so grateful that he sent missionaries to my door. My life has been blessed because of those two young men and the hundreds of teachers and friends that have helped me along the way. I was meant to be a Mormon -- maybe you are, too!

How I live my faith

I love being involved with the youth in our Church -- they are so inspiring! I get to help plan things like an annual camp for our teenage girls and teach lessons about the standards set by the Church. Helping them see their divine nature is a blessing in my life. It is miraculous to see our young men and young women embrace the teachings of our prophets and treat their bodies like a gift from God and choose virtue over the things of the world. From a very young age, they are taught who they really are and what their Heavenly Father expects from them. As they follow the guidelines and commandments, not only are they blessed, but they set the most amazing example. One of my favorite songs that we teach our children is called, "I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus." I strive daily to follow the example set by the Savior, as well. Visiting with the other women at church has brought me a wealth of friends -- I love to serve with them. It feels wonderful to be involved in good works, with good people. To me, being a member of Christ's Church means doing something every day -- not just attending services on Sunday. I guess it is a good thing that I feel this way, because there is always something to do in our Church! One of my favorite things about being a Mormon is being able to attend our Temple services. Our Temples are different from our regular buildings -- they are truly Houses of the Lord. Within them we feel the Spirit of the Lord very strongly and make sacred promises that can bless our lives -- it is a place of joy and peace. We get to see glimpses of eternity there! In the daily hustle and bustle of life I need this reminder of who I really am and I cherish my time in the Temple!