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Hi I'm Barbara

I'm a stay-at-home mom whose nest is almost empty. I love music, genealogy & crocheting. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to do genealogy. I play the piano (and the organ a little), and enjoy playing hymns and hymn arrangements. I enjoy being able to share that talent with others by playing for church meetings. I have always wanted to educate my children at home, and I have enjoyed doing so. I love to crochet. I mostly crochet baby afghans, but have also crocheted doilies, mittens, scarves, hats and some baby sweaters. I served a mission for the Church in England and Wales. I enjoy computers and office work -- so I am the family "computer guru" and help my husband with the office work involved in his business.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born to parents who had converted to the Church about a year before I was born. Their example of dedication gave me a strong foundation for my testimony of the gospel. When I was in my teens, I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon and learn for myself if it was true, as Moroni encourages in Moroni 10:4-5. I wanted to have my own witness and not to depend on my parents, so I took the challenge. I read constantly -- carried my Book of Mormon with me everywhere so I could read in any spare moments. I prayed daily or even more often. This went on for a few months. Then one day as I knelt to pray and asked Heavenly Father again to let me know if this was true, I was blessed with a sure witness directly to my soul that this was true, that He loves me, and the Jesus Christ is my Savior. It's difficult to describe the feeling that came over me, but it made me certain to my very core that the Book of Mormon is true. that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true and living church of God on the earth. That testimony has grown and developed over the years. In spite of challenges, I have never lost that assurance.

How I live my faith

I had my first calling in the church in my teens, when I was asked to play the piano for the young children's Sunday School. Since then, I have had many opportunities to serve, in many different capacities -- from teaching young children, teens and adults to being president of the women's organization in our local congregation. I'm currently the music chairperson for our congregation. I direct the choir, play the organ for our worship services, organize music for any church meetings as needed and help out if any auxiliaries need help with music. I feel an even more important part of living my faith is how we worship at home and teach our children the Gospel. As a family, we meet weekly for "Family Home Evening" to have gospel discussions, play games and enjoy each other's company. We also try to read the scriptures together for a few minutes every day, as well as reading and studying them individually every day. I believe this habit will be of great benefit to my children in their lives long-term. My husband and I also encourage them to come to us with questions, and we enjoy our discussions.