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Hi I'm Barb

I am a Mormon who has lived most of my life in Casper, Wyoming. I am a widow with two daughters.

About Me

I grew up in Evanston, Wyoming, but have lived most of my adult life in Casper, Wyoming. I have degrees in Elementary Education and Nursing, but have mostly been a stay at home mom. We have two grown daughters, seven grandchildren and now 5 great-grandchildren. Since my daughters have been grown and I stopped working at a Pediatrician's Office, I've spent time volunteering-mainly at the local library fixing books, the family history library, and a local archives doing whatever they needed me to do. I like to read, cook and do family history. I've had many callings in the LDS church including being an early morning seminary teacher. My husband died about two years ago. About 4 months after he died, I found out I had breast cancer, so now I am a cancer survivor. There is nothing I like better than packing my suitcases and I have traveled to all 50 states and many places overseas. I just got home from a trip to Egypt, Jordan and Israel. I just got called to the San Jose, California mission for the LDS Church and I am looking forward to that.

Why I am a Mormon

As I learn more about my LDS faith, my testimony of Christ grows stronger. Personal experiences as well as study seem to only increase my faith. For example, in October 2014 when I was standing on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and thinking about what happened at Gethsemane, I thought of how Christ must have watched the Roman soldiers coming to arrest him and how easy it would have been for him to run over the hill and hide, but yet he loved me enough to go through the trial and Crucifixion. Being there just made the stories I have heard all of my life more real and increased my testimony. I always appreciated the church callings that I have had that forced me to actually study the scriptures (like gospel doctrine teacher or seminary teacher). It seems like most times I am lazy and just do a bare minimum reading rather than learning, digging and finding new information that it takes in those callings.

How I live my faith

For the past seven years or so I have worked with the 14-16 year old young women in our ward. I was supposed to teach them, but I was more often times the one being taught. They have so much faith and I learned so much from them. Before that, I taught early morning seminary to youth 14-18. It is a religion class that is held Monday through Friday during the school year. Again, I learned more than the youth. It took about 2 hours for me to study and prepare for every hour worth of lesson that I taught. My testimony grew as I studied and taught. I have also served in Presidencies in auxiliary organizations of the church. It was there I learned organization and people skills as I served. I have also been a visiting teacher for many years and there haven't been many months in which I haven't contacted the ladies that I am supposed to visit. After my children were raised, I have also volunteered in the community. I have been a Girl Scout Leader, I have volunteered for Hospice. I have fixed books at the community library for many years. I have scanned photos and documents, organized papers that were donated to the archives, typed oral histories of local people and other such jobs for a local archives that is housed in our community college. I have also volunteered at our local family history library. I have played the piano for youth congregations and for our women's society.