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Hi I'm Barbara

Hi! I am a Mormon. I grew up in Southern California with an adopted sister and brother

About Me

When I was 11 years old, missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, knocked on our door. They taught me the lessons and I gained my testimony through study and prayer. I clearly remember what life was like prior to becoming a member of the Church, there seemed to be a lack of focus and purpose in our lives. Following the missionary lessons I was baptized, and my Father was baptized one month after I was. Where I went to high school, there was only one other member of our Church. I was active in student government. Following high school I went to college at Brigham Young University where I met my husband. We were married in the Los Angeles Temple. We have 5 children, 19 grandchildren. For most of my married life I was a stay at home Mom, although when our children were grown I worked as a office manager in a swimming pool resurfacing company. My husband and I both really enjoying traveling and seeing new places, as well as spending time with our family. We have children that live in different states and we travel to visit them regularly.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon is a great blessing in my life. I have had a testimony since I was 11 years old. Of course I didn't understand every aspect of the Gospel at that time, but I did receive an answer to my prayer. I continue to learn and understand a little more each day. It gives me an iron rod to hold on to as we go through these sometimes challenging waters of life. Our God does not change, nor does what He expects from us change. I always know what I need to be doing and how I should be living, as well as how I should treat others. I know that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior. That He went into the Garden of Gethsemane and took upon Himself my sins, my pains and sufferings. He died on the cross for each of us, and I also know that He rose from the tomb on the 3rd morning and because of that I too will be resurrected. My desire is to follow His example, although I fall far short. I know that we have a Prophet living on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. The Lord speaks to him just as He did to the prophets in days of old. I know where I came from before my birth and I know where I am going after I die. I know that my family will be together for eternity if we choose to live our lives in accordance with His teachings and do those things that are required. I love the Book of Mormon and all of the teachings contained therein. It is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. I love the Gospel and am so grateful for all of the tools we have to draw close to Him.

How I live my faith

I have been involved in service in my Church for many years. Teaching children, youth and adults has certainly been a part of that service. Although standing before a congregation and giving a talk is not my favorite thing to do, there have been many opportunities to do so. One of the most enjoyable things to do is to visit people who live in our geographic area and make friends with them and try to be of help to them. Another opportunity that I was able to take advantage of, was planning and organizing a special musical play for the women in our geographic area. It was great to have woman in our area be able to sing and share their talents. There was scenery built, lights, food and lots of visiting and sharing in the moment. Being a good neighbor and trying to follow the example of Christ is a major goal for me. Being a good citizen, striving to know and understand issues and candidates is another aspect of living my faith. I feel extremely blessed to be able to vote and have a small say on issues that matter to me and my family.