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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and I am a mom of five children. I graduated from university with an Bachelors degree in English Literature and and a Masters degree in Asian Studies. I have been a stay at home mom until just recently when I started working at my husband's business part-time. I love to read and to play with my children. I enjoy golf and traveling. My hobbies are gardening and genealogy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was raised Mormon. Both of my parents were converts to the church. My dad joined when he was fourteen. My mom came into contact with the church when she was in her 20's. The church was an important part of our family. I attended church with my family, we had family prayer and scripture study in our home. I was baptized when I was eight years old. The reason I am still a Mormon is when I was sixteen I read the Book of Mormon on my own. Then I prayed to Heavenly Father to ask about the verity of these scriptures. Before that everything I had been taught about the Church had made sense to me intellectually, but with this experience the spirit testified to me and gave me another witness; I had received my answer from God about the Book of Mormon. I also received a witness of God's love. I know He is, He lives and loves us. Through the Book of Mormon and the Church I have come to know Jesus Christ, who He is and what it means to have faith in Him. I want to follow Him. This is why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I am active in our local ward serving as a Sunday School teacher. I really enjoy this assignment. This year we are studying the Old Testament so a lot of my personal scripture study is focused on the Old Testament. I'm also a Visiting Teacher. I, and another Sister in my ward, visit three ladies in our community. We try to be of service at least once a month. I thought it would be fun to bring the ladies a birthday cake on their birthday this year so they wouldn't have to bake their own cake. They loved the cakes and I enjoyed giving this service.

What do Mormons believe about family?

We are all part of a family. In the Church we address each other as Brother and Sister because we believe that we are all sons and daughters of God. We believe that family is an important part of God's plan for us. The gospel teaches that marriage and family are meant to be eternal. God wants us to be sealed to each other by the power of the Holy Priesthood. This means that our family relationships can remain intact in this life and in life after death. Family and marriage sealing is done in Temples dedicated for this purpose. I remember the day I went to the temple for my wedding. My dress was beautiful and I felt so happy. As I knelt on one side of the alter and my sweetheart knelt on the other side and we were surrounded by family and friends I looked into the mirrors on the wall and saw the reflections that went on and on forever and I knew that there could by no end to my marriage or my happiness. My life revolves around my family, because I know that my family can be together forever. It makes sense to me that eternal life would also include the family unit. I work really hard to encourage a positive and nurturing home centered on Christ. I want my children to know absolutely that their mom and dad love each other and each of them. We teach them to love and to server each other. We know by experience that by following the teachings of Jesus Christ happiness is achieved in the home; there is no better place to practice and apply the principles of the gospel than within the family. We also know that by following the teachings of Jesus Christ we can be together forever. Show more Show less