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Hi I'm Barbara

I grew up in a small town in Utah on a cattle ranch. I'm married. We have 5 children and 21 grandchildren. I am a Mormon.

About Me

The town I grew up in had a two room schoolhouse. First, second and third in one room with fourth, fifth and sixth in the other. After elementary school we rode the bus for an hour to the nearest city. I had a hard childhood and was happy when I could head off to college. I met my husband at church and we were married later that year. I started having babies and have been a mom and a grandmother ever since. My husband is now retired and we have built a beautiful home in some wheat fields on the foothills of our local mountains. My favorite thing in the whole world is to spend time with my grandchildren. They are very precious to me. I feel that I understand a little better how my Heavenly Father feels about His children. I see my grandchildren as they are: some talents and strengths, some weaknesses and flaws. Some are very beautiful, some are not. It makes absolutely no difference to me. I love to hear them sing; the ones on tune and the ones out of tune. It doesn't matter, I love to be with them. When I have the time I love to read. Fantasy, science fiction, mystery, anything that takes me out of my life for a few minutes; not that I don't enjoy my life. Reading is like taking a vacation without leaving home. I have about a hundred puzzles that I love to work on. It is very cathartic to take chaos and make order. I have many movies that are my favorites. The genre that I cannot stand to watch are sad dramas that make me cry.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it was all I knew. The small town I was raised in had no other religion available. As I grew up and left town for school I learned more about other faiths and how they differed from the one I knew. My daughter's college professor told her that if a person doesn't know all religions they don't know any. Learning what other people believe is important to me. I have always had a sure faith of Jesus Christ and the Prophet Joseph Smith. This is a gift I have been given. There was never at time when I had doubts of the truths that I had been taught. The doctrines of the Gospel make sense and are logical to me. Living by their precepts brings safety and happiness. To be left to the ideas of the world for my only knowledge is frightening to me. To change what I believe with every new fashion is certain ruin. Standing on the rock of Jesus Christ is the only safe way to live. My faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the motivation to all I do and am. My knowledge that He lived, suffered for my sins, was crucified, resurrected and lives today is a certainty. It is no longer belief or faith but is now knowledge. I am more sure of these truths than I am that the sun will rise in the morning. I also have certain knowledge that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ and was told that none of the currant churches had the whole truth. I know that he translated the Book of Mormon from golden plates left by inhabitants of the Americas hundreds of years ago. I know that he organized the only true church on the earth by power of the Priesthood given him by angels sent from God. And I know that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet today. I know that any person can learn these truths by sincerely praying to God and asking to know what is true.

How I live my faith

For the most part my callings in the Church have been teaching opportunities. I have taught children, Sunday School, women, new converts, and Adult Sunday School. My favorite assignment was teaching a class that taught teachers how to be better. The place the Lord has never me put is with young women. Right now my husband and I have the amazing privilege of being Temple Workers. I have learned so much about the Gospel and the Priesthood that I feel like I knew nothing before. The growth in my testimony and my knowledge has been astounding. My love for Jesus Christ and for my fellow man has grown much.