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Hi I'm Barbara

I was born in the mid-west. I grew as a Baptist and was always interested in other religions. Now, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Wisconsin the youngest of three daughters. We were members of the Baptist Church. When I was seven, we moved to Kalamzoo, Michigan. After high school graduation I went to college in Kansas and graduated from there with a degree in Elementary Education. I soon moved to Evanston, Wyoming, While there, I was intorduced to the Mormon Church by the children in my classroom. They had amazing sense of values and were wonderful children coming from fantastic, supportive families. There, I met and married my husband in the Salt Lake Temple in 1973. We raised four beautiful daughters. My husband and I were elementary school teachers. He taught for 35 years and I taught for 25 years, Staying at home ten years to raise our children

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because I believe in it's tenets. When I was about 15 and studying the Old Testament my Sunday School class, I said that I thought that there should be prophets on the earth now. My teacher said that there were not. I brought up that same idea for the next two weeks. On the 3rd week she responded with, "There are not and we won't speak of this again." She didn't, but I thought about,I thought about it a lot. Many years later I move to Wyoming and during the process of investigating the church, a respected friend handed me an "Articles of Faith" card and asked me to read it and tell her how many of the articles I believed. I told her that I believed in seven of them, but that when I was 15 I felt that I believed in modern day prophets. She responded, "Well, that makes eight. How about thinking of yourself as 8/13 a Mormon. You will need to study and pray about the others." That did it! I knew more, believed more and understood more about the Mormon Church than I did about my previous church. I did study and pray and I continue to do so. There have been times when I have had a bit of a struggle, but as I study, pray and serve things are resolved. And I continue to move forward in my faith. One of the things I love about our church is the rich and happy associations we have with each other. We truly are a family. And I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In the 43 years I since I have joined the church most of them have been spent working with the youth. I served with the young women for about 33 years. My husband and I have been to oh so many Girls Camps. We also have served in the temple for 8 years, six of which we have been in the Baptistry. I have loved all of this and feel most comfortable when I am with the youth. Family History is also a huge part of my life. When I was 14 my great aunt came to live with us. She brought a large, handwritten genealogy chart. That chart fascinated me! I loved the names and the very structure of it. I hand copied it on to a big brown piece of paper. I had no idea what to do with it. I kept that chart, I kept that chart, it went with me to college and out with me to Wyoming to teach school. There I was introduced to the Mormon Church, it knew what to do with my chart! I have been using that chart ever since. I love Family History and I feel as if I could sell it on the street.