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Hi I'm Abigail Barlow

I'm passionate about questioning deeply and often. I'm lucky to call my parents my best friends. I'm an Idaho girl. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small Idaho town, raising lambs, floating down the river that runs through our backyard, creating, pretending, and playing with my four beautiful sisters. I am grateful to have had a wonderful childhood and loving parents who I trust more than anything in the world. I am a dancer and feel great appreciation for the gifts of music and a body God has given me. I feel connected with Him and my spirit when I dance. I love being outdoors and worshipping God with his creations that also seem to be worshipping him in their beauty. I love doing hard things. I love people. Their variety and individuality inspires me and brings me joy. I feel everyone should be completely themselves, because the world needs them as they are. I'm still not sure what I want to be when I grow up, but I strive to keep and work towards a vision of who I want to be.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I see what it does to people's lives. I know that living the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the potential to show us our potential. I have seen countless families who live with faith be happier than those who do not. However, I have chosen this specific faith after much thought an questioning because I truly believe that if there is a God, he would have a unified church and there would be ultimate truths. It just makes sense to me that a loving Heavenly Father would direct his children in how to return to live with him, and the way would be the same for all of us, while we all have our unique challenges and blessings. He would reveal himself in our age, not just times of old. The Book of Mormon, as translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith teaches of Christ. It tells of his visit to the ancient people of the Americas. To me, this second witness of the Savior and his resurrection is so comforting and confirming. I have chosen to be a member of this Church because I believe that a fourteen year old boy, Joseph Smith, could not have translated the Book of Mormon without the help of God, who I truly believe he saw and conversed with.

How I live my faith

A great quote says that "The best and most clear indicator that we are progressing spiritually and coming unto Christ is the way we treat other people." I believe this is true. I believe, and my religion teaches that this life and our entire existence is all about relationships, especially family relationships. I think this is so true. What would life be like on a planet all by yourself? Meaningless. Thus, I live my faith by striving to treat people as Jesus Christ would. I try to forgive. I try to sacrifice my time, talents and energy for those who might need love and lifting. I live my faith by trying not to judge or exclude others and make them all feel welcome in my home and heart. To do this, I study the words of the scriptures and my church leaders. I pray daily for help from my Heavenly Father. I know without these things and attending church, it would be much harder to get the spiritual charge I need to love those around me. The first great commandment is to love God and the second is to love thy neighbor as thyself. I first love God by doing the things he asks me, and then he gives me strength to love others, and sometimes even more challenging; the forgiveness to love myself.