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Hi I'm Barry

I live in the Seattle Area. I love the gospel of Jesus christ. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love living in the Pacific Northwest. I was born in Utah but moved with my family to Washington state at an early age. I later returned to Utah to attend Brigham Young University and served a mission for the church in England. At college I met and married my sweetheart who is also from Washington state. My work required us to move frequently and we found ourselves living in several different states with each of our four children born in a different one. As beautiful as each of these states were I found myself longing to return to the Pacific Northwest and jumped at the chance when it came along. I love to be outdoors to ride my motorcycle or play disc golf. I love the ocean and going to the beach with my family. My wife and I have been married for 26 years. The two greatest sources for happiness in my life are my family and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It is wonderful that Heavenly Father loved us enough to send His Only Begotten Son to redeem us from our sins and to provide a path to exaltation and eternal life. Following the crucifixion of the Savior and the death of his apostles, the "great apostasy" occurred. Politically powerful men combined their own doctrines with the Gospel of Jesus Christ primarily for personal gain and to assume great power over the people; priesthood authority was again lost from the earth. Once again, God demonstrated his love for us when he restored the gospel of Jesus Christ through the visitation of heavenly messengers and by inspiration to the boy prophet Joseph Smith here on the American continent. Gospel truths and priesthood authority were restored in their fulness and the story of Christ's involvement on this continent was revealed in the translated words of the Book of Mormon. God promised that his priesthood authority would never again be lost, but would remain intact until the Lord returns to personally reign on the earth. We have since had a continuous line of priesthood authority in place with men of God called by revelation to administer in the affairs of God's kingdom. As promised by the Savior, I have witnessed time and again the transformative power of the gospel in the lives of those who embrace Him and His gospel. I know this gospel to be true and I feel so fortunate that I have it in my life.

How I live my faith

I was baptized and confirmed a member of the church at the age of eight years old. I couldn't wait to turn twelve so I could be ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood and become a deacon. I have tried to be a faithful priesthood holder ever since. I am currently serving as the bishop of my ward in our town north of Seattle. Previously, I have served in a variety of callings, or positions, in the church, I love that members of the church serve willingly and voluntarily when called to positions in the church. I believe that this is how Jesus Christ organized his church originally. Even though I can remember feeling inadequate sometimes when serving in callings, I have always had the conviction that Heavenly Father would guide me whenever I asked for help in faith. I try and live my life in a manner consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Barry
No, we don't worship Joseph Smith. We worship God our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. We revere Joseph Smith as a prophet of God. He was the prophet chosen in modern times by God through whom the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored in its "fullness" upon the earth. We believe that priesthood authority and gospel truths were lost during a period of apostasy and this necessitated a "restoration" of all things. This restoration took place by God to Joseph Smith through the visitation of heavenly messengers and by inspiration. Show more Show less