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Hi I'm Barbara

I grew up in rural Idaho. I am a mother of 5 daughters. I'm a teacher and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love to grow vegetables. Since our daughters were very young we have planted a large garden, weeded it, watered it, admired it, harvested it, and cleaned up the debris in the fall. Fall was always a bit of a melancholy time for me because that is when the garden time was winding down and all the kids, including me headed back to school, no more lazy summer days with my kids. I've always loved the quote by Henry James: “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” To me a garden represents life and also the plot map of a good novel. It has a definite beginning, middle, and end. As our daughters have grown up, headed off the school, and married, we find our own lives winding down. This can also be a melancholy time of life, but I alway think of my favorite vegetable, a big, fat, orange pumpkin. Just looking at a bright pumpkin in the cold days of October and November make me happy. I want my life to be like that. I want to bring happiness to others long after the harvest is over and on into the cold days of winter. You can learn a lot from vegetables.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon obviously because I was raised in a Mormon home and was taught the truths of this gospel by my parents who were also taught by their parents who were also taught by their parents, who were taught by their parents. I am proud that I am a fifth generation Mormon and I still know it is true. To me it is not a difficult thing to believe and have faith. I have always wanted to follow the Savior and I know this is His true church upon the earth today. I don't know how I was so lucky to have all the goodness of this gospel fall into my lap so easily without the struggle to find it like so many people have, but I am grateful that it has. I know God lives and loves each of his children and hopes they will set a course to return to him by following his commandments and reaching out to others as the Savior would.

How I live my faith

I have spent 30 years working with 11 and 12 year old youth as a teacher. I have also spent many years teaching the young women in my church. I always found there is something to love about every child I spent time with.